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EMAIL INTERVIEW – John Sublett, Jenny Graves and Ken Sinclair
John Sublett, Chief Technology
Jenny Graves, Vice President, Marketing Communications, Tridium
Sublett is a co-founder of Tridium, joining the team in 1996. He
was one of the lead architects for the Niagara Framework and holds
multiple patents related to the core concepts of NiagaraAX. John
is the Chief Technology Officer at Tridium.
Jenny Graves is Tridium’s Vice President of Marketing Communications. She joined the team in early 2013 and leads Tridium’s brand development, public relations and communication strategy.
Sinclair: How is planning coming along for the 2014 Niagara Summit?
Sinclair: What can you tell us about the educational tracks and breakout sessions?
Graves: As in years past, we have our traditional Developer,
Applications, and Business Tracks at this year’s event. We have a
great mix of Niagara Community members, end-users, Tridium leadership,
and technology thought leaders lined-up to present.
Detailed information about each of the planned break-out sessions can
be found on the Summit website.
In addition, we have a new track this year focused on technology trends that are changing the world. The Technology Trends track will provide a deep look into the most relevant trends in the technology world today. Leading industry experts will focus on Big Data, M2M, Mobility, and the Internet of Things (IOT), among others. Some of the speakers and topics in this track include:
Sinclair: How do these trends affect the Niagara Community?
Sublett: The common factor across all applications in Intelligent Buildings specifically, and the broader Internet of Things in general is the need to connect devices, get data from them, and extract actionable information from the data. This overall problem space is shaping up to be a land of opportunity for all of us.
The natural consequence of these opportunities is that many major technology companies that have not traditionally been interested in our domain are now making significant investments and bringing fresh thought and new technology to our space.
Sinclair: What can the Community expect to learn about Niagara 4 at the Summit?
Sublett: At the Niagara Summit this year, we will be providing the community with an update on where we are with Niagara 4.0. We’ll be taking a different approach for the demo than in years past. Rather than doing a demo during the general session, we want to create a much more engaging environment for the demo this year.
We will be demoing Niagara 4.0 in a breakout session this year, still in a large venue so we have plenty of room. We will have a live demo of Niagara 4.0 including the key elements that we outlined at the previous Niagara Summit. Highlights include the new user interface technology, the semantic data model, many workflow optimizations, and a new approach for building Niagara 4-based systems. Our focus has been on making it easier to get data into Niagara and easier to get valuable information out of Niagara. We are excited to demonstrate the details and engage the community to help drive it forward.
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