The FDT Group has released a new cloud based link to its technology roadmap process. Seeking broad industry input and collaboration to strengthen the future capabilities and market scope of the FDT standard is the goal of this ambitious program.
According to Dan DeYoung of Rockwell Automation, the FDT Group has always been very good at collecting and processing input from a variety of end points within the industry. By moving data collection into a cloud-based technology, the last remaining barrier to individuals and organizations wishing to contribute to the development of the technology roadmap is broken.
"Industry pundits have contributory access 24/7 and are able to stay up to date on the technology roadmap by requesting push updates as to the status of their contribution," said DeYoung.
Anyone in the industry is welcome to contribute by visiting http://techsurvey.fdtgroup.org. The tool allows the contributor to describe the proposed new feature or capability for the FDT standard as well as a simple use case. Options are provided to push updates to the contributor if desired. All input is reviewed and prioritized by the FDT Group Technology Marketing committee. Once incorporated into the technology roadmap, the FDT Group Architecture and Specification committee takes over to engineer the capability into the FDT standard and release it to the public.