ISA Executive Board Approves New Vision and Mission Statements

ISA Executive Board Approves New Vision and Mission Statements

This post is authored by Brian Curtis, president of ISA 2018.   I’m excited to announce that the ISA Executive Board, meeting earlier this month during the Spring Leaders Meeting in Raleigh, NC, USA, has approved new ISA vision and mission statements. ISA’s new vision...
Are You Getting the Most out of Your ISA Membership?

Are You Getting the Most out of Your ISA Membership?

This post is authored by Brian Curtis, president of ISA 2018.   During my years as an ISA member I have witnessed the dedication and sterling contributions of ISA members first hand. Whether I’m attending ISA division and section events, participating in Society...
Leadership Transition Is a Process Not a Transaction

Leadership Transition Is a Process Not a Transaction

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. The conclusion of ISA’s annual Fall Leader’s Meeting tends to signal that the end of the year is approaching and it’s time to begin preparing for a new one. At ISA, an important part of preparing for a...
Take Advantage of the Opportunities at ISA’s Fall Leaders Meeting

Take Advantage of the Opportunities at ISA’s Fall Leaders Meeting

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. The ISA Fall Leaders Meeting (FLM)—which will get underway later this month in Tampa, Florida—brings ISA leaders together to assess the state of the Society, consider strategies and actions to improve...
A New and Different Direction for ISA

A New and Different Direction for ISA

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. The classic definition of insanity is to keep doing the same things you have been doing and expecting different results.  At some point, you have to nudge things along in an attempt to affect a change...
Explaining Automation: Keep It Simple, Relevant, Relatable

Explaining Automation: Keep It Simple, Relevant, Relatable

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. This is a question that all of us, as automation professionals, need to be able to answer—clearly and simply. Outside of our own ranks, the vast majority of people do not have a clear understanding of...
ISA is Changing

ISA is Changing

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. ISA recently made some big news in automation training. One of ISA’s most important and popular courses—Fundamentals of Industrial Process Measurement & Control (FG05M)—is now available in a...
You Have a Voice in Helping to Shape ISA’s Future

You Have a Voice in Helping to Shape ISA’s Future

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. I thank you for indulging me over my posts the last two months (here and here) on the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization and the FIRST Championship, which...
Shaping the Future of Our Profession and Association

Shaping the Future of Our Profession and Association

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. In a few days, an event will take place in two American cities that will play an important role in encouraging high school students to pursue careers in engineering and automation. The 2017 FIRST®...
ISA Needs to Change, but How?

ISA Needs to Change, but How?

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. As you’ll recall, I stated in my February post that ISA’s long-term value and success depend on our ability to embrace change and become:  more flexible, more adaptable, faster to market, and less...
Leadership Requires Embracing the Demands of Change

Leadership Requires Embracing the Demands of Change

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. Part of the challenge I knew I would face when I took on the position of Society president was leading us through the changes necessary to keep ISA in a leadership position within our industry.  From...
Building on ISA’s Financial and Operational Success

Building on ISA’s Financial and Operational Success

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as ISA President for 2017. ISA is an organization with a long and distinguished history of providing value to our members and to the automation community at...
Putting the Pedal to the Metal

Putting the Pedal to the Metal

This post is authored by Jim Keaveney, president of ISA 2016. Since this will be my last column as Society President, I want to start by thanking you for all of your contributions to our profession and ISA as well as for your support over the past year. I also want to...
Mission-Critical Operations: When Failure Is Not an Option

Mission-Critical Operations: When Failure Is Not an Option

This post was written by Steve Mustard, an industrial control system and cybersecurity consultant.   The term “mission critical” applies to any activity, system, or equipment whose failure can result in the failure of an organization’s operations. Depending on the...

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