At last year’s Aveva World event, the company announced its intent to bring its range of software technologies together to deliver one end-to-end, artificial intelligence-infused software for engineering and operations—all accessible via one pane of glass. At the time, Rob McGreevy, chief product officer at Aveva, said Aveva’s vision is to create a connected community where users still own all their data but can securely share it with equipment vendors, suppliers and customers.
Aveva Connect is the company’s industrial cloud platform developed to enable users to securely connect and visualize their engineering and operations data and enable collaboration with trusted partners and customers. In announcing the wide availability of Connect, Aveva noted that Connect and the Microsoft Fabric data analytics solution are now interoperable to help users streamline the process of collecting, transforming and organizing data from various sources.
“Successful connected industrial ecosystems depend on breaking down siloes and having access to the same set of trusted data,” said Caspar Herzberg, CEO of Aveva. “Their ability to do this depends on IT and operations knowledge. Aveva Connect brings disparate software systems together so that they operate together in cloud, on-premises or hybrid [a mix of on-premises and cloud deployment]. Connect is the gateway to an unlimited world of analytics from Aveva and third-party providers.”
Herzberg added that one of the key aspects of Connect is that “you don’t just see data but can interact with it.”
The technologies underlying Aveva Connect have been around for decades, noted McGreevy, “but interconnectivity via the cloud to collect, capture, share and analyze data has really developed in just the past few years. We’re building on our experience to digitally design new capital assets and scan existing ones to bring them into this connected system. This mirror image digital twin of the real world provides amazing opportunities we haven’t had before and leads toward industrial software’s increasingly highly connected and interactive capabilities. One of the subtle things about this shift—beyond capturing increasing amounts of data—is how do you do something with it. From interacting with SAP or setting a control point on the plant floor, that’s what we can do by leveraging our history and in-house domain expertise in addition to the insights from our thousands of system integrator partners.”
Referencing Aveva customers already using Connect, Herzberg said, "Industry leaders are already unlocking 10% higher profitability, 3x return on investment and up to 20% higher sustainability performance. Yet the true benefits go beyond the numbers. Connected digital insights enables you to turn volatility into commercial opportunity by transforming industrial production into digital insights so that you can boost efficiency, resilience and sustainable impact.”
Explaining how Aveva’s scope of vision has changed with the development of Connect, Herzberg said, “We went from putting the software we have on Connect to realizing that, for our customers to be successful, they need to have access to other suppliers’ software too. That why Connect—and our vision for it—is about open ecosystems.”
He said that several software packages from other companies will be on Connect by this time next year. “And analytics providers—even ones that compete with us” will be included in this, he said. “Our plan is to have thousands of companies’ technologies on Connect.”
Custeau added that this broader access to advanced software technologies means that data scientists will only be used for complex tasks in the near future. “We’ll all become data analysts because the tech is making it easier for users at all levels. When you have access to content in an easy-to-digest format, you can have more people applying analyses and developing more use cases.”
Aveva commissioned Forrester Research to conduct a Total Economic Impact study based on interviews with users of Aveva Data Hub (a key component of Aveva Connect). This research was designed to understand how Aveva customers are using digital insights to accelerate value, drive agility and unlock sustainability and efficiency gains. Combing the survey results to represent a composite organization showed that, over a three-year period, the “organization” saw an improvement in operational efficiency of 1-2%, resulting in cost savings of $405,000 and a return on investment of 466% in less than six months.