I flew down to Orlando, FL yesterday morning. It was not a fun flight, especially on the descent with the plane hitting several areas of turbulence. I am here for the Siemens Energy and Automation Summit. SE&A is the operating company for Siemens in the US and this is basically their user group. A few observations:
- I know Siemens just signed a 12 year alliance with Disney, but the location could be better. Coronado Springs is not what I would call a ‘business friendly’ hotel. I felt like I was wearing scuba gear as I walked around the grounds in my suit (yesterday was analyst/PR day, so suits were ‘recommended’)
- User groups are mostly the same everywhere. A bunch of people that already know each other. And a bunch of other people looking for new people to know. And some that are just here for a vacation from the J-O-B.
- Siemens makes a lot of hardware! Our demo stand is one of the only ones in the whole Siemens booth with just screens. It feels a little odd, but then again we did attract a lot of interested users and partners. So maybe in this case it is good to be different. After all, how long can you look at a switch 😉
So far this has been a great chance to learn about the rest of the company. SIMATIC IT, PCS 7, APACS+….and I thought we were bad with acronyms!