A look at industry innovation and what’s next for CIOs. This year’s Realcomm attendees are three times as much as it was three years ago. Concepts that were out on the edge then, such as convergence on IP networks of building, equipment, machinery, lighting, life safety systems, it’s all coming and are unavoidable. Joel Manfredo welcomes it and thinks it’s about time. For CIOs, he predicts that what’s next for them is that they should understand the building automation area.