I’ve just returned to OMG’s Needham headquarters after another trip to Chile in January and early February. Last April, I briefed government, academic and industry leaders there on the OMG-managed Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) -- see the blog post from April, including pictures with the President of Chile [http://blog.omg.org/2014/05/a-few-days-in-santiago-introducing-the-industrial-internet-consortium-to-chile.html]. This trip was a trifecta of activities all converging.
One of the many high points was the enormous amount of activity in Chile around the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet, focusing on real systems and standards. For example, I learned that the Chilean government is developing nationwide Centers of Excellence in the Industrial Internet. At the same time, CODELCO[http://www.codelco.cl/] (Chile's largest company, and the largest copper miner in the world) joined the IIC and is developing a set of use cases for Industrial Internet test-beds in mining and to drive standards in that space. This is just more validation that there is pent-up global demand for our work to support and facilitate vendor-neutral Industrial Internet test-beds & standards.
On a personal note, everybody has multiple facets of his or her life - the most important to me are my roles as husband to a remarkable and accomplished wife and father to two exceptional young adults. I also advise a number of fascinating start-up companies, academic & technical conferences and many other organizations. During this trip, I worked with a number of international experts to help set up the Instituto Internacional de Innovación Aysén-Patagonia (the International Institute for Innovation Aysén-Patagonia).
This new institution, headquartered in southern Chile, studies typical Chilean issues and problems in areas such as biodiversity management and bioprospection, agriculture, emergency response and aquaculture, all through the lens of the Industrial Internet. Case in point, Chile has a recurring red-tide problem in the south. As one of the world’s leading commercial producers of farmed salmon, Chile will require widespread application of sensors (of fish, tides, currents, weather, etc.) and deep analysis of billions of data points to predict when red tide infections are likely to occur; when would be the best places and times to farm salmon; and how much of the mollusk population is being affected by these infections. This Institute project has been a year-long project, garnering huge support in Chile and elsewhere, and the turn to focus on Industrial Internet solutions brought together the project with the goals of both OMG and IIC, and in line with the Chilean government focus on Industrial Internet excellence. An exciting trip!
In the middle of my Chilean sojourn, I took time out to tavel to Munich to speak at a special workshop entitled "Smart Connected Products” (SCP) produced by FAZ Forum in Germany[http://www.faz-forum.com/scp/]. I shared the stage with Jim Heppelmann, President and CEO of PTC, one of the Big Three product lifecycle management tools companies; and Professor Michael Porter, Harvard Business School, the inventor of the concept of "value chain" and the re-inventor of competitive strategy. Approximately 100 European CEOs attended and heard how they should design and build SCP devices that are powerful enough to harness vast streams of data arriving at increasing volumes and speed over the Internet. I also had many substantial conversations about how OMG is at the forefront of creating IIoT standards, such as the Data Distribution Services standard, while the IIC test-beds will produce transformative business outcomes including new, disruptive products & services.
It was definitely a high-travel month (and as I write this, further travel to India and Germany and around the United States are helping my frequent flyer balances). But it is absolutely worth it to see the reach of the Industrial Internet and the importance of IIoT standardization.