From Hype to Reality, a Partner Ecosystem Perspective

Having spent most of my working life around technology I have seen my fair share of economic booms and busts. Apart from the meta-economic influences, the Silicon Valley cycle usually follows its own wave tied to “the next big thing”-- the wave of investment, over expectation, under delivery, and subsequent crash. This obesogenic hype environment means great ideas typically die before their time and are reborn years later when the foundational problems have been resolved.

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I’ve Glimpsed the Future: Why I Joined Element

I believe the next wave of innovation in the process and manufacturing industries will be driven by sharing and exchanging information about the lifecycle and performance of industrial equipment, from cradle to grave. This exchange will be driven by a tight collaboration between owner-operators, industrial equipment manufacturers, equipment service companies and other specialized suppliers that make up the industrial ecosystem.

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Jonathan Skelding
Aug 30, 2018

Jonathan Skelding

A Tale of Two Cities

The similarities to the Dickens novel are sparse: our data is imprisoned, we are at the beginnings of a revolution that has been a long time coming, and the cities are Barcelona and Madrid.

I am one month in to joining Element and as part of that spent two weeks in Spain to see the ecosystem and conferences of two of the partners I manage: OSIsoft and Honeywell.  Element was incubated out of OSIsoft and is a close technology partner and Honeywell invested in Element’s Series A round.

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Element Continues to Grow and Hires New Leaders from Oracle and GE Digital

I’m gratified to lead a startup providing an impactful software solution to industrial companies. I’m even more gratified when that solution gets noticed and oure company gains momentum.

The most recent evidence of Element’s momentum -- scaling to reach more companies with our solution --  is the hiring of our first EVP Sales. The indicators of our ramp can be found beyond that, however.

The news: we’ve hired Stephen Walsh as our first Executive Vice President of Sales.

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Employee Spotlight on “Elementee” Enrique Meneses

Enrique is a software engineer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to Element he created a product at Careflow Solutions based on his work with health care standards for care planning and coordination of care. He holds a BS in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Q: As a former entrepreneur, what skills were transferable from starting your own business to working at Element?

A: I had the opportunity to work with multiple health care clients from the early stages of an idea to building and delivering working products. I was lucky to connect with teams who valued user experience design and lean execution. That experience aligns great with the strong customer focus and agile execution of the Element teams.

My role was a mix of consultant and engineer. I worked with users from the early requirements phase, worked on architecture, design and developed the product (both backend and front-end) as a member of my client’s IT teams. I also developed my own product; so for the last couple of years, I've been operating in startup mode.

Q: Tell us a bit more about what you do on a day to day basis here at Element.

A: I build backend software for integrating information from the industrial internet of things (IIoT). I get to do functional programming in Scala, my favorite programming language. I am excited to be contributing to bringing together the diversity of industrial assets and high volume time series data to enable our digital twin platform for industrial transformation.

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