July 2021

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  Comments by Ken Sinclair
Publisher - AutomatedBuildings.com

July Issue "Navigating Next New"

Help me discover what is the next new is and how we can best discover, understand, make it part
of our next solution? How do we purchase what has not been completely invented yet?
Navigate uncharted water?

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June issue Pushing Digital Dinosaurs created many questions.  How do we navigate the uncharted water of these new eras?

How do we build on "advanced technology indistinguishable from magic."


How do we "Navigate Next New"?

The approach requires the complete buy-in and total support of the owner wishing to improve their users' experience. The assembled team needs an appetite to share and understand the risk/excitement of implementing deep innovation creating what has not been ever done using newly found unknowns.

Sailing in Unknown / Uncharted waters

Drawing from personal years of owning sailboats and sailing for over 30 years on the west coast often in uncharted waters these tips for navigation seem to apply to Navigating Next New.

In order of importance,

Visual = A person on the bow with quick reporting of unseeing danger to captain/navigator is mandatory.

Data = dead reckoning - build on your last known position. The ability to retreat quickly the exact course you came is very useful

Agility = Use the smaller boat to explore big potential problems.  Remember words like agile, speed of response, know your fastest speed achievable, look for fast currents, submerged rocks, kelp, flotsam, jetsam, etc

Safety = at all times keep the mother ship safe. Always keep eye on the weather short and long-range. Always know the flow of the tide its direction strength and when it will change.  Use the present current flow and the winds of change to your advantage anytime you can.

And of course, Have fun and learn to use rapid adaption and identify what information has changed and what and who you can "Trust" from our discussion before,

 "Adaptation" What has 50 years in the industry taught me? The more I learn the less I know, but "Rapid Adaptation" is our survival superpower.

devilkissThe key to our adaption is a better understanding of that what we do not know and embracing it and overcoming our perceived demons and maybe we even need to kiss the devil.
I love the Shopify creation story started by a snowboard company. The Devil is the need to do what has never been done before

We started AutomatedBuildings.com over 22 years ago because none of our industry paper magazines would publish my outlandish thoughts. Our goal was to build a B2B following and sell our e-magazine resource to one of the paper magazines and again retire. Most focused paper magazines for our industry are now gone or have morphed and/or splintered into special-interest newsletters and social media online presents and we are of course still here. We are still trying to document and connect our further fragmented industry while Navigate Next New.

As the flames on my torch burn closer to out I will need to drop or throw it. I wonder who will document the next 20 years? Any volunteers? Or will AI organize and present all our histories? History and learned patterns are important to AI but how does AI create the outlandish thoughts of innovation?

Sorry drifted off there, I am back now....big smile.

Building a Digital Family of Trust New technologies are solving old problems while creating new concerns. Ken Sinclair MAY 13, 2021

How important is the User Experience?  The Workplace Experience Apps Market within Commercial Office Space will Rise to $988m by 2025

From Monday Live A video of our great discussion about Smart Building User Experience with Paul Maximuk from Newcomb & Boyd, LLP

Another great Monday Live June 28 session with our own contrubing editor Nicolas was a great introduction to our July Issue of AutomatedBuildings.com  "Navigating Next New" Be sure to read

Taming an unborn Beast Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Sudha Jamthe is
a Technology Futurist and CEO of IoTDisruptions

How NUDE(D) do we need to be to Navigate the Next New?
Nicolas Waern  "The Building Whisperer

Is Changing the Narrative Part of the New?
Marc Petock, Lynxspring, Inc.

How do we quickly understand, procure and make the Next New part of today's Smart Building User Experience?

Having problems specifying rapidly evolving building automation? we have been here before this 20 year old article talks of our solutions which I feel are very relevant now.

The Request For Proposal (RFP) approach has been used by the Information Technology (IT) industry for several years. This approach allows the purchaser to focus on actual functional requirements rather than being confused with the various technologies supplied by vendors. Time is well-spent defining mandatory requirements and gives a clearer understanding of how the technology will achieve our goals. Once mandatory requirements and "nice to have" features are defined we can send out a Request For Proposal to allow vendors using different technologies to present proposals on how they will meet our requirements as well as expounding on their ability to provide further enhancements.

Article was up dated in 2020 Requesting Innovation Create your "Request for Proposal for Innovation" Innovation is a timeless ingredient, a necessary part of our successful transformation, needed now more than ever.

Selecting the Building Automation or Systems Integration Contractor The process that we use involves a formal “Request for Proposals” (RFP), allowing us to gather information and evaluate it in an impartial manner.

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Wow! Now over 20,800 connections to my personal LinkedIn account where I posted all related industry information almost daily.  I am amazed at the global reach of these following folks and their diverse perspective of our industry. I am humbled that they choose to follow me as I depict our industry's evolution. Thank you all for your support.

Our LinkedIn online group created for discussion of our magazine created in 2010  AutomatedBuildings.com Online Magazine Forum now has over 4400 members and has taken on a life of its own. I read the group with the same interest as everyone else to see what folks want to share what new and trending.

My Twitter account also started in 2010 has over 1400 followers as well

Our online magazine was started 22 years ago before social media identities like, LinkedIn launched on May 5, 2003 and twitter Twttr launched to the public in July 2006, were vehicles of how special interest folks could find each other. We are working to build bridges from our long online history of controlled blogging of ongoing industry information with these and other social media of the day. You can help as we see AutomatedBuildings.com as a landing pad for information that needs to be shared with our industry. We never throw anything away and it alway resides at the same URL. 

The news just keeps flowing on our website and of course, the only way to find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of over 22 years of information on our site is with our site search engine


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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