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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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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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Leading Analyst Firm Weighs In On Industrial IoT (and that’s a good thing)

If you’re reading this, you know that one of the industrial sector’s current Holy Grails is data analysis. Industrial IoT generates huge amounts of operations data and so, the thinking goes, companies should move quickly to analyze that data. This, in turn, should pave the way to enhanced operational efficiency, smarter use of equipment, smaller environmental impacts, better worker safety and, of course, higher profits. Simple, right? Amazon, Google and Facebook profit mightily from sophisticated data analysis – so why not oil and gas, manufacturing and utility companies?

But if you’re reading this, you also know that processing, managing and integrating data from sensors, engineering systems, and transactional systems is really hard. The job generally requires deploying a battalion of people armed with spreadsheets. In the current era of algorithms and automation, managing industrial data is embarrassingly last-century.

Knowing this, it’s fair to ask if reality will ever catch up to the hype of industrial data analysis. Specifically, will a method emerge to efficiently manage and integrate industrial data so that sophisticated analytics can be performed?

We feel that Gartner, the world’s leading IT analyst firm, is increasingly focused on this question. We think that fact alone should tell you that something is up.

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The Quarterback at Element: The Product Manager

Many people say that product management is the “it” role in Silicon Valley. I don’t necessarily disagree; after all, many of my peers going into tech companies were adamant about becoming product managers before they realized the scarcity of the role. Despite the plethora of “What is Product Management” articles floating around the internet, it remains a nebulous career owing to both its apparent scarcity and because its responsibilities are so uniquely tied to people and product. With all that being said, I feel beyond fortunate to have experienced my first taste of product management at Element Analytics.

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Production, People, and Partners: A Review of 2017

2017 is the year we’ll remember as the “end of the beginning” for Industrial Digital Transformation. It was the year when the definition of “digital transformation” itself was argued about, accused of being a “buzz word,” and featured as the headline for many conference presentations, papers and articles.  The market is finally, albeit slowly, shifting from endless proofs of concepts of cool new technologies and toward a greater focus on true digital transformation solving real business problems.

We’re beginning to see production grade projects being rolled out in industrial companies, everything from individual site based deployments to enterprise projects federating data from dozens of sites and systems across an industrial fleet.  At Element Analytics we’re hopeful that this is a harbinger of companies looking to truly transform their operations to achieve important business outcomes.

For us, 2017 can be summed up in 3 words: Production, People, and Partners.