🎧 #019: Tyson Soutter on how to sell smart building technology

  
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“A lot of this building tech industry, they always come in and say, ‘We want to be a SaaS.’ And if you're going to be a SaaS, great. You have to continue to add value, and that value doesn't disappear ever. It has to continue, and it has to be able to sustain multiple patterns and multiple years.

So it's not that easy. You have to be very careful on what you sell, because you can be successful for one year. And we've all seen those companies that come in make a really big noise for one year, and then disappear, because they don't have a sustained value selling proposition. And that is very critical to be able to sell the technology in our industry.”

—Tyson Soutter

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Episode 19 is a conversation with Tyson Soutter, Global Business Development Manager Digitalization at Siemens HQ in Switzerland. 

Summary

  • This is great primer, maybe even a master class on selling smart building solutions, whether you’re selling internally or externally. 

  • We talk about selling semantic modeling, analytics, advanced controls, digital twins, indoor air quality, and even carbon reduction. 

  • No buzzword was left out.

  • And much, much more.

Mentions and Links

  1. Siemens (1:08)

  2. Haystack Connect (2:21)

  3. Tridium (2:55)

  4. BUENO Systems, Leon Wurfel (3:16)

  5. Willow (4:50)

  6. Comfy, J2 Innovations, Enlighted (10:09)

  7. Digital Services (13:12)

  8. Memoori Webinar - Where Things Go Wrong with Smart Buildings - Mike Brooman, Vanti (29:21)

  9. BrainBox AI (51:51)

  10. WELL, RESET (1:13:07)

  11. NABERS (1:22:22)

  12. RE100 (1:23:53)

You can find Tyson Soutter on LinkedIn.

Enjoy!

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Here’s this week’s deep dive outline:

  • My reaction, including highlights:

    • Tyson succinctly explains his where Comfy, Enlighted, and J2 Innovations fit into Siemens’s offerings

    • Tyson answers James’ favorite question 

    • Keys to selling smart building tech and how to align yourself with your clients long term goals 

    • How solutions need to work in silos but also have the ability to scale up when the silo walls come down and how to sell to owners that don’t have a vision or a strategy 

    • How the first step in selling is conceptual and strategic, not focused on any one solution 

    • How Tyson sells the concept of semantic modeling in a simple way 

    • Tyson’s take on advanced supervisory control and where it plays 

    • The value of digital twins in design and construction, bridging the gap to operations, and during the O&M phase 

    • The technology acceleration Tyson is seeing due to COVID-19 

    • How IAQ sensors are going to change the way building rating systems work and potentially office leases 

    • Why you see so many smart building startups coming from Australia

  • Full transcript

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