Wonderware recognized as top automation, information software vendor

For the fifth consecutive year, Wonderware has received Frost & Sullivan's 2008 "Product of the Year" in the human-machine interface category. Wonderware InTouch 10.0 and System Platform 3.0 software also were recognized for their ability to assist manufacturers in achieving operational excellence by maximizing equipment utilization and operational effectiveness. Frost and Sullivan said that customers using these products identified several outstanding features...

LAKE FOREST, CA, April 16, 2008 -- For the fifth consecutive year, Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys, has received Frost & Sullivan's 2008 "Product of the Year" in the human-machine interface (HMI) category. Wonderware InTouch 10.0 and System Platform 3.0 software also were recognized for their ability to assist manufacturers in achieving operational excellence by maximizing equipment utilization and operational effectiveness.

In writing the award, Frost and Sullivan said that customers using InTouch 10.0 HMI and System Platform 3.0 software identified several outstanding features including ease-of-use offered by ArchestrA graphics, scalability via object-based creation, interoperability with other hardware and robust customer support. These factors were cited as key to reducing engineering time and lowering overall lifecycle costs.

According to Frost & Sullivan, Wonderware InTouch 10.0 HMI and System Platform 3.0 software solutions are likely to emerge as a benchmark for innovative approaches to real-time operational challenges faced by customers in the discrete, hybrid and process industries. The global growth consulting company also noted that InTouch 10.0 HMI and System Platform 3.0 software provide the necessary tools to help companies build applications that address the business complexities of the entire enterprise. Instead of different software for supervisory control, predictive maintenance, quality control, batch processing, product genealogy, recipe management and downtime analysis, Frost & Sullivan said customers benefit from the single integrated solution.

"Wonderware continues to have a solid understanding of challenges faced by companies in the expansive automation and information industry and continues to develop solutions that successfully integrate automation systems with business applications," said Sivakali Prasad Dasari, Frost & Sullivan industry analyst. "Wonderware has consistently stayed ahead of competition by quickly identifying new trends and developing innovative approaches that go beyond customer expectations."

InTouch 10.0 HMI and System Platform 3.0 software also were recognized for interoperability which enables manufacturers with plants worldwide to easily integrate global operations. Wonderware solutions can be used to develop the required tools to effectively view plant and business performance, enabling customers to improve execution and quality, streamline business strategy and provide performance analysis to increase competitiveness through greater speed, efficiency and innovation.

For the past five years, Frost & Sullivan has recognized Wonderware software's innovative product design and development. In 2007, Wonderware received Frost & Sullivan's North American Company of the Year Award for outstanding software solutions. In 2006, Frost & Sullivan named Wonderware Company of the Year for its pioneering work in the human-machine interface (HMI) and manufacturing software technology market segments. ; Wonderware InTouch HMI software received the 2005 Product Innovation Award. In addition, in 2004, Wonderware received the Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Enhancement Award.

"Being recognized again by Frost & Sullivan continues to reinforce the Wonderware strategy of developing software that's easy to use and provides outstanding business benefits by solving some of our customer's toughest operations management challenges," said Mark Davidson, Wonderware vice president of global marketing.

Frost & Sullivan award criteria are determined through an extensive research methodology. The analyst team tracks all new product launches, research and development spending, products in development, and new product features and modifications. This is accomplished through interviews with market participants, and extensive secondary and technology research. All new product launches and new products in development at each company being considered are compared and evaluated based on degree of innovation and customer satisfaction. Frost & Sullivan then presents awards to companies ranked No. 1 in overall product success.

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