Online Chapters of our Digital Transformations

The ongoing online creation of our industries' book of transformation with now more than 60 chapters of our stories peppered with HTML links to articles containing an amazing and diverse amount of information

I see myself as a storyteller and hope the stories "the chapters", will be a catalyst for the IoT future we are all (eventually) going to live.;xNLx;;xNLx;I believe that systems will be smarter, self-learning, edgy, innovative, and sophisticated, and to create, manage and re-invent those systems the industry needs to grow our most important resource, our younger people, by reaching out to them with messages about how vibrant, vital and rewarding working in this industry can be.;xNLx;;xNLx;I am hopeful that these Chapters of our never ending book of transformation complete with URL links to industry thought will be of use to our industry and those trying to learn our craft and help them craft their new careers

2017-01-13 03:51:29

Smart Building Automation Evolution

Reflects back to 1900 but actively starts with birth of DDC in the mid 1970. Starting in about 1999, leading Building Automation professionals were early collaborators in the effort to put real time data in service to better interior comfort and energy efficiency. They recognized their role as catalysts of this paradigm shift and set to work aligning all the necessary people, processes and technologies. Here's a timeline of their achievements. All the thought-leadership articles, commercial announcements, and press releases used to compile this timeline are found in the database of the online magazine This timeline is moving in real time with monthly updates of today's information.

2017-02-01 13:42:04

Our Industry Assets are People

This opinion piece appeared in the AHRExpo Daily handout newspaper at show in Vegas

2017-02-01 13:42:04

3D flyover of 21 years of issues

3D button is located just at the left bottom. Scroll through the over 21 years you will be surprised how long we been talking about some of this stuff. You can click on any issue for a quick overview of issue contents for more info keep drilling down with a connection to that issue and all of it articles, interview, columns, and news

2017-03-01 13:42:04

Wellness Resources

"Engaging Satisfaction & Wellness."

2017-03-01 13:42:04

History of Awful Mated Buildings

We have been here before with Awful Mated Buildings and the climb over the Digital Divide and now on a journey to "Digitalmindfulness."

2017-03-15 08:03:06

Our Long Road to Happiness

Is paved with thousands of articles, interviews, news releases and new products on the road to find the happiness button over the last 19 years. This is not my story but the story of industry giants helping me create an online collaboratory of their powerful thoughts.

2017-04-18 08:52:49

Volttron with two "TT's"

In case you have not heard Voltron with one "t" is the: Defender of the Universe an American animated television series that features a team of astronauts who pilot a giant Super Robot known as "Voltron." But what is Volttron with two tt's? An agent based open-source distributed control and sensing platform for buildings, the power grid, and the integration of the two to support the deployment of energy efficiency and grid services to increase consumer benefits.

2017-05-01 13:42:04

Discussion on Using the Uber Model

I disagree with the assertion that Uber is overstated. Vehemently so.

2017-06-01 13:42:04

The Skills Gap & Autodidactic Open Source Education

Some speculate that there are 1,000,000 IT jobs and 500,000 facility jobs currently vacant due to a skills gap.

2017-07-01 13:42:04

Building Health Resources

We have provided connection to resources that will allow you to qualify and quantify the value of Building Health as a very important part of the productivity puzzle.

2017-07-20 00:54:44

Streaming Dinosaur Dust

We need to learn how to stream dinosaur dust in the new social self learning online environments. The industry's info dumping "the dinosaur dump" is not working for teaching those new generations that will become the new us.

2017-09-01 13:42:04

The Evolution of the Master System Integrator (MSI)

A new breed of folks called MSI are rapidly evolving to help us with the process of "Getting There from Here."

2017-11-01 13:42:04

"Human-Centric Building Automation."

To change your world we, of course, need the help of the phone in your pocket, and your phone, of course, knows your location, who you are, and a myriad of other information about you and your human-centric desires.

2017-11-01 13:42:04

Embrace these Six Words for Transformation

Agile Adaptive Autodidactic Autonomous Accepted Actions

2017-12-01 13:42:04

#RU IoT Ready?

The catchphrase, #RU IoT Ready? has raised some interesting questions such as, What is IoT? Why should I care? and What does "Ready" really mean?

2017-12-08 13:42:04

Timeline of Smart Building Automation Evolution

This was originally Published I created this Timeline of Smart Building Automation Evolution, with over 100 events linking 1000's of industry articles and events depicting our history and painfully slow evolution. You will be amazed that some of this stuff we have been talking about for years; and how long open standards and accepted methodologies take to evolve.

2017-12-12 13:42:04

Books and Resources on IoT

A good place to start is with the IoT Council, I am a member, The Council is a formidable, unique network of talents encompassing all skills, experiences and trades, from entrepreneurship to philosophy, public sector and private sector, and it brings together people who beyond their specific knowledge share the same passion of tinkering with technology to put it at the service of individuals, communities, society, and the whole planet.

2018-01-08 13:42:04

Our Digital Transformation Mask 2018

The mask represents a material metaphor for carving our digitalized world into a shape never before seen, in a process that blurs the lines between science and art but inside that transformation is yet another amazing transformation opportunity to create a better image of ourselves.

2018-01-15 00:00:00

Teaching the IoT Monster to Ride a Bike

Our Messy Future "The Messy Mollusc" This column is literally "Off the Wall". The picture below was created by Lori Garcia-Meredith an illumination engineering friend turned street artist and is painted on the wall of our local bike path. The subject matter haunts me. How would you teach an Octopus how to ride a bike? The Octopus looks like the IoT monster we are all wrestling with; smart, soft, slippery, flexible and able to change form, but to be useful the beast needs to learn how to ride our existing industries bikes, which are old, ridge, hard, and tippy.

2018-02-08 13:42:04

Building Brains

AI Is the Brain, IoT the Body speaking with the Face and Voice of Digital Transformation.

2018-02-08 13:42:04

Creating the Voice of IoT

This chapter speaks about creating a voice for that face with a new breed of Voice Services aimed at evolving devices.

2018-03-08 13:42:04

Metamorphosing Me

Younger mentors give me wings, keeping me connected to our rapidly digitally transforming lives, with their connections to yet younger metamorphic mentors.

2018-03-08 13:42:04

Transparency Transformation

As part of our never-ending transformation, we need to talk about Transparency which implies openness, communication, and accountability, operating in a way that thoughts, feelings, or motives are easily perceived and it is easy for others to see what actions are performed.

2018-04-08 13:42:04

Transparency & Digital Twin is the New Deal

Transparency & Digital Twin is the New Deal The New Deal white paper provides a good summary and is based on three tenets, explained in full in the white paper:

2018-04-08 13:42:04

Meta-Morphing Mashup for Self Creation

I believe that this mashup and new meta-morphing thinking will evolutionize how other industries will connect their standards, and open movements, and expose them to the power of AI; making all that we have machine-readable, unraveling on our transition to self-learning, and a self-creation world.

2018-05-08 13:42:04

Creating Virtual Visibility

You must tag IT, every creation and make it virtual visible.

2018-05-08 13:42:04

"Buildings that Look, Listen, Feel and Think before Reacting"

Humanistic Digital Inclusion "Look, Listen, Feel and Think before Reacting"

2018-05-18 13:42:04

Want IT Virtually Visible? Tag IT!

Tagging IT is now mandatory or "IT" will virtually disappear as fast as created. Worse yet, the Internet Things we create the "IT" will virtually disappear and no one or no machine will be able to find them in the big data blizzard on-the-edge or in the cloud, to further the value of creation.

2018-06-24 08:14:54

Creating Empathic People-Centric Buildings

My last chapter entitled Humanistic Digital Inclusion has taken us all on the new road to people-centric buildings.

2018-06-24 08:14:54

Building an Awesome UX

UX is User Experience and refers to a person's emotions and attitudes about using a service. Whether you view Building as a noun or a verb, we as an industry need to create Awesome User Experiences.

2018-07-08 14:07:49

"Building Emotion"

Using "Building" as a verb and a noun in the creation of an emotional interactive relationship with the inhabitants and the Physical Building.

2018-07-24 08:14:54

Takeaways from Helsinki

The human centered steps to smart digitalisation at Nordic Smart Building Convention.

2018-07-24 08:14:54

Seeking Stackable Semantics

What are Stackable Semantics? and Why do they make for an Awesome User Experience - UX? while allowing us to achieve Virtual Visibility? Why do we Seek them? ....actually no, demand that they be part of our myriad of IoT device data that is creeping, and leaping into our buildings?

2018-09-08 14:07:49

Building Better Building Bots Mindfully

These bots will be the interface to our valuable cargo "the housed humans" in our buildings.

2018-09-08 14:07:49

"Building Whisperers"

Those who adopt a sympathetic view of the motives, needs, and desires of the Building's relationship with its humanistic purpose based on rapidly evolving views and understandings.

2018-10-08 14:07:49

Open Software, Open Hardware, and Open Minds

I scare myself several times a day, every day, learning lots while trying to keep an open mind, attempting to grow younger which is only possible in my open mind.

2018-11-08 14:07:49


Moving the murky muddled middle to the Edge.

2018-12-08 14:07:49

changing collaborative connection communities

This is all important discussion needed in the necessary disruption that is driving our changing collaborative connection communities.

2018-12-08 14:07:49

Edge-ifcation in the "Era of Connection"

Now we are in the fourth, an era of connection between our physical, digital, and biological worlds; a new phase of massive creative potential, where everyone has the power to share anything with anyone. This era brings with it an avalanche of new, creative ideas and opportunities.

2019-01-08 14:07:49

Open 2019

"Open 2019" is mostly about opening our minds to the Edge of Change that is upon us.

2019-01-08 14:07:49

"Edge of Change"

We need your input as we are now at the "Edge of Change" and you are part of this change.

2019-02-11 05:19:11

The Open Road Is Bumpy, Edgy, but Mindful

if U R not ready you could lose control take the wrong turn, lose your way or even crash.

2019-03-02 16:06:14

Disrupting Disruption

As an industry that will survive we need to be Doing Disruption not just watching and waiting to be Disrupted.

2019-03-25 03:53:16

Automated Intelligence with Autonomous Interactions

The term "AI" Artificial Intelligence seems to be troweled on top of everything these days. But I feel we are all a long way from its true definition.

2019-03-28 00:54:52

Getting a hold on IT!

Disruption is everywhere, open is on our mind and in our software & hardware. Autodidactic DIY is how we learn. Here are some resources to help kick start your digital transformation.

2019-04-10 23:28:57

Holistic Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity solutions cannot be a self-serving or an isolated approach they need to be part of a holistic solution.

2019-04-10 23:28:57

Community of Practice (CoP)

The importance of being part of and creating "Communities of Practice".

2019-05-05 08:37:27

The Road Trip

My journeys for the next few months are on the road/highway to Motor City (Motown) then to San Diego's Silicon Beach and then Music City Nashville. As Willy Nelson would say, I am "on the road again" following a few of my many Communities of Practice CoP.

2019-05-22 11:56:48

Connecting Creative Communities

The people and their communities have staying power; the technology does not.

2019-06-05 08:34:52

Job Crafting Our Industry Ambassadors

Often words or events I am part of set the theme for my next chapter Our last chapter Connecting Creative Communities The people and their communities have staying power—the technology does not was the focus of my theme for my Keynote "My next 50 years" for the extremely successful event

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