Ecosystem Blogs

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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We all Need a Pair of Blue Jeans and a Shovel

Who Actually Struck it Rich?

The most memorable stories from the California Gold Rush focus on the lucky souls who struck it rich. Perhaps just as interesting were those who supplied the tools that the miners needed to be successful -- the picks, shovels, and pans. Some of these suppliers were amazingly innovative and entrepreneurial: Levi Strauss (along with partner Jacob Davis who patented the copper rivet reinforcement in the heavy-duty pants) famously supplied denim jeans. More than 150 years later, Strauss’ company is still successfully supplying jeans, and more, to people around the world.

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