As my eight weeks of frenetic travel closes out September and October (see my last blog too ― this trip was Boston to Singapore to Astana to Washington to New Orleans to Boston to Barcelona to Aix-en-Provence to London to Santiago to Singapore to Boston), I feel like crisscrossing the planet for a few weeks at a time can get tiring. While I never woke up wondering where I was, I will admit that I had to think through where I was going next!
After the huge success of IoT Solutions World Congress and my stops in beautiful Aix-en-Provence and busy London, I was off to Santiago, Chile, for meetings with prospective members of the Object Management Group® and the Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™) to discuss participation in new major events in South America and to speak at a sell-out crowd at ESE Business School (part of the Universidad de los Andes). And I do mean sell-out ― the room fit the normal 350 people for its business-oriented events, but apparently two more rooms were needed to show the day's talks on video for a total of over one thousand attendees! The topic was "Directivos Amenazados: Cuando las Tecnologías Lideran Mejor que las Personas," or roughly, "Management Under Threat: When Technology Leads Ahead of People"― in other words, which technology disruptions are going to have major impacts on company management over the next few years. The two featured speakers were myself and local radio and television personality Sergio Melnick; I talked of course about the introduction of the Industrial Internet and changing standards in the corporate world, while Sergio did a rollicking, humorous but important overview of how many technologies around the corner have changed and will change company structures.
Both talks were well received by a mix of students and current company management from some of the largest companies in South America. It was certainly wonderful to speak in such a lovely setting; not only is the Universidad de Los Andes a beautiful campus, but the setting in the foothills of the Andes, with a fantastic view down to the city of Santiago, is simply spectacular. The Universidad de Los Andes is a non-profit private research university founded in 1989 in Santiago, Chile, that places special emphasis on research, innovation and development.
While in Chile, I also had the chance to meet the event producers of Meet&Greet who plan a new major IoT event for Latin America in April of 2018, very much patterned on the successful IoT Solutions World Congress model in Barcelona. I have, in fact, worked with the company indirectly before (there's even a picture of me at one of their quite successful events in Santiago on their web site!) and we look forward to a fruitful relationship in the future.
I also had several private meetings with startup companies in the Santiago area, interested in the full suite of OMG brands: OMG standards, IIC testbeds, Consortium for IT Software Quality™ metrics and Cloud Standards Customer Council™ white papers. The startup scene is bubbling in Chile today with companies dedicated to new retail models; focused on the construction materials trade; finding ways to optimize airline revenue; and very novel ways to explore for minerals and oil & gas without the usual field explosions that have been used for decades. I expect lots of good news from the Andes over the next few years.
My last stop on this World Tour was Singapore (where the tour started in early September!) to speak at two conferences (in wildly different vertical markets, reminding me of the widespread disruption we can expect from the application of the Internet of Things to industrial systems) and several companies considering what OMG is doing around the world. One of the most interesting was STTelemedia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek which invests in telecommunications systems worldwide. Another was IIC member Tata Communications, which routes around a quarter of the Internet's traffic around the world (in 200 countries). Singapore is certainly a hotbed of communications technology.
Interest in all OMG programs was high at Asian Downstream Summit 2017, a part of the Singapore International Energy Week, which took up most of a huge conference center in the Marina Bay area of Singapore. I've noticed tremendous and growing interest from the oil & gas sector in standards and testbeds over the last few months, at events in Houston, Singapore, Buenos Aires and elsewhere. Expect to see some interesting action in that space over the coming year.
I also had the opportunity to keynote a small gathering of manufacturing-focused companies at the Monetising the IoT event, part of Manufacturing Solutions Expo 2017. Manufacturing and production continue to be a major focus for Industrial Internet ― not the only focus of course, but some one third of IIC testbeds for example. That was definitely evident in this group as well.
As I arrive back in the United States for a busy week (and then a trip to Europe and South America again), I look back on a very productive two months!