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Jane and I are just back from the Haystack Connect event in Colorado Springs. Please read our review.

It was an extremely feel good event, very well attended and the best part was over half of the folks attending were under the age of 40. It was amazing to see what this new energy brings to the industry.  Over the years we have been the part of many new start up communities and we simply love the feeling of unbridled optimism and willingness to donate to the cause that exists at events like this. The Haystack event showed us that this is the place where the community of automation and IoT professionals comes together to learn and share the latest techniques for connecting systems and using data to advance the efficiency of buildings, equipment systems and processes. For those circling the Haystack, it was a great venue to better understand the issues moving ahead with Big Data and IoT. This comment was made at event; "The fact that Haystack is open source we find folk are using resources who have not identified themselves as part of the community." This is a great tribute to the work done by the community.

They also created a new word "Haystackable".

The need is clear and we all need to ask those non-believers; "How do you propose to manage big data tagging?"

We were very pleased to have our first ever contributing editor of AutomatedBuildings.com at the event; Tom Hartman was on a self learning journey to observe our changing industry. Please read Review of the Haystack event.

Also our long time contributing editor, and author of five books, was there as keynote speaker.  Jack McGowan is an industry resource and asset has captured his thoughts on big data in his new book.  Be sure to read our interview this month about his new book.

Please welcome our newest Contributing Editor Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing Lynxspring & Connexx Energy.  Although Marc is not new to our magazine we thought we should make it official because of the number of articles and interviews he has provided plus ongoing support of our efforts and the industry he has provided. Take a look at his contributing editor page to see the amount and linkage to his articles and interviews to date.

Christopher Naismith, Learning Manager at SES Consulting and I met with several folks to discuss self learning companies at the Haystack event and we learned lots.

Eye opener for me and the other over 40 folks was;

Millenial folks are by definition self learners. We simply need to define what they need to learn. We also need to explore how to best digitalize the thoughts of the boomer's and connect their thoughts to today's flavor of the day social media.

Chris blogged this article for us this month, Enabling Self-Learning at Work  - No-one is without the innate curiosity and passion necessary to learn new things on their own.

I am passionate about creating a path of learning from old to new in our industry. I am old and all of us old guys need the help of the younger folks in our industry to teach us the best formats, what information is useful, and how do we best present it so it is easily accessible.

It has become obvious in the last 16 years of publishing AutomatedBuildings.com that online cloud storage of searchable information in HTML is the lasting medium that will become our self documented history.

As always this new issue is a full of great articles, columns, reviews, new products, interviews and of course the steady stream of news depicting our rapidly evolution.

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The news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine http://www.automatedbuildings.com/search/sitesearch.htm

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

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