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: Vaal branch December 2019, SAIMC
At the last technology evening, Robert de Scande from SICK Automation gave a presentation on the subject of IO-Link. IO-Link offers new options for communication between the system control and field levels: ...
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At the last technology evening, Beckhoff Automation’s Gareth Taylor (sales engineer, Durban) presented on the topic ‘Open PC-based control technology in a world of modular process ...
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At the technology evening on 10 October, Jacques Parrott, from SICK Automation SA gave a presentation on ‘Measurement of green house gas emissions’, which also touched on the issue of carbon tax.
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The October technology evening was hosted by Extech Safety Systems. Sales director Gary Friend presented an interesting take on the relationship between new technological advances, and the never-ending ...
Read more...SAIMC: From the President's desk December 2019, SAIMC
2019 has been a year of many achievements by our members. Although the SAIMC might not be the organisation with the most members, the unselfish and hard-working team have certainly achieved more than ...
Read more...SAIMC: From the President's desk November 2019, SAIMC
The end of the year is almost upon us. Have you taken the opportunity to ask yourself what has really changed for you this year? In some areas we have seen significant and exponential change. Automation ...
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Learning from industry experts is a vital component of any student’s training. Such an expert is Thabo Lekgowane, a robotics engineer from ...
Read more...SAIMC: Obituary - Eugene Sithole November 2019, SAIMC
It is with deep sadness that the SAIMC heard of the death of dear friend and esteemed colleague Eugene Sithole, who passed away suddenly on 7 September.
Thanduxolo Eugene Sithole was born on 13 September ...
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, SAIMC Why use wires? At the technology evening on 11 September, Rudi Erasmus of Phoenix Contact walked us through when and why wireless communication is preferred to cabled communication.
Read more...SAIMC: Vaal branch November 2019, SAIMC
This month’s presentation at the Vaal branch covered the basic principles and fundamentals of SIL. It included the common misconceptions about SIL, risks, accidents, processes, random and systemic failures ...