February 2015

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Ken Sinclair

Comments by Ken Sinclair
Publisher - AutomatedBuildings.com

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Growing our only Asset our People

I just returned from a very successful AHRExpo in Chicago. Read my review of this record breaking show of over 62,000 attendees, 10 acres of exhibits, from over 130 countries. This all flies in the face of the digital world and the Internet of Things replacing good old face to face interaction and networking.

So what was my take away from this massive show?  People are our only asset, technology may come and go but at the core of the industry is the same people that have been there for years.  The problem is these core people are growing older and much of the discussion at this record breaking event was that we all need to plant new people, nourish them, and help them grow.

All of our education sessions also returned the conclusion that people are the only assets. Your company's and industry's technologies may come and go but the people are our only true asset that remain and recreates and keeps the industry strong.

This greatly increases the importance of the induction of new blood, younger folks with IoT smarts into our industry. If we are to build on our existing assets, the people, then we need to invest in education and transfer of the knowledge of our assets.  We need to look new talent as a investment that can greatly increase our existing assets.

These new folks to our industry will likely not have the necessary training and will need to quickly jump the skills gap and a lot of discussion occurred about this in Chicago. The general conclusion is that the requirement of the incoming folks is one that they need to be curious and have an unbridled desire to learn and are prepared to fail early then relearn quickly.  The word younger implies that they have grown up in an IoT world which gives them a different view on how they will learn. They need access to our existing assets, the valuable knowledge locked in the older minds of our industry, but we yet have not devised the best method of this knowledge transfer.

The ControlTrends Awards event was held next to the AHRExpo Exhibit hall. A great event very well attended that echoed the exits and entrance on life's stage of our great asset. See CTA review and videos

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

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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.

Editorial from January 2015

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