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Solving the skill shortage gap, forever.

We are not only looking at a skill shortage gap, but also the skill transfer/knowledge transfer gap.
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Do you want to solve problems for real? Do you want to collaborate with experts all over the world, and realize the true potential of buildings from a lifecycle perspective? Do you want to stop making decisions in a vacuum and share ideas with others all over the world? Reach out to me here on Linkedin if interested and stay in tune with Beyond Buildings where we will announce something shortly. We are about ten people already from the entire lifecycle that want to solve problems for real, together. It is energy people, FM, technical asset managers, HVAC people, owners, construction, consultants, IoT-people, smart city people and others. And now, on to the article.

Setting the stage – skill shortage and knowledge transfer

We are not only looking at a skill shortage gap, but also the skill transfer/knowledge transfer gap.

“Trying to learn what Web Services Digital Twins are by dissecting the acronyms is like trying to learn how to drive by studying an automatic transmission” – (Paraphrasing) from the legend Steve Tom (from his seminal article about BACnet/WS in 2004)

Agreeing on something that is based in space and time
Picture a factory. That factory consists of systems that are usually not interconnected. They consist of HVAC systems, the actual pipes and plumbing, people, manufacturing processes and people with responsibilities in different areas.

Luckily – they invested in an innovation platform the other week that solves these challenges! What does it do?

This pipe bursting is of course a hypothetical case since this would not have happened in the first place. Everything would have been connected and this would have been prevented before it happened. Managing risk, is after all one of the major benefits with a connected innovation platform.

Skill shortage gap

Why this is important

Since everyone today is working in silos, ALL companies have a problem creating solutions that work flawlessly in the real world. Therefore, companies are not realizing their expected return on investment when executing AI-initiatives and analytics efforts in scale. People are not collaborating as they should be, and there are not the laughs and real-time decisions we read about in the beginning of the article. People are not hailed as heroes, legends, and heroines. It is more about scapegoats, and everyone is trying to protect their piece of the fiefdom. Whole organizations have a problem seeing the big picture and this is detrimental for the world since we need better solutions now. Maybe even yesterday.

The skill shortage gap will not go away in the short term but utilizing systems that can bring data sources together AND visualize them in an understandable way is the key. BI dashboards are, and forever will be a remnant of lost times made for experts working in silos. They can exist, but there needs to be more. Automating work that should be automated. As well as minimizing the dependency on people that knows everything. With an approach that can scale across boundaries and systems, we will see an exponential increase in levels of collaboration and communication, and faster time to market for innovative ideas, control strategies for the built environment, and more holistic undertakings at large.

If you want to read more about this and also understand what the future will look like, head over to Beyond Buildings for the full article! 
My role is to advise decision makers and companies what the world is going to do a month, a year, a decade from now. WINNIIO have a complete understanding of what is needed to stand out from competition, advise on pros and cons, and be the strategy partner for both technology and organization-advice in a Smart World Environment (Construction/Industry/Smart Buildings and Cities).

Please reach out if you have any questions on how to get started, get going, or how to succeed in the next decade!


Nicolas Waern

Digital Transformation Expert – Helping companies find their role in a Smart City Context


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