This week I am attending Interop New York at the Jacob Javits Conference Center in the heart of New York City. It is only day 2 of the week-long agenda but I have already attended some engaging and impactful sessions. Below is a quick recap of just two of the many sessions taking place this week.
The day kicked off yesterday with a panel on Internet of Things - read the Procera blog from earlier this year for our take on the Internet of Things. Dr. Richard Soley, the chair and CEO of Objects Management Group, refers to the Internet of Things as, “a new wave of Industrialization and Internetization.” Soley introduced the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and its goal of improving the integration of the physical and digital world in order to realize the full potential of industrial industries in order to make them more efficient. The IIC, an international organization, is led by several big networking names and is currently in the process of setting up test beds for several initiatives. Some of Soley and the IIC’s ideas are truly awe-inspiring and I would suggest you check out their website to see what they are up to - some of their ideas could change our everyday lives in the very near future.
In the afternoon I attended a session called Creative Leadership led by Rob Cordova of Rob Cordova Consulting. I was on the edge of my seat with a smile of my face for three hours- and those three hours felt like thirty minutes (with a set of sore abs immediately following). Creative Leadership was not about how to lead a team creatively, it was about the importance of innovation and being a thought leader within your organization. Recently, Procera’s CEO Jim Brear was named as one of Frost & Sullivan’s Innovative leaders of Silicon Valley so it was a timely topic for me to attend.
The audience of 75 was entirely engaged throughout the presentation of Cordova’s creative thought models and techniques for stimulating new ideas to challenge the “norms” of your company. “Norms”, as explained by Cordova, are really any business practices, everyday exercises, or ways of thinking, either simple or complex, that could be improved with innovation. Cordova also stressed the importance of staying open to new ideas and how to phrase questions or concerns in a way to avoid negativity and foster a culture in which employees will feel comfortable with sharing those seemingly off-the-wall ideas.
I am looking forward to what the rest of the week will bring at Interop NY - including meeting with some of our great partners. If you want to discuss the IIC, Rob Cordova’s amazing session, or meet with us at Interop NY, please reach out. Now, back to the City that Never Sleeps!