As the automation market emerges from the depths of the global recession, ARC predicts that automation services will lead the way for growth. Many capital and migration projects that companies postponed or cancelled over the past couple of years are now coming back online. Users realize that their problems are far worse now than before as many of their control systems rapidly approach the end of their useful lives. In addition, automation end users face an ever-increasing shortage of skilled workers to plan and execute projects due to layoffs and impending retirements. Automation suppliers have the knowledge and capability to provide users with the skilled resources they need to bring new projects online, maintain and optimize their existing assets, and improve plant operations management.