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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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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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IoT, streaming data, analytics, and a little design thinking (Part 2)

A Microsoft and Element Podcast

I recently participated in a discussion with the Microsoft industry experiences team (David Starr and Diego Tamburini) to talk all things IoT, including the cultural changes data-informed decision making has on organizations.

The discussion was recorded as a podcast. This is Part 2. If you missed part 1, you can find it here.

Listen to the full-podcast here.

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IoT, streaming data, analytics, and a little design thinking (Part 1)

A Microsoft and Element Podcast

I recently participated in a discussion with the Microsoft industry experiences team (David Starr and Diego Tamburini) to talk all things IoT, including the cultural changes data-informed decision making has on organizations.

The discussion was recorded as a podcast. This is Part 1. We will be bringing you part 2 soon.

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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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