This past OSIsoft Users Conference (UC 2013) featured many great talks featuring sustainability as an underlying part of their success story. While UC 2013 didn't have a separate sustainability track, sustainability was there in every customer presentation and user story. Something to think about as we continue to work through the economic recovery.
Sustainability is something we hear lots about - but often as an environmental story. The Industry and Marketing teams at OSIsoft look at Sustainability a little differently - Sustainability is about conserving your company's resources, continue to deliver products and services, and do so in our very competitive global marketplace.
One of my favorite talks at UC 2013 was Marathon's Ken Startz. Ken has spoken at previous UC and Regional Seminars and always has a great presentation to deliver. Marathon is a company committed to sustainability. Marathon is a 130 year old company who has been using PI System since 1988. Many innovations with PI over the years, most recently with Drilling data. Drilling data is critical to upstream industry, but often the data is in separate systems, sometimes these systems are isolated from each other. PI is used to integrate the data and capture more high frequency data than was available previously for wide consumption by the users of PI. An interesting observation Ken made was the following - most of the recent big benefits from PI have come from many small projects. (Reminds me of something which was a theme a few years ago at a UC - put the data in front of smart people and empower them to use the data in creative ways.)
PI Coresight was used in powerful ways by Marathon. An exciting user story was how quickly a project team was able to create a project's visualization using PI Coresight displays.