A Lesson on Solutions Pricing

From a dead squirrel. (by Neil Baron, with hat tip to Ed Anderson on LinkedIn).


JORD Phase 2

Having fixed a number of systematic technical and procedural issues in Phase 1, the JORD Project now moves into scalable technical implementation and sustainable business development in 2013. For more information, the JORD Project page is maintained here.

GlencoIS continues 60% to 80% commitment to that one project in 2013. As well as providing additional consulting services in exploitation of RDBI-based interoperability, GlencoIS is interested in prototyping with those looking to develop tools in this area.

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Outage Apologies

Due to some test installs and reconfigurations of our server, I lost visibility of all my normal WordPress and other static content for a few days. But after a reset it looks like everything is up and back to normal. No damage done.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Flying in 2012

Here we are almost at the end of January 2012. JORD deliverables have made good progress, so the focus is planning the next phases. [Download the 2012 Update paper from the JORD Project page.]

Also taken the opportunity to publish and tidy up links to a few papers that were worked on over the year end.

Planning to be at PCA Americas 2012 (BP Houston, Feb 27th to Mar 31st) and FIATECH Showcase 2012 (Miami, April 2nd to 5th)

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Telephone Service Resumed

We can now confirm at last that the office phone number is unchanged and working again since the office move. +44 (0) 1287 203 922

We had some issues with the service provider (BT) but all now sorted, HOWEVER, any missed-calls and messages between 30th November and today 15th December are lost, so you will need to make contact again. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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We’re Moving

As of 30th November 2011 our new office address is:


Glenco IS Ltd.
The Old Parsonage,
Church Drive, Boosbeck,

(Post Note : The contact page is already updated. Apologies for any disruption to phone and email on that day, but all electronic contact should remain unchanged. Sounds like we may have some delays – up to a week – in getting phone and internet up. Eventually 15 days after the move the phone and internet are fully up and running.)

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Time for an update.

As predicted the JORD project is consuming a significant proportion of my time, and the good news is we are producing deliverable results. If you are a member of that project you will be receiving regular reports and reviews, if not the public updates are always presented or linked here.

The recent FIATECH and PCA member meetings, in Boulder, CO and Perth, WA respectively last month, allowed us to present JORD progress publicly, and in doing so generated many new companies interested, from the Mining and Minerals and the Nuclear Power industries specifically, as well as our core Oil&Gas, Energy and Capital Facilities sectors generally. If you are at SPAR Europe in Den Haag next week Mon 7th to Wed 9th Nov, look out for me and other FIATECH and PCA participants to provide updates first-hand.

The remainder of my time is taken up with a couple of other active customer contracts, and spare time with helping my old school update its alumni arrangements in this 450th academic year since its foundation.

I also posted a summary of what you need to know about Reference-Data-Based Interoperability. Enjoy.

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JORD Under-way

The JORD Project is now under-way, consuming a significant part of my time for the foreseeable future, following the KO Meeting hosted by BP in London on 4th May 2011.

Public updates to the project status and links to published deliverables will be found here. Working documents, notes and actions are restricted to project members.

The latest project position was presented to participants at Semantic Days 2011 and the associated PCA Members Meeting in Oslo 6th to 9th June, and the first project review by the management team took place on the last day after the conference.

I was also invited to present the project and its relevance to ISO15926 Compliance at the Complex Engineering Plant Lifecycle Management Conference organized by NIAEP of the Rosatom group in Nizhniy-Novgorod, Russian Federation.

The next main public outings will be the the FIATECH Members Meeting 3rd to 5th October in Boulder, CO and the PCA Members Meeting and Owner-Operator Forum in Perth, WA 12th & 13th October.

Meantime, JORD deliverables to be worked-on.

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JORD Decision Point

As reported on the PCA News Page, the JORD project reached a key milestone when the boards of PCA and FIATECH met and agreed in February to kick-off the Phase 1 implementation as soon as a kick-off meeting of the sponsoring organizations could be arranged.

The KO Meeting is currently being planned for the first week of May 2011 in London.

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New for 2011

Plans for work continuing with a customer down-under in Brisbane are on indefinite hold as the locals recover from the flooding tragedy. Naturally the whole project is affected, even though the business district offices escaped inundation. [Update: Working in Brisbane for first half of February.]

Focussing on getting the (joint PCA & FIATECH) JORD project on the road, and looking forward to the Americas PCA Forum and joint Member Meeting with OpenO&M / MIMOSA. February 22-24 2011 Hosted by Chevron.

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