A few Saturdays ago, I drove my 16-year-old son to take the SATs. He didn’t say much—a sign that he was a little nervous. With three children, I make these drives—to sports tryouts, auditions and other make-or-break moments of adolescence—frequently. For years, I was never sure what to say during these final moments before they perform. But recently I’ve found some good advice in the scientific literature on how to get people psyched up before events like these.
IT’S A TYPICAL MONDAY MORNING in late April, and TJ Connelly wakes at 4:30 to get to WBCZ, the station at Boston College, for his 6 a.m. radio show. From 9 to 2, he works as an entrepreneur and app developer in downtown Boston. Then, just before 2:30 in the afternoon, he arrives at Fenway to get ready for 3:20 batting practice. Connelly is 39 years old, with flowing dark hair and a long beard. Today, he’s dressed in a ratty black golf shirt and gray checked pants.
The worlds of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) are converging and manufacturing professionals in both specializations must understand the significant complexities of building a connected enterprise. The next phase in the digitization of the manufacturing sector, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution or “Industry 4.0,” will drive an increase in computational power, connectivity and data volume, all requiring low-power, wide-area networks.