A key goal for digital transformation is factory automation, which can be slowed down by distance - both physical and organizational - between operational technology (OT) and organizations co-located at factory locations, and IT organizations housed at corporate headquarters. The new Mendix for Industrial Edge platform, announced today at Mendix World Version 2.0, empowers factory operators to create custom applications on the Mendix low-code platform that run locally as Edge Apps to collect data, have access to insights in near real-time and provide optimal user experiences to a variety of end users. The Mendix low-code platform is designed to abstract much of the complexities and expand the talent pool for IoT application development, further empowering OT leaders to address their most pressing issues with limited IT intervention. Business developers, domain engineers and plant operations staff can now create Apps for Siemens Industrial Edge without programming skills. When combined with Siemens’ MindSphere®
, the industrial IoT as a service solution from Siemens, and other Xcelerator cloud solutions, customers can quickly realize the benefits of a completely integrated edge to cloud experience.