The Automation INSIDER is an independent monthly e-mail newsletter and editorial report on the continuing evolution, development and convergence of industrial automation, instrumentation and process control technologies worldwide for automation and process control system users, designers, installers and suppliers. It is compiled by Walt Boyes and published by Spitzer and Boyes, LLC. The INSIDER is based on analysis of news releases, meetings and conferences relevant to the industry and the major automation suppliers.

Each issue of the Automation INSIDER is typically 20-35 pages long and is delivered in pdf format. The INSIDER contains no advertising which enables us to cover stories as we see fit. Each issue presents news, trends, analysis and opinion designed to trigger ideas in marketing, sales, business strategy, purchasing, system integration, and engineering. Typical readers work in sales, marketing, purchasing, publishing, public relations, and engineering for automation systems and process plants, who want to break free of advertiser influenced news and analysis.

Each month the INSIDER reports on and provides informed comment on news and developments as they affect every industry sector from chemicals, petrochemicals and utilities to building automation, pharmaceuticals, food and drink and discrete piece part manufacture.

Does your business rely on automation to keep running? Do you provide automation services to businesses? If the answer is yes then the Industrial Automation and Process Control INSIDER is a publication which you need to have in order to stay on top of developments and know about the key innovations and methods that might affect your business.

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The Industrial Automation and Process Control INSIDER is one of the few “must read” publications in the automation and process control field. It is the only publication in the field that is subscriber-based, and does not take advertising of any kind. The INSIDER is written for automation professionals by automation professionals, and reveals actionable and timely information that users, designers, suppliers, manufacturers, control system integrators, and other automation professionals can use. Published monthly, the INSIDER comments on the news without fear or favor, and provides a look at the profession and the field that appears nowhere else. Featured each month is the Industry Health Watch, a model of the automation vendor community that provides leading indicators on the health of the automation sector. Also featured are commentary from Europe, Asia, South America, and the Editorial by Walt Boyes, long time industry analyst and futurist.

The INSIDER has been published since 1997 when it was originally launched by Andrew Bond as the SCADA Insider. In August 2010, Nick Denbow took over the mantle and the responsibility. Over the years the INSIDER grew as an authoritative source for analysis and commentary on the industry developments. Changing to a digital format and even adding pictures did not change the wit behind the articles nor the will to say what was not addressed in other publications. Often it has been this commentary that has provided the real information for readers.


Walt Boyes has been editing the INSIDER since February 2014 when the INSIDER was acquired by Spitzer and Boyes, LLC. Walt promises to expand coverage and continue providing independent reporting, analysis and opinion in this subscription only publication without the influence of advertisers.

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I read the INSIDER all the way through. It’s a great publication and should be a must read for anyone in the field. It opened my eyes to things I haven’t been thinking about.

Larry Evans, Founder of AspenTech

The news reported in the INSIDER comes from contacts within the industry, suppliers’ press releases, and third parties. Relevant news submissions and press releases are welcome.

The INSIDER also publishes selected news items associated with industrial and process automation and instrumentation on an associated blog and news website located at Some of these items are drawn from the editorial submissions.

Offers of interviews, articles and comment are always welcome, as are invitations to press launches and demonstrations