Cochrane Supply and Engineering’s Technical Services Manager, Kim Brown, tells us good things are happening in Detroit, MI, the new Silicon Valley of the Midwest — and about the pre-Controls-Con tours to a Bedrock Facility and the Little Caesars Arena. Once again, hats off to Kim Brown, Kristina Reid, Marketing Manager (pictured below with Automated Buildings’, Ken Sinclair), and the whole Cochrane team for a job well done and another successful Controls-Con event.
Congratulations to Scott Cochrane, Kristina Reid, and the entire team at Cochrane Supply and Engineering for delivering the biggest and best Controls-Con Event ever! ControlTrends will continue our coverage of the 2019 Controls-Con in the near future with more video interviews and articles, so stay tuned.
BUSINESS TRACK: For sales professionals, managers, executives. Evolution: From BAS to IoT to a New Business Model
- Host: Scott Cochrane – President/CEO, Cochrane Supply & Engineering
- Host: Ken Sinclair – Editor/Owner/Founder, AutomatedBuildings.com
- Joe Pattenaude – Director of Building Systems, Bedrock
- David Ditton – Senior Project Engineer, GM Sustainable Workplaces
- Jesse Hopkins – Business Project Manager, Nationwide Insurance
- Gerry Hamilton – Director of Facilities Energy Management, Stanford University
- Mike Miotto – Manager of IT Infrastructure Strategy and Planning, Ford Motor Company
Implementing an IoT platform has become an art form. The right mixture of trade and IT capabilities has created new and exciting opportunities for business development. This session was comprised of a panel of large end users that already use an IoT framework on a significant scale. Discussions included best practices and real-life examples of how IoT is changed the business we work in.
TECHNOLOGY TRACK: For programmers and engineers. Integration Lifecycle
This session dove deep into concepts and best practices surrounding the “Integration Lifecycle.” Topics included: Network Planning, N4 System Database, Tag Dictionaries and Hierarchy Planning, Templates, Authenticators, Virtual Points, N4 Analytics, and Responsive Panes.
ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview one of the most dynamic forces within the Smart Building industry, Cochrane Supply’s, Mike Mitchell. As CTO, Mike has helped Cochrane Supply emerge as one of the leading systems distributors in North America. Mike really, really likes his position and shares many of the great aspects of working with Scott Cochrane and the super team at Cochrane Supply.
Scott Cochrane welcomed the more than 600 attendees at the 2019 Controls-Con General Session with the caveat that we, as an industry, are now stewards of data. Systems distributors and systems integrators now have a significant influence on the data structure put into place on behalf of our customers. What we leave behind will be the watermark measure of our abilities and ultimately, the signature of our performance. It’s time for us to develop or acquire IT savvy, and add it to our portfolio.
Four notable experts than followed with varying industry insights: Ken Sinclair, Owner & Founder of Automated Buildings; Laurent Vernerey, President of the Acuity Brands Technology Group; Jim Morris, VP and GM of Global Business Management Systems at Johnson; Kevin Smith, Chief Technology Officer, Tridium Controls; and Jim Young, Founder of the Realcomm Conference Group.
The General Session ended with a panel discussion and brief Q & A with the audience. Day 1 concluded with a Reception and Exhibitor Showcase, followed by the Dinner and Awards Program and musical entertainment.
Check out the 2017 recap!
Day 1 of the Controls-Con 2019 is about to begin — as the General Session Keynote Speakers (listed below) are about to take the stage before an audience of several hundred Systems Integrators, Programmers, Engineers, IT Professionals, Estimators, Project Managers, Service Technicians, Contractors, Sales Professionals, Building Managers, Facility Managers, and Executives.
Scott Cochrane is President and CEO of Cochrane Supply & Engineering; Kevin Smith, Chief Technology Officer, Tridium; Ken Sinclair, Owner & Founder of Automated Buildings; Jim Young, Founder of the Realcomm Conference Group; Laurent Vernerey, President of the Acuity Brands Technology Group; and Jim Morris, VP and GM of Global Business Management Systems at Johnson Controls.
the CONTROLS-CON 2019 registration!
We begin our interview with Scott Cochrane, President and CEO of Cochrane Supply and Engineering, with the question, “Where’s the APP?” The answer to that question is becoming the measurement of success and the driver to both the user’s experience and their bottom line. Scott’s underpinning principle is to “bring technology into the building space.”
Scott continues, “We’re not dealing with the maintenance staff anymore. The conversation now is with the C-Suite who has an entirely different mentality and set of expectations. And, it’s not just about saving energy anymore. It’s about creating business efficiencies. Distributors must have IT competence. The same goes for Vendors.”
Make sure to read Scott’s article “The OT versus IT Debate — A Temporary Construction Network helps Stanford University stay ahead of the curve” in the March edition of Automated Buildings
Scott extended a special offer to the ControlTrends Community: Use the code ControlTrends when registering for CONTROLS-CON 2019, this May 2nd and 3rd at Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel