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...
Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

This post is authored by Jim Keaveney, president of ISA 2016. We just finished our Fall Leaders Meeting (FLM) and it was so invigorating spending time with our dedicated volunteer leadership teams.  There was record attendance, many new faces, and an outstanding...
The Leadership Challenge: Priming the Pump

The Leadership Challenge: Priming the Pump

This post is authored by Jim Keaveney, president of ISA 2016. Last month I talked about the challenge of filling our volunteer leadership pipeline.  This is a multi-faceted challenge that includes the search, identification, and mentoring of potential new leaders. ...
How Can ISA Best Meet My Needs?

How Can ISA Best Meet My Needs?

This post is authored by Jim Keaveney, president of ISA 2016. How can ISA help me?  This is a question we hear from automation professionals, members, and volunteer leaders.  As a section leader, it is a question that I have also asked in the hope of helping me better...
Why Do Automation Professionals Join ISA?

Why Do Automation Professionals Join ISA?

This post is authored by Jim Keaveney, president of ISA 2016. Now that we have discussed our five strategic goals (Content, Data, Coolest Delivery, Cybersecurity, and Advocacy) and our additional focus areas for 2016 (Alignment, Leadership , Globalization and Voice of...
ISA Relies on Your Input to Continually Improve

ISA Relies on Your Input to Continually Improve

This post is authored by Jim Keaveney, president of ISA 2016. In this month’s post, I turn my attention to the last of our four focus areas for 2016: Voice of the Customer (VOC). I hope that by taking a closer look at these priorities for the Society (the three others...
ISA Is Committed to Expanding Its Global Presence

ISA Is Committed to Expanding Its Global Presence

This post is authored by Jim Keaveney, president of ISA 2016. This month, I continue my examination of what I deem to be the four priority areas of focus for the Society in 2016. After previously covering Alignment and Leadership, I turn my attention to the issue of...

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