Early in July, I travelled to Hangzhou, Zhejiang, People's Republic of China to keynote the Industrial Internet Summit 2015. Originally called the "Global Industry Summit," the organizers (primarily the government-owned China News Service and the Internet Society of China) decided to use the name "Industrial Internet" in the title. This is interesting, as the Chinese government has yet another name for IoT/Industrial Internet/IIoT/Industrie 4.0/Cyber-Physical Systems - they call it "Internet Plus.” Over 1,000 people attended the main conference day on Monday, and there were interviews (some already online) on general topics like innovation and entrepreneurship and of course quite a lot about the Industrial Internet Consortium and OMG IIoT standards.
The primary idea of the event was to pull together different "national viewpoints" on Industrial Internet, from the US, China, Japan & Germany. The message was well-received, and the organizers have decided to plan the conference again in the spring of 2016.
There were several interesting themes -- the usual developing-economy theme of leapfrogging technology generations (and in the case of China's very strong manufacturing sector, making sure it at least keeps up-to-date); an aging population which is bringing a huge pension problem home to roost; and the "west vs. east" problem (nearly all of China's rapid development has been in the east, coastal area of the country). I had a very interesting conversation with some government officials about the likelihood that Industrial Internet technology could make a planned economy finally work.
I was able to spend some time visiting Hangzhou, a lovely city set at the foot of a small mountain range by a beautiful (World Heritage-listed) lake called West Lake. It is a great location for this event as it has a section of town (called Binjiang) which has a cluster of Internet companies, including the online sales powerhouse Alibaba and the equipment maker H3C, but also a bevy of small start-ups. Inevitably, they call the area "China's Silicon Valley,” and the conference included a day of visits for VIPs to these companies.
Later that month, I visited General Mills' headquarters in Minneapolis. I was invited to keynote and participate in the biannual Board meeting of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC). This group is important to the future of manufacturing.
I next flew to New York, where after attending the CTO Club breakfast, I had a meeting at the World Economic Forum’s New York secondary headquarters arranged by Derek O'Hallaran, the IT Director at the WEF. Later over lunch, I was interviewed by Roland Lindner, North America correspondent for the largest national paper in Germany (FAZ, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). I was then interviewed by Tech-Research for Gartner, which is conducting a large study on Chief Data Officers. The trend to create Chief Data Officers with responsibility for business use (and proper protection) of corporate data is growing rapidly in several sectors, especially the financial sector.
The rest of my time was spent meeting with Credit Suisse, Google and with Michelle Specht, IBM’s Worldwide Go-to-Market Manager, whose fall conference, ICE IOT - IBM Continuous Engineering for the Internet of Things, is scheduled during the first week of November in Washington, DC. I'll be keynoting and helping to find speakers.
My next stop was at OMG headquarters, where I caught up with the staff before heading to the Industrial Internet Consortium quarterly meeting in Niskayuna, New York, which was a huge success.
After arriving in Niskayuna, I took time out for a talk at the NYS Forum ( http://www.nysforum.org/) by the invitation of Girk Çakmak, co-chair to Business Continuity at The Forum, whom I had met at the MIT CIO Conference in May. The NYS Forum is essentially a way for New York state IT staff to learn about technology trends.
I then left Niskayuna for a series of tours & meetings at Schneider Electric's US headquarters in Andover, MA. They are very committed members of the Industrial Internet Consortium and its mission to develop IoT testbeds.
I also attended the MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality) symposium in July and spoke about the Industrial Internet and data quality. Many of the people I met are interested in OMG modeling and architecture standards and are quite interested in the Industrial Internet Consortium as well. I’ve been attending this event for five years and it gets better & better every year!
My original intent was to spend the day at the MIT Chief Data Officer & Information Quality Summit (MIT CDOIQ) but I had the opportunity to meet with a delegation from the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR, http://www.a-star.edu.sg/), whose Chairman Lim Chuan Poh told me has over 5000 researchers). The organization not only funds research (medical, software, electronics, etc.) but conducts research in-house as well, and coordinates its research with Singaporean education, etc. (This is a very smart group, with a Chairman who was always a few minutes ahead of me in the conversation).
In August, ComputerWorld published an article about the effect that IoT will have on real-time computing. I was interviewed in the article about the lack of interoperability standards that could impact its adoption in the RT world.
After a vacation break, I returned to OMG headquarters in Needham, Ma, to prepare for the company's technical meeting in Cambridge. I always look forward to meeting our members who work diligently to help set the standards for interoperability, modeling and safety of software, especially for IIoT applications. Our special events program is brimming with IT issues that are capturing mainstream media headlines as well as issues disrupting traditional methods of cloud computing. We have also gathered experts who will share their in-depth knowledge and experiences developing IIoT standards, applications and testbeds.
See you in Cambridge, MA from September 21-25!