About Us

With over 30 years of SCADA and Telemetry experience and now moving into Industrial IoT and the Digital Transformation, Cirrus Link leadership understands the technology necessary to enable and effectively manage data assets for real-time controls and industrial applications. Cirrus Link solutions expose data to more applications and across the enterprise based on the efficient, open-standard MQTT protocol co-created by CTO Arlen Nipper.


Cirrus Link provides a modular approach to building enterprise-class applications with IIoT and SCADA software, Cloud Injectors, and MQTT servers

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the technology to allow customers to enable on-time, real-time access to critical business information for smarter decision making.


Cirrus Link puts data to work – faster and smarter.  


All use of the software is controlled by the  Cirrus Link Solutions Software License Agreement - May 2020.



Arlen Nipper, BSEE

Arlen Nipper brings over 38 years of experience in the SCADA industry to Cirrus Link as President and CTO. He was one of the early architects of pervasive computing and the Internet of Things and co-invented MQTT, a publish-subscribe network protocol that has become the dominant messaging standard in IoT. He has worked for Amoco and Koch Oil, and served as President and CTO of Arcom Control Systems and Eurotech Inc. His experience covers a broad range of technology from the design and manufacturing of embedded systems to SCADA system infrastructure implementations. Arlen holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BSEE) from Oklahoma State University.


Chris Houghton, CENG, MBA

Chris Houghton has been working with industrial controls and SCADA applications for over 30 years. He started in the Oil and Gas industry and combines an engineering background with strong business expertise to lead Cirrus Link as CEO. Chris began his career in the UK as a data acquisition project manager for BICC Transmitton and later led the process control division at Arcom. He was appointed CEO of Arcom in charge of global management and oversaw record sales for the company. During this time, he collaborated with Arlen Nipper to execute new innovations in remote data and M2M technology which led to the founding of Cirrus Link. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in engineering (BENG) and earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Baker University.

See Arlen’s Ted Talk here: