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Cloud Enables Automation Players to Work Together, Separately

By Ken Sinclair

Although the title of my August column seems like an oxymoron, the cloud enables us to “Work Together” while flexing our greatest resource, our people, a group of individuals that separately create pieces that fit the cloud puzzle. I recently found clarity in the cloud and have started talking funny but now have a clearer vision of our future, a collaborative mosaic of our industry “Working Together, Separately."

AutomatedBuildings.com is a great example: Jane and I working separately from the industry as publishers of a B2B magazine generating the content which is the result of our collaboratory of all the working-together folks to create something we hope is useful to the industry. Open standards group like Haystack, BACnet, are based on working together but are powered by separate individuals.

In this issue:

Event and conference going in 21st Century 

Our mission is to help people be aware of events in their industry, help them find the best events, and to maximize the benefits of going to them.  - Anto Budiardjo, CEO PointView, Inc.

Anto tells of his free web service that brings all events together for us.  He is working together separately.

I have included a quick review of a digital signage company that uses their working-together collaboratory to help sell their individual services.

Digital Signage: Working together, separately with the IoT

Pleased to provide a review of a digital signage company that works together, separately, with several organizations.  These are the models that we all are moving towards, showing our clients who we work with and our separate added values. Our building automation companies will be judged by our collaboratory of resources of all aspects of not only automating but IoT-ing our buildings.  As we move rapidly to the IoT and the convergence of everything we will need to find companies to work with and one of the drawing cards will be their known collaboratory of folks that they work with to provide their separate value-added services.

Take a look at the partners in their collaboratory.

In this interview they explain the why:

Why is Digital Signage Important to Building Automation? 

For the first time ever it's now affordable for the average business to utilise digital signage, digital wayfinding, and content automation software. - Gajendra Ratnavel, CEO, L Squared Digital Signage

The core of all powerful web services is providing the ability for us to work together for free or at a very low cost in the cloud, but this all happens with separate individuals building these services.

Our future is clear: We need to identify our collaboratory resources that will take us to the outer edges of the IoT of buildings, but we need to clearly convey how our individuals will add value, and why they must be part of your collaboratory.

Part 2: Smart Buildings and IoT Will Depend On Young Talent

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posted on 8/8/2014