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You’re Building the Wrong Twin!

Everyone is talking about Digital Transformation, Industrial Analytics, IoT, and Industry 4.0. Much of the discussion advocates a crawl, walk, run approach by taking on the low hanging fruit of smaller, limited use cases using Proof of Concepts (POCs). This typically requires a lot of data wrangling to be completed before the use case can even be executed. More often than not, these data wrangling activities enable just one use case. So when things change operationally, applications fail and they lack the scalability to be deployed enterprise-wide.

If you find yourself manually mapping data, building specialized integrations, or manipulating 40,000 row X 26,000 column spreadsheets then you need to consider whether the solution will scale across your organization and provide you with the runway that supports you as your operations and use cases change over time.

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Now the Rubber Meets the Road!

My first article after joining Element was regarding my experience in Europe at OSIsoft PI World and Honeywell conferences in ‘A tale of two cities’. Subsequently, I've considered Element's role in digital transformation, and how agility is pivotal in this fast-paced ecosystem.

It’s been 6 months since I joined Element, and times are a-changing. This February I attended the ARC Advisory Group Conference in Orlando, and one keynote talk that particularly struck me was Larry Megan, Director at Praxair Digital, who began his keynote, “Building DigitalDNA@Scale,” by stating that it can be hard to sort out the hype from the reality. “You hear about the promise, but we all have technology and organizational debt.” He went on to say “It’s important to know your target. Don’t get hung up on the definitions, just what you need to accomplish.” In Praxair’s case, this included real-time visibility, granularity, reduced friction, and ecosystem connectivity. “It’s not about being more digital, but about changing how work gets done,” he said.

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The missing link for digital transformation: Mastering the asset data domain

Having spent the most of my career serving industrial clients’ Information Technology needs, I found the week I spent at the 23rd ARC Industry Forum very interesting indeed. The conference was entitled “Driving Digital Transformation in Industry & Cities.” The conference was chock-full of presentations on industrial use cases & their potential value to the enterprise. I spoke with many attendees and there is an excitement I’ve not seen in a while, that the industry is producing truly digital outcomes that deliver on the promise of Industrial Digital Transformation.

On the IT side of the business you don’t hear “Digital Transformation” as frequently. It’s a given that the information domains supported by IT – Financial, Supply Chain, People & Customers - are already digital. Large Industrials have delivered on a technology stack to “master” these domains and as a result – for the most part – this data is widely used throughout the enterprise and is easily delivered via highly reliable, secure, scalable & trusted enterprise systems. IT analytics, whether analyzing marketing campaign effectiveness or product revenue trends, is performed with ease by a cadre of data scientists and analysts.

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Mutate or Die!

Evolutionary science says that evolution is the process of natural selection that allowed random mutations to help humans become the dominant species on our planet. However, this evolution takes many forms with domestic dogs, cats, and even flowers becoming dominant because some trait that makes them appealing to humans and therefore they have reached dominance through human propagation. In life, it is the propagation of DNA that is the goal. As a native Brit I do love a cuppa, and recently had the opportunity while visiting to Sri Lanka to see how our love of the cuppa has transformed the high altitude landscape. The photograph for this piece was taken at the Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory.

But everything on our planet has its own “DNA”. My native English is the most spoken language on earth in no small part to the British Empire, but also because of its ability to adopt and integrate words from other languages or just create new words. The Sci-Fi series Firefly got it right with their spoken language being English + Spanish + Chinese but it was still called English, the language evolves. We even see it in political ideology and the collapse of communism in no small part because of its rigid controls and unwillingness to let natural forces have their natural influence.

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Treat the Whole Machine

360 Degree View of the Patient

Lately, my daughter and I have been binge watching doctor shows. In most episodes, patients are wheeled in presenting symptoms that need immediate attention. The doctors and surgeons work the obvious symptoms but sometimes prescribe treatments that don't address or, even worse, even mask more severe, underlying problems. Our heroes, Dr. Sean Murphy in The Good Doctor and Nurse Nic in The Resident, save the day by picking up bits of patient context from a conversation with a family member, an overlooked x-ray, a buried report or some other stray clue that leads to a brilliant moment of clarity and a prescriptive recommendation that saves the patient's life.

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