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  • I am looking for some general advice regarding work for a potential client.

    This client is a controls systems salesman/developer who does work with large manufacturing companies.  He licenses and installs proprietary software at each manufacturer which acts as a hub that talks to the equipment and populates an on-site SQL database (all hardware software is housed locally and will need to remain that way).

    This proprietary software has a basic Windows-based dashboard, but it does not have the web or mobile application component.  So manufacturing employees cannot easily monitor these dashboards on tablets/phones/etc as they move around the plant.

    My client's idea is to write a web-based company which would be installed on their local servers and has a responsive UI that can be used on tablets/phones.  

    I'm not 100% convinced that this is the best solution.  Mostly because if this software were installed across 50-100 manufacturers, it would be very difficult to update and patch because each installation is isolated and there would be no shared databases/servers across all of his customers.

    Would there be a better way to approach this, to account for the fact that these are isolated systems?  Maybe a Windows-based mobile app that can be updated on-demand?

    Any guidance would be appreciated.

    Friday, September 1, 2017 4:53 PM