If you’ll pardon some self-indulgence, today marks the final day of my third year of the Emerson Process Experts blog. Time flies when you’re having fun! It began with this February 28, 2006 welcome post. The mission of the blog has remained largely the same over the years:
…to create a shorter path between process manufacturing professionals seeking solutions and the experts around Emerson Process Management who have valuable industry, application, and technology expertise. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and exchange views with the people behind our services and technologies.
Unlike some prolific members in our trade press who have notched thousands of posts, this will be the 371st post with 210 comments received to date. Much greater have been the emails and phone calls meeting process automation professionals from many industries and world areas.
In the three years of blogging, a lot has changed. There are more voices in our world of process manufacturing, but not as many as I would have guessed.
One significant change is the continuing expansion of ways to communicate publicly your expertise and ideas. Blogs used to be one the major ways, but now many more ways exist. In these tough, global economic times, bringing more visibility to your expertise is a good thing with the caveat of understanding your company’s guidelines, or following well thought out ones, such as IBM’s social computing guidelines.
Borrowing from last year’s Emerson Exchange presentation, here are a few examples of ways to share your expertise.
If you’re not already using LinkedIn, consider joining and building your network. There are groups like the DeltaV Digital Automation System, where you can ask and answer questions if you’re experienced working with the DeltaV system. There is also a question and answer section to help find answers faster and share your expertise. The questioner rates the good and best answers, which builds your expertise rating if your answers are selected.
Facebook is another community area, which tends to be used more on a social basis, although there are all sorts of business-related groups. Again, as an example, the DeltaV system has a growing community here.
I continue to be amazed at the new and innovative ways people use these new forms of communications. Emerson’s Mike Boudreaux, whom I’ve featured in several process safety-related posts, has two FriendFeed rooms–one on Process Safety and the other on Safety Instrumented Systems. When he finds news and events related to these topics he adds them to the room. If you have interest in these areas, it’s a shortcut for you to find fast information. You can also join the room and add your comments and posts.
And as I mentioned in many earlier posts, Twitter, is increasingly becoming a mainstream form of communication. It’s your opportunity to share your expertise 140 characters or less at a time. You decide whom you want to follow and others in turn can choose to follow you. There are an increasing number of voices in our world of process automation. A good place to discover some of these folks is to see who is following our DeltaV Twitter community.
There’s much more to say, but I’ve already overloaded this post with links, so we’ll save it for another time.
Thanks to everyone who has discovered the Emerson Process Experts blog and I look forward to more great years.