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The Fast-Changing Future of Systems Integrators

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Change is a part of modern life that we must manage and embrace. The building automation industry is no different, although I would argue that change is coming more rapidly and steeply than in others. But how can those that work in the industry keep abreast of new technologies and user needs? In our latest white paper, The Fast-Changing Future of Systems Integrators: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve in a Radically Changing Market, we have tackled this for system integrators – looking at what trends and technology is affecting the smart buildings industry and how businesses can adapt to deliver faster and more efficiently. 

In our first blog of three, here’s a taster of what areas the paper covers. First up is insights into Advancing Technology:

The Internet of Things

With a predicted global number of connected devices in operation in smart buildings set to increase from 1.7 billion in 2020 to just under 3 billion by 2025, the Internet of Things (IoT) has a huge impact on the industry. These devices mean more data - and getting useful and timely insights from this data - is key to creating efficient and comfortable buildings. System integrators need software capable of easily integrating and reading the data alongside disparate systems in a building. 

Packaged Plant

With the positive benefits of delivering HVAC and other equipment as ‘packaged plant’ for the manufacturer, what about the system integrator? Their role now shifts to making network connections and providing visualization graphics. To support this, automation software is vital to create a ‘template’ – a pre-configured file that fully defines all the data points and, in some cases, graphical visualization and documentation. With more equipment to be ‘packaged’ in the future, system integrators should invest in templating to dramatically speed up engineering time.

Convergence of IT with OT & Cyber-Security

Whether the converged IP infrastructure is delivered by the Systems Integrator or by the IT provider there is a need to work with a platform that fully supports the IT requirements and enables such converged network solutions to be delivered efficiently and securely. SIs must select a modern software framework that has been designed to provide a high level of cyber-security.

Read Part 2: Customer Requirements, Usability, and Productivity

Read Part 3: The Changing Working Environment

Download the entire free white paper here>

B. Scott Muench

Scott joined J2 Innovations as a partner in 2011, and is now Vice President of Customer Experience. He has a wide range of responsibilities including evangelism, business development, training, and operational excellence. Scott is well known as an industry expert in smarthomes and smart buildings. He is a past president of ASHRAE, and is currently a board member for Project Haystack. Scott attended Clarkson University for Mechanical Engineering and graduated with a BS/Business in Organizational Innovation.

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Topics from this blog: FIN Stack End User Cybersecurity Systems Integrator Smart Buildings Industry

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