In early May, I keynoted and moderated a panel at the excellent Security Summit hosted at Mystic Lake Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota, in the American Midwest. Entrust Datacard was our partner for the event and it was outstanding in every way; small but focused attendants, great speakers, informative panels and intelligent conversation. Everyone knows that IoT security— especially in industrial settings—is critically important to adoption. What everyone doesn't know is that quite a lot of good work has already come down the pike—not only the Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™) Industrial Internet Security Framework and the Consortium’s new Maturity Model work, but in addition a multitude of related standards from the Object Management Group® (OMG®) around our Data- Distribution Service™ and the first software quality metrics from the Consortium for IT Software Quality™ and the OMG, (all of which are security-related). The mix of information technology and operations technology experts at the event was about 50%-50%, and in many vertical markets, I had the opportunity to talk about mining, manufacturing and even insurance. There's good news to be had in this important corner of technology!
In mid-May, I delivered a well-attended talk at the University of Bologna Business School about using testbeds to prepare for disruption. The IIC testbed program and the best practices and standards requirements thus uncovered, are of interest to current and future business leaders, not just technical people. I have been spending a lot more time giving that sort of talk, all over the planet, including the inaugural meeting of the CIO Circle in San José, Costa Rica.
The IIC held its Global Event Series Energy & Efficiency Forum in May at the Nokia’s Executive Experience Center in Finland, which highlighted the ICC’s and event partner's activities in the energy sector and the rapid increase in usage and process efficiency brought about by IIoT. The event attracted a broad audience, including: CxOs, managing directors, vps, evps, global heads, directors, engineers, data analysts, lead architects, security architects, analysts, research directors, business development managers and scientists, to name a few.
On June 1st, I keynoted the First Line Software Customer Summit in Amsterdam and was also on a panel, again focusing on testbeds, with particular interest in standardization. I'll be keynoting McKinsey's global tech conference this September which is set to be a busy month! This year looks to be a banner year with the full path of IoT use cases, ecosystems of interested companies, testbed development, standards requirements, and finished specification under way.
Mid-June was both the CeBIT show in Hannover Germany and the ACHEMA show in Frankfurt Germany, but I couldn't do both. At the urging of analyst Valentijn de Leeuw of ARC Advisory Services, I chose ACHEMA, the largest chemical process conference in the world (about 180,000 people), held every three years. It has seemed interesting over the last few years that most of the manufacturing and production world focusing on Industrial Internet concepts has been from the discrete manufacturing world; ACHEMA draws primarily continuous, or chemical, process companies (pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and the like). The panel focused on that world, and the active and successful cooperation over the past few years between the Industrial Internet Consortium and Germany’s Plattform Industrie 4.0 (and of course the continuing cooperation to come).
In late June, I attended the Q2 Object Management Group quarterly members meeting, right here in Boston. Six new specifications were adopted and three new RFPs were issued—a really productive week! I want to congratulate the Retail Domain Task Force (DTF) who completed two standard specifications within its first year (with Board adoption votes in fact coming two months earlier than planned). The Retail DTF first met at the September 2017 meeting in New Orleans and brought two RFCs through the process in less than nine months. I'm also happy to report another great accomplishment from our new Workplace Benefits Domain Task Force (WB DTF) who met for the first time in Boston. The WB DTF issued its first RFP: EDI Standards for Non-Medical Workplace Benefits. If you are interested in influencing the direction of this RFP, the LOI deadline is September 14, 2018 and the submission deadline is November 12, 2018. Not every new task force has been able to issue RFPs/RFCs so quickly!
Right after the OMG TC Meeting, I attended the Hong Kong Industries Design Council 50th anniversary event in Hong Kong, sponsored by the Federation of Hong Kong Industries at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in the futuristic Jockey Club Innovation Tower on campus. There's a bewildering group of different design clubs, associations and councils in Hong Kong, all pointing to the strong interest in product, process and industrial design in the Special Administrative Region, clearly centered on the strong Design School at PolyU. I was honored to be an invited keynote speaker and to contribute to a product/service design workshop based on the Design Thinking Methodology.
The following weeks, I’ll be in San Francisco to speak at 5G World and visiting Tesla, Wipro, McKinsey, the World Economic Forum and Amazon (among others) in San Francisco and Seattle, then keynoting Industry of Things World Asia 2018 in Singapore.
Unfortunately, I have some sad news to share. The week before the TC meeting in Boston, Michael Chonoles passed away. Knowing him personally as I did for many years, Michael was an extremely astute contributor to many OMG efforts, and was always willing to help out when help was needed—consider, for example, the study guide he wrote for the OCUP 2® Foundation exam. Michael was well respected by colleagues and associates.
On behalf of OMG, I extend my deepest condolences to Michael’s family.