Recently I have join the Internet of Things (IOT) Solutions Marketing team, supporting the oil, gas and mining industries and suddenly in my new role I am meeting with old pals from oil, gas and mining industries again, finding them in different events, conversations, and blogs that just some months ago I would never had thought I would.
IOT is bringing together different industries and companies that had been in parallel tracks for long time. And blurring the lines between different divisions within big companies as well.
In the past, operations, sales, marketing and technology used to interact with different people, and tackling very different problems: they were different divisions with no common objectives or language. It used to happen as well between the consulting services and software division and the networking and infrastructure functions within big IT organizations.
Cisco, usually was rarely present in oil and gas industry events such as OTC, Oilcomm, and ENTELEC (see Cisco’s activities at ENTELEC here). IT big shows were distant from industry events. In events such as Cisco Live it would be impossible to find oil & gas applications, less chance even to find big industry players in the exhibition floor. Well, all that is changing. This year in Cisco Live (read Roberto De La Mora’s blog on Cisco Live here), companies like Rockwell , Schneider and EATON are having booths and speaking sessions and Cisco will be showcasing solutions for Oil & Gas.
I have to say that I am happy to start meeting again my old colleagues from Emerson and other related companies as well as new software and applications developers within the Oil & Gas industry, and we will have the opportunity to collaborate on innovating solutions for joint customers.
Are you planning to meet old pals to create new solutions on the Internet of Things?