We have reached the half-way point of 2019 and I am shocked at how time has just flown by for me personally. But, that is usually the result when you are fully engaged and busy with things that occupy your mind and align with your interests.
Today I want to talk about something different. As the president, I have the privilege of being invited to many conferences and discussions around the future of technology. What I have realised, is that there are end users who are not 100% on top of the new technologies with regard to infrastructure in the IT environment. Of course they attend these conferences to educate themselves, but personally, I do not think you should leave the infrastructure knowledge to other parties as this could cost you money in the long run.
Knowing how to manage your legacy systems and making decisions on how to maintain and support them while developing new systems is a balance, which can end up being costly if it goes wrong.
Keeping this in mind, I urge you to look at some basics again. Maybe you understand them and just need to see what has changed: concepts like Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (Paas), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Docker technology, Kubernetes, and the changes that will come with IPv6. Restructure your organisation to be future-proof. As an individual, you should also educate yourself to ensure that you stay relevant and can contribute to effective decision making. New laws like the PoPI act have also changed the constraints and use of information. Make sure you know the risks, but also understand the new opportunities that have opened up for you.
The world is changing at a rapid pace – don’t get left behind.
SAIMC: Secunda branch July 2019, SAIMC
, SAIMC May Technology Evening
On 16 May 2019 Kevin Preston from Phoenix Contact gave a very interesting and explanatory presentation on SIL (functional safety).
Safety Integrity Level (SIL) is by definition ...
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On behalf of the SAIMC, I am proud to announce that there are multiple initiatives that have progressed well within our organisation: Automation as an engineering discipline in South Africa
As most ...
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The May Technical Evening was presented by Krzyszstof Lapacz from ifm – South Africa. He is responsible for business development and industrial networking.
Krzyszstof gave an in-depth technical presentation ...
Read more...SAIMC: Tshwane branch July 2019, SAIMC
The committee wishes to thank Nico Marneweck from Endress+Hauser for serving on the committee since the branch’s inception. Unfortunately Nico’s work commitments have changed and he is not available to ...
Read more...SAIMC: Durban branch July 2019, SAIMC
Durban branch held its June technology meeting at the Durban Country Club on Wednesday 5th June. It was another well-attended meeting with over 45 people in attendance.
Prinesh Mari, who is a senior ...
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, SAIMC SICK of safety regulations?
At the May meeting of the SAIMC Johannesburg branch held at SICK Automation, Stephen Eltze brought some fun into the safety discussion. As a nation of would-be taxi drivers, ...
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The May technology evening was moved out a day to accommodate the public holiday on 1 May and the topic of IO-Link attracted an excellent attendance at the Durban Country Club, in spite of the disruption ...
Read more...SAIMC: Secunda branch June 2019, SAIMC
On 4 April, Theo Wassenaar from Emerson Automation Solutions gave an informative presentation on ‘Steam trap monitoring with pervasive sensing and plantweb insight’.
Over the years, steam traps have ...
Read more...SAIMC: Vaal branch June 2019, SAIMC
At the last technology evening, Jacques Parrot, a project engineer from SICK Automation, gave an in-depth presentation on “Greenhouse phenomena and the looming legal requirements that emission producing ...
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The April technology evening featured Alvin Seitz of Bürkert who outlined a fairly new flowmeter technology using surface acoustic waves (SAW). So, are SAW flowmeters the greatest thing since sliced Coriolis?