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SAIMC: From the President’s desk

March 2019 SAIMC

Sitting here writing another article on my cellphone, realising it’s 2019 and we have technology available to us that people could not even imagine when I was born, is quite a revelation. A sobering moment as we look at the world around us and see the opportunities that are opening up. Opportunities that will use data in ways that right now we cannot fully comprehend.

Sadly though, the technologies that are evolving can also change the world for the worse. This is not new, there are many examples in history where technology that was developed for the benefit of society, was used by despots to cause catastrophic harm. As professionals in the automation fraternity, we have to find a balance.

On the positive side, ubiquitous connectivity and data availability bring us the benefit of cloud computing and the ability to manage anything from anywhere. Today we have the ability to automate almost any mundane task, be it work or home related. If we resist automation our competitors may beat us to it and we risk being at a disadvantage in the marketplace. We have access to the technology that others have developed, which in many instances is freely available online. But remember, if it is free online there is almost certainly a risk. So ensure that you understand that risk, particularly if it involves data security. Do this in order to reach a level of understanding that gives you the freedom to choose your own path going forward.

It is a fascinating topic, and also a very necessary one. I recommend that you be sure to evaluate your skills development and growth in line with emerging technology trends. And above all, make sure you stay on top of cybersecurity developments. Cyber-attacks are the downside of our connected society. Be sure you are in a position to protect yourself in both your personal and professional capacities.

SAIMC 2019 AGM

The AGM will take place at Park Inn Hotel, Sandton on 8 March at 15h00, where the newly elected council will be announced. All members are invited to attend and be part of the future decision-making process. We value your insights.

Please direct enquiries to admin@saimc.co.za

Yours in automation,

Annemarie van Coller


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