Successful First inmation User Group Meeting

on Wednesday, 07 December 2016. Posted in General



Powers of 10 – Size is only half of what matters

Written by Timo Klingenmeier on Friday, 29 April 2016. Posted in General

People often talk about size. “Mine’s bigger” is a frequent boast when people gather to have cocktails and talk about their new PC with 11 CPU cores, or their gargantuan movie collection (burned legally from their purchased DVDs of course), their 6-wheel drive Humvee 7 with Dual V-12 engines, or even their favorite Gillette razor with 10 blades (here, feel this).

Size does indeed matter. The Internet of Things (IoT) has ushered in an area without upper bound on the size of the ever-growing recoded history about the world around us. “Big Data” is now a convenient euphemism for this information explosion, and every technology provider is rushing to proclaim how their platform is “bigger” and “better” than their competition. To succeed in today’s Analytics-driven world, it is not enough to be bigger. You also have to be smaller!

Today, inmation makes the bold claim that we are smaller than all of them. Curious? Read on!

system:inmation featured by ARC Advisory Group

on Thursday, 29 October 2015. Posted in General

Published at ARC Advisory Group by Constanze Schmitz and Valentijn de Leeuw


inmation and Transpara Demonstrate Cloud-based NoSQL database for Operational Intelligence

When the Internet started it had 11 nodes, today this number is estimated to exceed 15 billion. Consumers access the internet through mobile phones, PCs, tablets and their TV. Industrial companies connect increasing numbers of equipment ranging from computers and machines to field devices and sensors. As a result the collected data has grown exponentially over the last years and is expected to grow further to support developments such as increased use of sensors sparked by Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0. Until the end of the 1990s data flows were predominately outbound, while these days data flows in increased quantities in both directions. While storage and computing power have become relatively cheap, bandwidth can be a limiting factor.

The 10 Million Tag System aka the Enterprise Control Foundation

Written by Timo Klingenmeier on Tuesday, 12 May 2015. Posted in General

Published at SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) International


Today, we want to talk about scale. Scale matters in the real-time information world. Scale matters with process data. Scale matters for large enterprises.

For the ones of you, who have not spent the last years close to automated production and control systems: The term “Tag” refers to a named item or object in this domain – usually associated to some moving data properties and classified by a certain designation system. Designation systems in industry can be compared to stock market tickers. Everybody understands that MSFT.NAS refers to the share price of Microsoft at the NASDAQ stock exchange. Similarly, a control engineer understands that TC40101.PV is the current process value of the controlled temperature of tank 10 in area 40 of a distinct production plant. Or so. Unfortunately, industrial designation systems are not finally regulated on a global scale, as stock ticker symbols are. Money always wins.

Press Release: World’s First NoSQL Process Historian

on Tuesday, 21 April 2015. Posted in Press Release, General

Published at Pressebox.de


Product release: inmation presents the next generation of industrial system integration middleware based on the leading NoSQL database - MongoDB

(PresseBox) (Cologne, 21.04.2015) The inmation Software GmbH, based near Cologne, Germany, today announces the release of its new software product system:inmation. system:inmation is a centrally configurable and horizon­tally scalable data middleware system with historian and infrastructure features. It is specifically designed to meet today's increasing requirements of production system real-time data connectivity and system integration simplification. These requirements are catalysed by the prospering Industrie 4.0 and Smart Factory trends. Offering scalability options for all service layers, the product eases the complete and cost-effective enterprise-wide integration between production process, technical analysis, MES, BI and ERP layer.

NoSQL meets Industrial Mass Data

Written by Timo Klingenmeier on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. Posted in General

Published at ODBMS.org


I am writing this whitepaper at the near end of a two-year software product development cycle. It is not about the joy (and sometimes) pain my team and me were having throughout this endeavour. It is not about how great our new product is, we leave it up to our customers to decide.

It is about NoSQL, being consequently used as the general database technology underneath our real-time architecture. system:inmation collects data from a huge variety of purely industrial systems – Devices, Control Systems, HMI, SCADA, you name it. It also collects data from generic ‘not-so-real-time systems’, such as classical relational databases or structured files. It finally consolidates the different data and turns everything into a large, multi-server OPC Unified Architecture model, historizes all kinds of structures and exposes this consolidated namespace in a secure fashion to third-party applications on Enterprise IT level.