Updated: 9/30/08; 6:03:51 AM.
Gary Mintchell's Feed Forward
Manufacturing and Leadership.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ike also hit Ohio Sunday. Not nearly as bad as Houston, but bad for Ohio. We had winds of up to 80 mph for 6 hours Sunday afternoon. I returned home from a family trip to Chicago (where they had about 10 inches of rain from the storm) to find patio furniture scattered and no cable. Other than no Browns game I don't miss TV. That is my Internet connection though. I'm at a McDonalds on Tuesday at almost 9 pm scarfing a little Internet connection and a bad hot chocolate. I'm getting a new cellular card for the laptop tomorrow. No more WiFi charges all over the place for me.

Wednesday evening I'll be in Cleveland. I think you can still register for the ISA Sales & Marketing Summit there. I speak at one of the three tracks Thursday afternoon at 3:30pm. Catherine Durkosh of Siemens is speaking opposite me. I'd be there if I weren't speaking myself ;-) If you're there, be sure to say hi.

Next week it's two days in Orlando and the MESA International Conference. Geek meetup Monday evening?

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Just in. Kevin Roach has resigned from Rockwell Automation. He has been executing an ambitious strategy to make Rockwell a dominant software player. It's been exciting to watch. This is, of course, the exodus of yet another "outsider" from Rockwell. I have occasionally been contacted by his new company's PR, but it's only a partial fit to the scope of Automation World. A move of this kind always leads to a lot of questions. We'll have to see how Rockwell chooses to fill the role to gauge its intentions about continuing the direction Roach set.

Here is the announcement I got this afternoon:

Kevin Roach, VP/GM of Rockwell Software, has accepted a position as executive vice president with Activant Solutions Inc., a private-equity funded software company that is in a different industry from Rockwell Automation.  He will remain with Rockwell Automation until September 26, at which time Brian Van Horn, director of Finance, will take on the VP/GM position on an interim basis until a long-term replacement is named. 
"It is our intent to identify a successor quickly and we have already begun the process to move forward," said Steve Eisenbrown, senior vice president, Rockwell Automation Architecture & Software.  "We are committed to identifying a successor who will stay the course in terms of the current vision and strategy. The Information Solutions business will continue to be a key part of our growth strategy," Eisenbrown emphasized.

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