It’s been quite the busy summer. Even with my vacation factored in, I spent most of the summer travelling to China, Munich, DC, NYC, Tokyo, Orlando and even the Object Management Group® (OMG®) headquarters in Needham, Massachusetts, USA!
Just after June’s quarterly meeting in Tokyo, Stephen Mellor, CTO for the IIC, and I spent two days together in Beijing. We visited the China Mobile Research Institute, the R&D arm of the largest mobile operator in China—and possibly, given the population of the country, one of the largest mobile operators in the world. China Mobile then hosted a nice lunch for us in its executive cafeteria. When that was done, we both left to attend an investment conference across town. Investment in IoT solutions is surging worldwide, and there's huge interest from China of course.
The next day started bright and early at the headquarters of IIC member, China Electronics Standardization Institute. Later, both Stephen and I keynoted at the Chinese Academy of Information and Communications Technology-sponsored workshop on IoT with about 100 attendees.
I spent the entire next day traveling to Shenzhen, Huawei’s headquarters (all sorts of interesting delays at both airports made a 3 1/2-hour trip more like a 7-hour trip). I then spent a full day with the key IoT and Cloud standardization and product management people there, and a further half-hour viewing their product exhibition (de rigeur for visitors to their incredible campus). Huawei strongly supports both OMG and IIC and how they are changing the IoT landscape. An interesting and very smart bunch, not one question wasted all day. And I ate the best Peking Duck I have ever had in my life, in an executive lunchroom. Worth the trip by itself:).
During the first half of July, I attended a flurry of local meetings with Charles Stark Draper Laboratories close to the OMG/IIC headquarters in Boston, the IIC Steering Committee and the MassTech Leadership Council, among others. I also spoke at the MIT CDO & Data Quality Conference, where I discussed open data, semantics, data standards, etc. Once my talk was completed, I made it to the airport just in time to catch my flight—just barely arriving in time in Washington for the Board dinner of Fraunhofer USA; although not a Board member, I was invited as an important partner (Fraunhofer is a member of both OMG and IIC). It is certainly eye-opening to see how much the German Fraunhofer Institute has become very international in scope.
Later that month, I left for a vacation after which my schedule picked up again with meetings locally and in DC and New York City.
This month, I made my last work-related visit of the summer to Huawei's Munich offices; here they have one of their main research centers (run by old friend Walter Weigel, late of Siemens) and a customer support/capture center which are both growing fast.
Now that the northern hemisphere's summer is winding down, it’s time to remind our members that the next OMG TC meeting is scheduled for September 12-16, 2016 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare hotel. We also have four Special Events open to the public, two of which are free. So, I’m extending an invitation to anyone in the Chicago area to join OMG at any of our Special Events or take in the week-long TC meeting.
See you there!