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Gordon Coulter, CEO at Exmos

Old Phones and New Revolutions

I must admit I’ve not been the biggest public speaker in the past, but I am growing increasingly fond of the experience, and the Scottish Business Network in London is a brilliant example of why.

I was invited to speak at SBN a fair while ago by Russell Dalgleish and Christine Esson, and following on from a series of calendar clashes and poorly timed business meetings, last week I was finally able to take them up on their offer.

I made a point at the start of my presentation to remind ourselves just how far Scottish Business Network has come in its relatively short lifespan, recalling the first ambitious event in London just over a year ago. 18 of us gathered that day, eager to see what Russell and Christine had put together and whether we could all gain some valuable insight into the exciting world of business in London. I’m extremely pleased to say they’ve pulled it off with exceptional fashion, with over 40 Scottish business leaders attending last week’s event. The network has truly become an invaluable place to meet Scots in the capital, connecting London and Scotland in a way no one else has ever done before.

PowerPoint is something that I feel a lot of us get pinned down by when presenting, so following on from advice handed to me by Bob Keiller, I decided to embrace no PowerPoint. Instead, I presented with a sole prop my first ever “mobile” telephone from the 80’s. It’s easy to giggle at the technology we used to use 20 years ago, but it’s always fascinating to see just how far we’ve come in such a short time, and I feel it’s a testament to what we can all achieve in the future. 

Photo cred: Andrew Dobbie of MadeBrave.

Of course, I got up and spoke about what Exmos do. I spoke about who we are, what we do, where we’ve been; but it’s the where we’re going that gets me really excited. The world is going through its fourth industrial revolution, and much like the three that have come before it, it’s going to transform how manufacturing operates everywhere. Industry 4.0, as it’s also known, is on a path to create “smart factories” worldwide that will use thousands of unique devices to monitor and control machinery via Industrial Internet of Things (or IIoT) technology. To give you an idea of the revolution, GE predicts investment in IIoT will top $60 trillion during the next 15 years, and they’re all going to need a system to monitor and protect them. It’s big, it’s exciting, and Exmos & our software SentiLAN™ is right there with it.


Scottish Business Network has evolved into an incredible group like-minded business people and has produced far more interesting conversations and introductions than I could possibly count. I’d like to thank Russell and Christine for facilitating these fabulous events, and also congratulate my co-presenters Sara Roberts of Healthy Nibbles and Joy Lewis of AII on their fantastic presentations. I’m already looking forward to the next event.

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