Monday, May 7, 2018

Exit for Automation Insider - well not quite!

Industrial Automation Insider publishes final issue!

The editorial in the latest issue on Industrial Automation Insider is (we think) somewhat sad. Walt Boyes writes


"Well, this is it.

This is the last issue of the INSIDER. When David Spitzer and I bought the INSIDER in 2014 we hoped to find a market for news and analysis in the automation industries that was not influenced by advertising spend. We believed there was such a market, and we decided we would keep the INSIDER a subscription only publication. We are proud to have provided you news untainted by advertising dollars.

We believe that we have produced great news, some interesting scoops (that’s hard to do in a monthly magazine) and some hard-hitting deep analysis. We have gotten feedback to the effect that we are unique, and we are doing a service to the industry that is needed. But everything comes to an end. 

We want to thank our readers and subscribers for supporting us these last years."

So much water has flowed under so many bridges since Andrew Bond first put pen to paper and produced the first beige coloured edition way back in pre pdf day. He then passed the torch on to Nick Denbow who continued the good work. Some years ago it crossed the Atlantic when Walt Boyes of Boyes & Spitzer took up the mantle. It perhaps lost a little of its European flavour in the transition but it never ceased to be interesting and sometimes controversial.

Like so many print and distributed periodicals the easily availability of news "as it happens" (not to mention the news that hasn't happened) the number of people who actually read these in their oh-so-busy mailboxes must shrink. Insider,and indeed our own publication Read-out, have suffered.   The Read-out name is preserved as a constantly changing news presence on continually updated website.

Walt thanks his co-writers David Spitzer, Joy Ward, Rajabahadur Arcot, Nick Denbow and all of the other people who supported the INSIDER over the past few years. He also promises that they will continue continue to appear, from time to time, "in our blog on the Spitzer & Boyes website."

David W Spitzer's own e-zine - which provides technical and indeed marketing, information for automation professional bay email each month - will continue to be produced. (Get your copy each month by signing up on the website.)

We wish those involved in the monthly production of Insider every success as they continue to provide news and analysis in the automation industries but in a different way. We thank Walt and his team for great - and perhaps irreplaceable - service through the years.

#PAuto @waltboyes @DavidWSpitzer @Processingtalk 

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