Check out the Automatedbuildings.com November’s theme – Delivering Disruption. Delivering Disruption seems like an unlikely topic to speak to, but it is exactly the business we all are in today as we provide new solutions that leap over and significantly change our existing marketplace.
Prior to publishing our online magazine my wife Jane and I worked for 30 years as energy and automation consultants in a time of disruptive change. It was the DDC revolution where physical control devices were being replaced with microprocessors and software and we delivered amazing disruptions to our clients that did stuff never done before with traditional physical controls. The disruption was fed and fueled from our clients awakening to the personal computer/internet revolution. It was the best of times.
Our retirement plan of 15 years, AutomatedBuildings.com, has us back in the middle of providing information about several new disruptive changes. These new disruptions are defined as disruptive innovations and by definition, create new markets and disrupt existing markets and industries. Some of the disruptions I am seeing are driven by the mobile cloud data revolution, deep low cost analytics, wireless devices of all types, anywhere/everywhere connectivity, and the LED lighting revolution. And again the disruptive change is fed and fueled from our clients awakening to the smart device wireless cloud revolution. This will be a time of even great change, innovation, and opportunity.
We as an industry need to well understand the power of our new disruptive tools and calm our clients’ fears with bold new examples of doing what has never been done before. Our understanding of the history of our industry is key but also can severely limit our thoughts. An example of this from the past was why did we use proportional control to control non-proportional devices? Answer is that with physical control devices there was no other way, but with software programming we could provide non-linear routines that suited the controlled device.
We can now with our new disruption tools add relationships never before considered like smart grid and social media. Of course we have to do this while we “Build Bridges not Fences“ and connecting to infrastructure that is “Automatically Smart” and keeps getting smarter automatically like the apps and operating system on your phone.
I am very pleased with this disruptive issue; it has many examples of the change that is on us and the opportunities within.
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As always this new issue is a great collection of articles, columns, reviews, new products, interviews and of course the steady stream of news depicting our rapidly evolution and disruptive journey
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