System Integrator Giants of 2014


Figure 4: Outside of North America, 30% or more of companies provide system integration services to Europe, South America, Central America, and Asia.Affiliations and specialties

Compared to 2013 data, the list of professional and third-party affiliations of the 2014 System Integrator Giants has shuffled around. Affiliations with the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers have increased from 17% to 34%, bumping the National Fire Protection Association from the top five. The Control System Integrator Association, the International Society of Automation, Underwriters Laboratories, and the Project Management Institute continue to be popular connections for the System Integrator Giants.

When asked about their company’s engineering technology experience, the 2014 System Integrator Giants identified seven top specialties: programmable logic controllers (90%), project management (84%), process control (83%), control design (82%), general controls (81%), general automation (78%), and human machine interfaces (77%). Each of the 2014 companies cited 53 engineering specialties, on average.

Figure 5: The majority of the 2014 System Integrator Giants are affiliated with CSIA and/or ISA. ISO grew the most among the 2014 System Integrator Giants, compared to the companies in the 2013 System Integrator Giants.

Figure 6: Top 15 engineering specialties, experience, and/or technologies Figure 6: PLCs, project management skills, process control, control design, and general controls were among the leading engineering specialties for the 2014 System Integrator Giants.

Amanda McLeman is director of research and project manager of events and awards programs at Control Engineering, CFE Media, Edited by Mark T. Hoske, content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media,

6 key findings from the 2014 System Integration report

  1. Hiring engineering talent for both system integration and industry expertise is a big challenge for system integrators.
  2. On average, system integrators work on 15 projects per year.
  3. HMI hardware/equipment, OI, control panels, alarms, annunciators, data acquisition equipment, and data recorders/plotters are the most frequently integrated devices.
  4. Engineering skills, knowledge of industry standards, and project management skills are the most valuable for quality system integration work.
  5. The average system integration project is valued at about $67,000.
  6. System integrators expect their companies to grow an average of 15% over the next few years.

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