CEP: March 2016 Big data is a big topic with a lot of potential. The articles in this month's special section explore the topic of big data analytics and its potential for the CPI. Other topics in this issue include PID features and options and optimizing fermenter operation. Editorial I See Your Point I hear what you’re saying. I catch your drift. How do you express understanding? Most of us have a preferred communication and learning style — visual, auditory, kinesthetic. Some literature includes a fourth style, reading/writing. To deliver a message more effectively, we often use multiple modes of communication — for instance, illustrating an oral presentation with PowerPoint slides. Read more Share PID Explained for Process Engineers: Part 3 – Features and Options March2016Back To BasicsCecil SmithUnderstand the common features and options that are often incorporated into digital implementations of the PID block. Optimize Aerobic Fermenter Operation March2016Reactions and SeparationsGregory BenzFermenter optimization involves determining a profile of agitator and compressor speeds that satisfy the required oxygen transfer rates. Optimization minimizes power consumption, which will save you money. Big Data Analytics: Meet the Authors March2016Special SectionRichard D. Braatz / Leo H. Chiang / Lloyd F. Colegrove / Salvador GarcÍa Muñoz / Chaitanya Khare / John F. MacGregor / Marco S. Reis / Mary Beth Seasholtz / David White Big Data: The Four Vs March2016Special SectionBig data is a big topic with a lot of potential. Before realizing this potential, however, we need to get on the same page about what big data is, how it can be analyzed, and what we can do with it. Big Data: What Is It? March2016Special SectionDavid WhiteBig data can pave the way to greater business and operational insight. New approaches and technologies are poised to help you navigate your journey. Big Data: Success Stories in the Process Industries March2016Special SectionSalvador García-Muñoz, John F. MacGregorBig data holds much potential for optimizing and improving processes. See how it has already been used in a range of industries, from pharmaceuticals to pulp and paper. Big Data: Getting Started on the Journey March2016Special SectionLloyd F. Colegrove, Mary Beth Seasholtz, Chaitanya KhareThis article discusses some experiences and challenges in establishing an enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) platform at a major chemical manufacturing company, and recommends steps you can take to convince your management to harness big data. Big Data: Challenges and Future Research Directions March2016Special SectionMarco S. Reis, Richard D. Braatz, Leo H. ChiangThe big data movement is creating opportunities for the chemical process industries to improve their operations. Challenges, however, lie ahead. Big Data Analytics (Full 24-Page Supplement) March2016Special SectionThe Four Vs; What Is It; Success Stories in the Process Industries; Getting Started on the Journey; Challenges and Future Research Directions Copyright Permissions: Would you like to reuse content from CEP Magazine? It’s easy to request permission to reuse content. Simply click here to connect instantly to licensing services, where you can choose from a list of options regarding how you would like to reuse the desired content and complete the transaction.