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James MacLennan
Works at IDEX Corporation
Attended University of Notre Dame
Lives in Gurnee, IL
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    CIO, 2012 - present
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Business leader with a broad background in strategic visioning, applied digital strategy, effective system/process design, and operational planning & management.

Focused on delivering timely, measurable, and sustainable results that support critical objectives and drive value. 

Recognized for creative & high-impact design skills, innovative & effective communications, global team-building & organizational development, and consistent delivery of strong results through formal and advisory leadership

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  • University of Notre Dame
    Electrical Engineering, 1981 - 1985
  • DePaul University
    Marketing, 1988 - 1992

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Ok, maybe I’m stretching the meaning there, but that’s a cool sounding title, and what I see as an interesting phenomenon. People get excited about Large Numbers, and think they have meaning and importance simply because they are Large Numbers. The Law of Large Numbers ... Big Errors For...
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One of the more interesting conversations I’ve had in the Industrial Internet of Things space was on the topic of sensors – in particularly hostile environments, collecting particularly difficult information. A theoretical* example might be the need to measure operating performance for a...
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Another form of “field work” I have to do involves wading through the “excitement” around this topic that fills my browser, inbox, voicemail, and calendar. My baseline observation is predictable – it feels like more hype than substance. As happened with Big Data and Cloud in the recent...
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As previously noted, the focus of our IoT conversations is not all strategy, markets, and business cases. Each new Business Unit (BU) connection brings more anecdotes about things that start off as puzzles and end up as interesting insights, decisions to reduce complexity, and/or necessary...
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A semi-recurring feature – items that I think are worth your time. Sourced from a variety of places around the ‘net – I’ll try to give credit for the recommendations where it is due. Some of these are older, some quite recent – I’ve got a backlog of interesting stuff to share. As...
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When talking with a Business Unit about contributing to earnings with “Information as a Product or Service”, the fun part of the conversation is getting into the specifics. Where exactly are we going to make money here – and how much? What is the Size of the Prize? Well, maybe more fun for...
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Three per day? Well , #3 and #5 don’t count ... I’ve noticed a definite trend in the “best practices” wing of the Productivity building; it goes by many names and takes on a few different forms, but the idea is rooted in a few simple concepts: Focus on the Critical Few: Multitasking does...
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One of the benefits of ditching cable and going to internet streaming TV is that I’m watching more TED talks for a mental stretch break. True, I’m missing half of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but I catch stuff like this from Paola Antonelli, on bringing video games to New York’s Museum of...
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The enterprise shift to “consumerization” is more than just the desire to use my iPhone and upset my work-life balance. It’s something akin to instant gratification – people have ideas about how information can augment, automate, and transform how they transact business, connect with...
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It’s a topical term (disrupt everything) thanks to Clayton Christensen’s excellent work – and the thousands of pundits seizing on the marquee examples (newspapers dying! music unleashed! pointless gas stations!) to keep it top-of-mind. Threats or opportunities? But for most of us, the...
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An important component of any IoT initiative is going to be the Business Case. Getting past the “strategic imperative” and the “cool technology”, how are we going to build a reasoned case based on ROI? At my our company, we are still building a template for our business cases; as I have...
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If you buy into the whole “disruptive innovation” meme as your Internet of Things inspiration, you may be tempted to go the Steve Jobs route. Hang the market research, just develop a vision that is compelling and outlandish – something that they aren’t expecting, but will love and...
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I, Cringely » Blog Archive The $30 billion Social Security hack - I, C...
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A Practical Reason for Moving Beyond Smart Part Numbers
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Despite The Hype, Few Enterprise Workers Embrace Social Software
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You can't dictate which tools your employees use
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Can Big Data Replace Domain Expertise?
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Four tools to bridge from Raw Productivity to Sustainable Results
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caption id= align=alignright width=377 Three per day? Well , #3 and #5 don't count .../caption I've noticed a definite trend in the best pra

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For enterprise architects in the years ahead thinking about the business: it’s all about data, data, data.

Motion Graphic: The Power of Data Visualization
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CSS3 Gems: The calc() Function » SitePoint
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Craig's brief tutorial explains a little-known but incredibly useful CSS3 function which could change the way you approach layout design.

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