2018 ARC Industry Forum to focus on benefits and challenges of digital transformation

2018 ARC Industry Forum to focus on benefits and challenges of digital transformation

December 15, 2017 – The 22nd annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 12-15, 2018, will focus on the new digitally-enabled technologies, approaches, and business processes that are disrupting the way industry, infrastructure, and municipalities around the world operate and serve their respective customers.  This digital transformation impacts every aspect of business, industry, and infrastructure.  

“We’re seeing signs of positive disruption via digital transformation everywhere we look,” said Andy Chatha, president and founder of ARC Advisory Group.  “Today’s smart, connected, information-driven industrial enterprises are making better use of their assets and data to improve business and regulatory performance.  We’re seeing a similar transformation across infrastructure and within municipalities.”

But Chatha also points out that challenges remain.  “Without robust cybersecurity, connected enterprises are more vulnerable to hackers and other cyber-criminals.  Also, today’s shortage of the skilled knowledge workers needed for successful digital transformation will become an increasing constraint.”  To help meet these and other challenges, ARC has helped organize an end user-driven Digital Transformation Council, which will convene for the first time at this year’s Forum. 

Experts from industry, infrastructure, government, and academia will convene in Orlando in February to further explore these and related topics.  Keynote speakers will include Kenny Warren, Vice President of Engineering at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering, who will speak on the business goals of the company’s Open Process Automation initiative; and Jason Handley, Director of Smart Grid Emerging Technology and Operations at Duke Energy, who will speak on new technologies that are impacting the emerging Smart Grid.  Mr. Warren and Mr. Handley will be joined by many other senior executive presenters at the ARC Forum.  Forum topical tracks include:

  • Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning
  • Asset Performance Management
  • Automation Innovations (including Open Process Automation)
  • Connected Smart Machines
  • Cybersecurity and Safety
  • Industrial Internet Platforms
  • IoT Network Edge Infrastructure and End Devices
  • Convergence of Information, Operational, and Engineering Technologies  

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