Does Implementing a system for backup and version control result in adjustments to the IT infrastructure that substantially reduces costs? The answer is yes, as it helps reduce risks to production facilities. A secure and safeguarded production facility means fewer errors, reduced downtime, reliable delivery times, and satisfied customers and partners. All of these benefits make the investment in version control and backup system, like AUVESY’s versiondog, truly worth it.
Why are version control and data backup functions of a data management system a valuable aid? They automate simple but time-consuming tasks that are normally carried out manually. Automation naturally helps free up maintenance personnel so that they can undertake other important tasks. Regularly carrying out comparisons allows for authorized changes to be monitored. Such functions of a data management system also allow for unauthorized changes to be quickly detected, which in turn allows correction to the appropriate software version.
Changes made to devices can lead to errors, which in turn can lead to downtime or defective products. For this reason, it is necessary to monitor, track, safeguard, and compare changes made to projects and to device program logic. The need for these processes is further reinforced by the fact that the number of different processors, devices, data, and possible sources of error also continues to grow.
How often have you asked whether the software version running on the device is the same as the latest released version on the server? Only with the right kind of data management system—giving you more certainty, safety, and security—is it possible to answer this question. A critical aspect of data management is version control.
Version control refers to a system in which the changes made to a file or to a number of files are logged over time. It helps to centrally manage upload, download and compare processes. This, in turn, enables monitoring of who changed what, where, when, and why, helping to more accurately pinpoint the source of error should any problems arise. When required, version control can also help to quickly find and restore a previous, error-free version. A detailed comparison of the online version (running on the device) and the offline version (on the server) makes it possible to display the results of a comparison graphically so that personnel are not forced to fly blind when it comes to operating that device.
The top 3 criteria when evaluating version control advantages are:
- A manufacturer-independent solution, like versiondog, is vendor-agnostic and is compatible with a wide variety of brands and devices.
- A functional system that can be relied on wherever personnel are as it’s no longer rare for production to be spread out globally, which is why it is so important that version control systems, like versiondog, are location independent.
- A version control system must be capable of detecting, monitoring, comparing, and analyzing changes to devices made by external system integrators and OEMs. Versiondog is capable of coordinating external personnel according to these requirements and can provide has the added documentation of change reasons to allow for 100% clarity and traceability.
While the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is set to bring about major changes to the work environment of today‘s maintenance departments, the aim of those departments will continue to be maintaining a well-secured and safeguarded production facility. To achieve this, backup and version control like that offered with versiondog will play an even more critical role to ensure safety, reliability, peace of mind and will help production processes to become even more eﬃcient.