I spent early February at OOP 2016 in Munich. This was the 25th year for this show, originally on "object oriented programming" (thus the name) but now really about software development methodology, especially Agile. The conference was produced by SIGS Datacomm which has been our show partner in DACH (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) for about twenty years. I gave the reception dinner speech, the Jubilee track keynote, the IoT keynote and a "night school" panel at the end of the show with Dave Thomas, (CEO of Bedarra), Gregor Hohpe (chief information technology architect, Allianz SE) and Ward Cunningham (founder, Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc.). There was of interest primarily in Object Management Group standards in the modeling space and the ESSENCE specification.
During the show, I was also interviewed for a major research study by an Austrian business school on the adoption of Industrial Internet/Industrie 4.0 ideas; we should have the results in May.
From Munich, I flew to from Singapore, where I participated in the A*STAR Technology Leadership Forum and the Singapore Airshow by the head of A*STAR -- Chairman Lim. He leads a 5,000-person research management organization for the Singapore government (and was previously the head of Singapore's quite impressive military). Besides Chairman Lim himself, I also met with R&D vice presidents at two of the world’s largest jet-engine manufacturers.
My next stop was IBM InterConnect in Las Vegas, which I attended at IBM's invitation. A very interesting presentation was given by IBM researcher Eldad Palachi and IBM manager Eran Gery. They presented a great overview on Model-Based Systems Engineering for the Internet of Things (MBSE for IoT). I then attended the Industry of Things World USA in San Diego, a superbly-run congress with 407 attendees, for an end-of-day keynote. The Industry of Things producers have also asked me to keynote their Berlin event on 19/20 September, which is also the week of the IIC quarterly meeting in Heidelberg.
I then circled back to Germany, this time to Berlin, Darmstadt, Essen & Düsseldorf. The week started off in Berlin with a joint press conference between the Industrial Internet Consortium and Plattform Industries 4.0 (PI4.0), announcing collaboration between the two groups. Kicked off by the head of PI4.0, Henning Banthien, the speakers were: Matthias Machnig, the Staatssekretär BMWi (Deputy Secretary of Economics) of the German national government, Siegfried Russwurm, member of the managing board of Siemens AG, who is also the CTO of PI4.0, and I.
I raced off immediately after the press conference to fly to Frankfurt to give a keynote in nearby Darmstadt at the World Class Digital Transformation 2016. The next morning, I took the train to Essen, where I had a long meeting with about 20 people at one of the largest specialty chemical companies in the world. Then off to Düsseldorf on the train to visit Huawei's Western European headquarters.