Ignition Wins the Oracle Duke's Choice Award for "Innovative Industrial Software"

At the JavaOne conference this month, Oracle awarded Inductive Automation with the Duke's Choice Award for innovation in the industrial software industry. The award is handed out yearly to companies that make excellent use of the Java programing language to innovate new software solutions in their industry. Past winners of the award include Motorola, Apache and CERN.

Inductive Automation won the award because of their work in creating Ignition, the first Java-based HMI (human machine interface), SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) application in the industrial software industry. In creating Ignition, Inductive Automation was the first private company to implement the OPC-UA standard in Java, effectively extending the use of Java into the manufacturing industry.

Inductive Automation's lead software developers, Carl Gould and Colby Clegg, were on hand at the event to accept the award. "Receiving the award was an honor, I couldn't help but feel a great sense of pride in being a part of the development of Ignition,” said Gould. “It's such a unique product, and so different from any other HMI/SCADA product on the market.” His colleague Clegg elaborated on that point: "Ignition is very different – and this award says to everyone that it’s different in a good way."

Platform independence, web-based architecture, unlimited clients, and the quickest installation in the industry are some of the aspects that make Ignition so different – and now award-winning. Ignition users have been lauding these differences for years. The receipt of the Duke's Choice Award is a testimony that large companies outside of the industrial industry, such as Oracle, are taking notice. Ignition is special, and having Java at it's core is a big reason for that.

The decision to use Java as the platform for Ignition was not an easy one; and not one that was made lightly. Gould explained: "We knew that we wanted to keep everything unified and simple. To do to this meant that we needed to use one programing language for everything. We considered several, but Java offered the most potential advantages to Ignition users, so that's what we went with."


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