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ISA Recognizes 2014 ISA Honors and Awards Recipients

The 52nd Annual ISA Honors & Awards Gala was held on November 10 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, Mo. The Honors and Awards program provides an opportunity for ISA to recognize outstanding individuals, corporations, and sections and divisions for the contributions they have made to the Society and/or the automation […]

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The Gift – ISA 2014 Fall Leaders Meeting

It seems like just yesterday that we were all very much engaged in the ISA 2014 Fall Leaders Meeting. In case you missed it, this year’s event was held in Kansas City, Missouri at the Marriott downtown. And I personally felt like I was in the midst of what author Gary Harpst calls the Six […]

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From Strategy to Execution – Leading Change

“Great leaders… look outward…at the competition, out at the future, out at alternative routes forward. They focus on broad patterns, finding connections, cracks, and then press home their advantage where the resistance is weakest. They must be visionaries, strategic thinkers, activators. When played well, this is without a doubt, a critical role.” —Marcus Buckingham & […]

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What is “Coolest Delivery”?

For the past several months I have been focusing my articles on ISA’s five game-changing strategic goals. One of those goals – using the coolest delivery to connect people and knowledge—is of particular interest to me. What does it mean to have “cool” delivery of our content? And why is cool delivery important? To be […]

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What is Automation?

In my last post, I shared details about ISA’s Summer Leaders Meeting (SLM), including our first Automation Advisory Council meeting and the strategic visioning and planning sessions that were held and next steps. In that meeting we discussed how ISA’s use of the words “automation” and “automation professional” might make some members of ISA (and […]

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Urgent Need for Automation Systems Cyberprotection

Widespread global awareness of threats to information systems (IS) has led government and business to focus significant attention and resources on IS cybersecurity. The same cannot be said regarding industrial automation systems, where there is an urgent need to focus on the cyberprotection of critical industrial control systems. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has […]

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How NIST Cybersecurity Framework Improves Critical Infrastructure Protection

On 12 February 2013 President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, titled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” The executive order instructed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a voluntary cybersecurity framework that would provide a “prioritized, flexible, repeatable, performance-based, and cost-effective approach for assisting organizations responsible for critical infrastructure services to manage cybersecurity […]

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ISA Vision 2020: Can you see the duck?

For as long as I can remember, almost every time I have traveled by car to a place, even if I have been there in the past, I check to make sure I have directions. Today that typically means that I enter the destination in my car’s WAAS/GPS (wide area augmentation system/global positioning system). The […]

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Are you qualified?

This week hundreds of educators and professionals from government and public and private industry sectors converged on Washington, DC to attend the US News STEM Solutions National Conference. The sessions covered an array of topics related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math); I had the honor of participating on a panel entitled “Customized Credentials […]

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