As I wrote this last month, I was on the last leg of a trip that's relatively normal for me—Boston to New York, to Paris, through Abu Dhabi to Hyderabad, through London to Santiago de Chile. Fortunately all on the same planet!
Paris was a very quick trip in support of the Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™) and the Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC®). The first meeting was an annual kickoff meeting for CAST Software, the first sponsor of CISQ and still a major supporter.
Though generally limited to CAST Software employees, the importance of software quality struck home through presentations from two of their key customers, Generali (the large insurance company) and Cognizant (who also resell CAST's CISQ-compliant products). The Generali speaker talked about dealing with some 48 million lines of legacy code, mostly in COBOL, and the importance of keeping that codebase running; Cognizant talked about the 130 of their customers already using CISQ-compliant code quality metrics. The CISQ metrics, standardized through the Object Management Group® process (and some of which are already headed to ISO through the OMG® Publicly Available Standard connection with ISO) are increasingly important, as the previously fragmented code quality metrics world made it harder to apply consistent and flexible metrics. Keep an eye on this market!
I also had the opportunity to meet with French government figures and participants in the French Alliance Industrie du Futur, which is seeking to work with the IIC moving forward. I was on the ground in France not much more than a day, but it was a good day (as it usually is in the lovely city of Paris!).
I then spent four days in Hyderabad, a fascinating city in central India, the capital of two Indian states in fact: Andhra Pradesh, and the new state of Telangana, which was recently carved out of Andhra Pradesh. The city has amazing boulder fields, with some boulders precariously balanced in unlikely ways. But I was there to participate in Geospatial World Forum, a business and technology forum focused on the growing importance of geospatial data and geospatial data processing. This came about through our working relationship with OMG® member Information Sharing Environment and our longstanding cooperation with the geospatial data standards organization Open GIS Consortium.
The event was quite large; I participated not only in the main event with some 3,000 attendees, but also in two smaller, invitation-only events, including the 200-attendee oddly-named "Geo Buiz" (the latter word a compression of "business" and "buzz") and the 50-participant workshop on the application of IoT to geospatial data (and vice versa), which I led.
By far the most common discussion on the floor of the show, during the workshop and on the 3,000-attendee exhibit floor (with about 30 booths, notably a large booth from the Survey of India, celebrating its 250th anniversary) was IoT, secondarily artificial intelligence and deep/machine learning. Geospatial data, after all, is just another kind of data—but with a very well-defined semantic, which opens up opportunities for clever machine-learning optimizations. This is a technology area to watch, as there is quite a lot of application of geospatial data (and other positional data, for example inside the human body) to many vertical markets. Think of the question "where is ...." and that's positional data— relevant to everything. Outside of technology, there was quite a lot of discussion of partnerships, collaboration and both ad-hoc and formal interoperability standards.
I ended the month in sunny Santiago for meetings with mining interests in Chile! I do like summer:)