The RtPM Data Center – this is a concept whose time has come. In building these data centers, be they maintenance and diagnostic centers, or vendor-managed inventory centers, we must move away from the confines of a project-focused mentality and instead embrace an enterprise mentality. To illustrate this, think of the homeowner who will add on a few rooms to his house in the near future, but thinks he may eventually end up building a second floor above that. To better plan for all he wishes to build, it probably makes sense to lay a foundation that can support that second floor. This paradigmatic shift in our thought process cannot be merely notional; it must be integral to the design. How does this translate to what we do in our businesses? First, you must think about your enterprise as a whole – not just the systems required to run your business, but the development and staging servers and resources as well. But the path forward is not to implement this as a project. The RtPM Data Center is a network of systems and applications that can roll out quickly and deliver immediate value to your users, while laying the required foundation for all the critical applications you need for today’s and tomorrow’s needs – delivering value now, and value over time.
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.