Executive Corner

Cyber Security: The Cornerstone of IIoT Adoption

Over the past decade or more the need for cyber security in industrial automation and control systems has been accelerating at an ever increasing rate. Adoption of the benefits of… Read more »

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COP-21: South America Needs to Seriously Commit!

COP-21, to takes place in Paris until December 11th 2015, has the main objective to achieve, for the first time, a universal and binding agreement to effectively fight against climate change and boost… 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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We Have the Technology to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

It is apparent to me that COP21 will be a milestone on the path towards a world that is more sustainable. I have been participating in these conferences for the… Read more »

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Sustainability – The New Critical Success Factor

I believe climate change is our generation’s biggest challenge and responsibility.  And, despite the odds, I am optimistic we can get the job done. I say this because I see… Read more »

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The Technology Tipping Point for IIoT

When debating our strategy to address the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) we inevitably end up in the details – a discussion about platforms moves very quickly into Ethernet and… Read more »

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We Have the Tools to Fight Climate Change

Recently at Fortune’s Brainstorm E event in Austin, I was asked about the upcoming United Nations COP21 summit. Should businesses worry about it? Can we ignore it? My position on… 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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How IIoT can turbo charge great data for better business

In today’s industrial world, it’s very easy to generate masses of data – process data, sales data, customer data and so on. The advent of the Industrial Internet of Things… Read more »

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The Gender Pay Gap Affects All of Us – It Is Time to Close It

The statistics are jarring. According to the latest U.S. Census statistics[1], women working full-time make on average only about 78% of what men earn. That means the average U.S. woman… Read more »

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Pushing Past “The Wall” Toward Carbon Neutrality

On Sunday, April 9, close to 57,000 runners will participate in the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris. Among them, 4,650 “green runners” will be representing Schneider Electric as employees, customers,… Read more »

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Switch SUPERNAP Awarded First-Ever Uptime Institute Tier IV Multi-Tenant Facility Certification

On Tuesday, SUPERNAP 8, a data center from provider Switch, became the first multi-tenant data center to earn Tier IV Constructed Facility certification, the highest rating possible under The Uptime… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Where is the data in data center?

Anyone ever notice that an awful lot of data centers may have plenty of management systems but the poor data center manager never seems to have the data he needs?… Read more »

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The Green Grid Offers Up Metric to Promote Responsible Disposal of IT Equipment

Governments around the world are taking interest in data centers or, more specifically, what happens to data center equipment when it’s time to put it out to pasture. I use… Read more »

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Embracing IIoT One Step at a Time

What stands in the way of progress is not technology – it’s us. It’s our desire to stay inside our comfort zone where we happily repeat familiar behaviors. If you… Read more »

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The Future of Industrial Automation

The automation of control processes has been around for a long time and has evolved from the early days of manual controls through switches and relays to today’s sophisticated control… Read more »

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When You Think About Modular Prefabricated Data Centers, Think Beyond ISO Containers

We’ve been designing and selling modular data centers at Schneider Electric for years. But lately, when I talk to customers about modular data centers, too often they naturally migrate to… 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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Data Center Facility Module set up at Uptime Institute Symposium 2012

As I mention in my last post, we are bringing one of our nearly 50,000 lbs facility modules to the Uptime Institute Symposium being held in just a few days… Read more »

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How IIoT is Pioneering the Future of Intuitive Industries

Intuitive industries are here. Increased digitization calls on adapted control. Digitization leads to connectivity, which enables two-way energy and information flow. This enables the emergence of an even more efficient… Read more »

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Electrical Grid Security is Serious Business

As we move further into the 21st century it’s difficult to imagine electrical installations that won’t be, in one way or another, connected. The Internet of Things is here and… Read more »

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The Next Wave of IIoT-Related Business Improvements

It’s become quite clear that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of Industry. By now we’ve well and truly covered the point that IIoT is, in fact,… Read more »

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Stay in Front of the Regulators – Get a Handle on E-Waste

In a recent post I wrote about the electronics disposal efficiency metric (EDE) that The Green Grid has come up with to help users and manufacturers of electronic equipment measure how… Read more »

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3 Ways to Lower Data Center Energy Costs and Move to Sustainability

It’s no secret that data centers use a tremendous amount of energy, about 2% of all U.S. electricity by some estimates. It’s great that companies with some of the largest… Read more »

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How to Get Your Factory Floor Innovation Idea Approved (and Funded) by Your CEO

Plant managers often struggle to convince CEOs across the industry to fund innovation projects. Most struggle to connect their proposal to business value. Other C-Level executives I talk to also… 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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The Green Grid Offers Up Metric to Promote Responsible Disposal of IT Equipment

Governments around the world are taking interest in data centers or, more specifically, what happens to data center equipment when it’s time to put it out to pasture. I use… Read more »

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How Energy-Aware Software Can Drive Greater Energy Efficiency

We’ve made great strides in increasing energy efficiency through technologies such as virtualization, which dramatically reduces the number of servers companies need. But in many cases, the energy efficiency gains… Read more »

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The Future of IoT: Our 5 Predictions

In my previous blog post, I discussed how IoT describes a world in which more and more devices are sensor-enabled, connected, and able to share information about their current state… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: HACs vs. CACs – Do we really need to have this conversation?

I was reading some articles online recently and I’m astounded by the lack of understanding of HACs  (Hot aisle containment) versus CACs (cold aisle containment). Let’s get right to the… Read more »

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