Various authors have been credited with the statement; "It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future." Actually, the surest way is to simply look at the past and extrapolate. Pat Kennedy will focus on the business technologies and procedures that OSIsoft has observed during 15 years of evolution, drawing largely from customer testimonials. Kennedy will highlight that winning projects are those that are wide and shallow, not vertically focused. These will include short summaries of several papers that have been presented at previous user conferences. Whether you are managing an international rollout of RtPM, or working for a company with a single plant site using PI, you can take advantage of this phenomenon. This presentation will show how anyone using our software can leverage their existing assets to reap new benefits!
Dr. Kennedy holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer in Control Systems Engineering, and holds a patent for catalytic reformer control. He began his career as an advanced control specialist for Shell Development. In 1973, he joined Taylor Instruments and installed many different systems on refining, chemical, pharmaceutical, food and semiconductor plants. In 1980, along with R. A. Sara, Dr. Kennedy started Oil Systems as an advanced control company. He built the first PI System (PI stands for Plant Information.) in 1983, and in 1992, Oil Systems (later OSI Software, then OSIsoft) began construction of a new client/server system based on Microsoft OLE Technology. Dr. Kennedy received the Pioneer Award from the TAPPI Process Control, Electrical, and Information Division in March 2002. Start Magazine awarded him the Visionary Award in 2002, and other leading industry associations recognize his accomplishments in the use of information technology to solve real world problems.