I’m on the road again. This time visiting Sacramento, Calif. and the offices of Inductive Automation. In the past I’ve had some indepth technical discussions about SQL databases, Java, SCADA and MES with the software developers there. We decided to record one of the discussions. In this wide ranging discussion with President Steve Hechtman and senior software developers Colby Clegg and Carl Gould, we touch on the importance of database knowledge for new engineers, how databases are the underlying technology for enterprise connectivity, OPC UA’s future and Linux in manufacturing.