The Open Group Houston 2018 – Event Highlights – The Open Group Blog

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The Open GroupThe Open Group hosted its latest event July 23 – 26 in the Lone Star State at Houston’s Westin Oaks at the Galleria.

FIOS Insight is proud to have joined the Open Group and sponsored our first Open Group Meeting!  Many more to come!

The theme was ‘Digital Transformation in the Energy Industry’. We welcomed over 200 attendees from 13 countries, including Brazil, China, and the Netherlands.

Monday and Tuesday began with welcoming remarks from Steve Nunn, President and CEO of The Open Group. The plenaries featured excellent keynotes by speakers from companies including Schneider Electric, ARC Advisory Group, ExxonMobil, BR&L Consulting, IBM, Oracle, Forrester Research, University of St. Thomas, Sicredi Bank, and Shell. A full house!

  • The first day kicked off with a dynamic presentation by Peter Martin, VP Innovation, Schneider Electric on ‘The Emergence of Open and Interoperable Asset Control Systems’. Peter shared his view on the industrial driving forces – increasing speed of business; open and interoperable systems; greater business from automation; technology changes driving innovation.
  • Next up was Harry Forbes, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group who presented on ‘The End of Industrial Automation’.  He emphasized that control system suppliers’ business models need to change.
  • The plenary continued with a joint presentation – ‘Industry Open Process Automation Activities’ – by Steve Bitar, Automation Advisor, ExxonMobil, and Dennis Brandl, Chief Consultant, BR&L Consulting, Inc. They shared an overview of The Open Group Open Process Automation™ Forum (OPAF). Requirements are driven by business use cases by industries including Oil & Gas, Refining, Pharma, Mining/Minerals, Pulp/Paper, Chemicals, Food & Beverage.
  • Monday’s plenary concluded with George Stark, Distinguished Engineer, Statistics & Quality, IBM. During his presentation ‘The Profession and Value of Data Science’, he stated a Data Scientist is pioneering, has quantitative training, business acumen, and effective communications. Their role includes: math & statistics; computer science; domain knowledge & soft skills, and communication & visualization.George also shared the Hollywood version of a Data Scientist.

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