Ken’s TOP 5 Information Pivot Points of Week 32

OX 5 1. DOE Building AmericaBuilding America Update
August 9, 2013: This announcement brings you the latest information about news, activities, and publications from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building America program. Please forward this message to colleagues who may be interested in subscribing to future Building America Update newsletters.

2. Honeywell 180x120Price Adjustment for Honeywell Environmen​tal & Combustion Controls Effective Friday, September 13, 2013: This letter announces a price adjustment on products offered by Honeywell Environmental and Combustion Controls which will be effective September 13, 2013. While individual product prices may be higher or lower, this adjustment will average less than 2%. Printed price books are being mailed and should arrive late August. Electronic price books will be available August 14th, 2013 at:

3. OpenADR2 OpenADR Member Meeting & Open House, Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 1:00 PM – Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 12:00 PM.

OpenADR Benefits

Utilities & Energy Service Providers
– Increase grid reliability – more predictable load control
– Defer capital investment – an alternative to new generation
– Achieve DR goals – comply with state policies & targets

Commercial, Industrial & Residential Customers
– Mitigate CPP events – minimize dynamic pricing impact
– Monetize discretionary loads – utilize available capacity
– Maximize utility incentives – subsidize new system investments

Equipment Manufacturers & System Integrators
– Differentiated products – compete against proprietary systems
– Reduce complexity – quicker, easier installation & operation
– Enhanced customer service – help customers control costs

4. OfficeOfSCI&Tech We the Geeks: “Robots” Join us on Friday, August 9th, at 2:00 pm EDT for a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout on “Robots” – where pioneering scientists will discuss how robots can help transform everything from school classrooms to the factory floor and operating rooms to the way we explore the Solar System.

5. invisible-man The Invisible Employee: Applying Building Analytics Within the Workplace. Posted on Johnson Controls Network Linkedin Group by Phil Zito CCNA/CCDA CEM, LEED AP BD+ C. Imagine an employee who works 24 hours a day never stopping, not requiring benefits, with the ability to clearly communicate the needs of your organization to hundreds if not thousands of employees at the same time. Do you see him? The new employee of the 21st century may not be visible to the naked eye but trust me he’s there. According to the MIT Sloan Management Review as of March 2013, 67% of companies are using analytics to gain a competitive edge. That represents a growth of 15% from 2012 and 80% from 2011, so to all the naysayers out there, the growth is real and the growth is present. One of the constant challenges within the workplace is finding, training, and retaining quality employees that produce measurable impacts upon a business year over year. Businesses are now able to generate next-level results using analytics and are starting to deploy analytical systems into other functional areas. One of the functional areas, building operations, upon which this site focuses, will be the focus of this article.

How Did we Get Here: The trend of analytics started within the financial sector. Financial organizations realizing that the massive amount of data from primary, secondary, and tertiary sources were becoming so overwhelming decided that simply adding manpower to their staff would not effectively handle the need to interpret and react effectively to a 24/7 feed of multi-vectored data. With the rise of networks, most noticeably the internet, financial organizations were now able to process large mounds of data using statistical analysis to pinpoint correlations in data which exposed red herrings, false presumptions, and bad predictions. Furthermore, the systems allowed the organizations to quickly create projection models resulting in an increased ability effectively plan and forecast. Naturally, other businesses and entrepreneurs began to take notice of the power of analytics and we began to see a on-rush of analytical systems. Business processes, supply chain management, and CRM were now being converted to utilize analytical platforms

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