Executive Corner

Uptime Institute Symposium 2012 Next Week

In anticipation of the Uptime Institute Symposium next week, Matt Tavares and I put together a short video of the things we are most excited about and the main reasons… Read more »

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Conspiracy Theories and Facts: AC versus DC update

I thought it might be worthwhile to give an update regarding the ongoing debate of AC versus DC in data centers since I posted my last blog on January 30th…. Read more »

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Great Hoaxes: Bigfoot, UFO’s, and DC vs. AC efficiency studies

It’s remarkable that we continue to see what I consider pseudo-scientific ‘studies’ claiming that DC distribution is significantly more efficient than AC distribution in data centers.  These ‘studies’ make the… Read more »

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Where do metrics end and intelligent humans begin?

I’m all for metrics, but at some point the need for an actual breathing human to interpret the metric is as important as the metric itself.  PUE, WUE, ERE, DCcE… Read more »

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Tech Vault Gartner Data Center 2011

Next Monday I will be introducing Jay Fayette from Tech Vault at the Gartner Data Center Conference being held in Las Vegas.  In anticipation of that event I wanted to… Read more »

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Why data center management tools need to be more like social networks and less like the IRS

I recently presented at the Gartner Symposium and during my preparation for the presentation I revisited some of the concepts I discussed in my “Where is the data in data… Read more »

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Sporks Part II: How many tools do you need to manage a data center?

In one of my recent blogs, I compared sporks (I HATE SPORKS!) and woodworking tools as an analogy to data center management software.  You can find a link to that… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Cloud Computing – Is it really just 80’s outsourcing by another name?

Is it possible to be suffocated by a cloud?    Because the hype around cloud computing is starting to make me feel like I’m suffocating.  It seems that for the… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Comparing Data Center Management Software with Sporks

Sporks are awful – bad at being a spoon and bad at being a fork. I think there’s a good argument to say that many datacenter management software packages are… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: DCIM – What is it?

I’ve been reading and receiving a bunch of information on DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) software for the last few years.  I’m not sure if other people have this same… Read more »

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Tailoring the Supply Chain to Respond to Customer Needs

A supply chain serving an extremely diverse customer base and agile enough to meet customer requirements are the reasons why Schneider Electric jumped 16 places to No. 18 on Gartner’s… Read more »

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Research Reveals That Companies with More Women In Leadership Roles Perform Better

I came across an interesting finding the other day. Companies that have more women in leadership roles are performing in the top 20% financially according to the DDI’s Global Leadership… Read more »

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The Innovation Game in Which Industry Scores Big: Part 2

Part 2: The wonder of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) Last week, I mentioned that Schneider Electric’s open innovation playing field is not unlike soccer – a sport I loved… Read more »

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Digitized power distribution for the digital world

As I said in my last blog post, IoT really is changing everything. One area where we’re seeing a tremendous impact is power distribution for buildings. Thanks to innovative technologies,… Read more »

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Paris COP-21: The Time to Commit and Act has Come!

The COP-20, and its “Lima Call for Climate Action” joint declaration, left mixed feelings on me. On one hand, it kept the goal of limiting global warming to less than… Read more »

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Bounding Together With the Hope of a Better Future. Schneider “Women Build”

I am honored to be part of Schneider Electric’s first “Women Build” with Habitat for Humanity in Chicagoland, along with other volunteers. I am particularly happy because this cause is… Read more »

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Customer Centricity: From Concept to Reality.

The concept of customer centricity is not new. In 1954, Peter Drucker wrote in his book The practice of Management: “It is the customer who determines what a business is,… Read more »

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Creating Leaders for Better Tomorrows

Written by guest blogger Iram Shah, SVP Customer Transformation Today, I am honored to receive the Chancellor Excellence Award and speak at the East-West University scholarship dinner to address a topic that… Read more »

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Nurturing sustainability from our core to our customers

Sustainability is in Schneider Electric’s DNA. It is rooted in everything we do. Our mission is to help our customers meet their sustainability goals while continuing to grow their business…. Read more »

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The IIoT as Job Creator and Money Maker

Often termed the fourth industrial revolution, it’s easy to conclude that the progress being generated by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will result in job losses. When we think… Read more »

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IT and OT: Allies or Adversaries?

Can IT and OT get along? It’s one of the pressing questions facing the business world as the Internet of Things, or IoT, drumbeat grows louder. As the two essential… Read more »

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Services Oriented Drives host Connectivity from Factory Floor to Boardroom

This is the first in a series of blogs about Services Oriented Drives, the main purpose of which is to run a motor by controlling its speed where the performance… Read more »

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Services Oriented Drives Adapt to All Requirements and Specifications

In last month’s blog, we explained how the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environment, which encompases the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT), is a world first for Schneider…. Read more »

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Services Oriented Drives Support IT/OT Convergence

In the last blog, we tackled issues like power quality and harmonics mitigation in motor drive systems. This time we deal with issues such as asset management and maintenance and… Read more »

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How IIoT enhances benefits of new asset management tools

Many operators of industrial sites are challenged with making their plants more competitive.  Issues such as energy waste, unanticipated downtime and inefficient processes all emerge as top of mind. Although… Read more »

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The IIoT as Job Creator and Money Maker

Often termed the fourth industrial revolution, it’s easy to conclude that the progress being generated by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will result in job losses. When we think… Read more »

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In Large Data Centers, Medium-voltage Distribution Makes Lots of Sense

Data center engineers have long dealt with the issue of distributing power to the various components that need it, from CRAC/CRAH units to IT equipment and UPSs. For the most… Read more »

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Simplify Power Distribution While Improving Reliability: Go Modular

You’ve likely read lots of posts on this site about the benefits of modular, containerized data centers, including this popular  post on the topic by Neil Rasmussen.  I would like to take… Read more »

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A Glimpse at the Future of Sustainable Data Centers

One perk of working in IT is the occasional opportunity to peek into the crystal ball and see what the future holds. Recent news around the building of the world’s… Read more »

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How I Became CMO of a Multinational Energy Company

The world is getting smaller, and its resources are growing scarcer by the day. The advent of the commercial Web browser in 1994 changed everything, connecting continents, countries and cultures… Read more »

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