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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Sameer Kalwani
Feb 21, 2019

Sameer Kalwani

A Quick Primer on Element’s AssetHub

Andy provided a great overview about why industrial companies need a 360° view of their assets, why an asset-oriented Data Hub is needed to create that, and what are the requirements that Data Hub must fulfill in order to meet the needs of asset-intensive industries. If you haven’t read it, and are struggling to enable your engineers and operators to become citizen data scientists, I highly recommend you give it a read. You’ll understand why prior analytics strategies just aren’t working.

With that background, Element’s AssetHub is the solution that fulfills this gap. Here’s a quick primer on Element AssetHub:

What is Element’s AssetHub?

AssetHub allows you to build an enterprise data model of your assets, using your existing systems to create a comprehensive view of your instrumentation, equipment and processes. It does this by connecting to real-time, design, and other operationally relevant systems. It then constructs a comprehensive data representation of your assets that we call Asset Twins.

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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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What is Element AssetHub?

ARC’s Industry Forum is an annual pilgrimage for operations leaders in global industrial companies and their technology vendors who want to share best practices, stay on top of emerging trends, and catch up with old friends. 950 of us gathered last week in Orlando, FL to address “Digital Transformation,” and the need for asset-intensive industries seeking to adopt modern technologies like cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that are increasingly embedded in other industries like finance and healthcare.

This was the perfect venue for us to announce the release of Element AssetHub because industrial digital transformation depends on data, a lot of data, and AssetHub is the world’s first data hub built to address the unique challenges of asset data – all IT/OT data associated with industrial equipment and operations.

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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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