19th Annual ARC Industry Forum | February 9, 2015 - February 12, 2015 | Automation.com

19th Annual ARC Industry Forum

Event Summary

February 9, 2015 - February 12, 2015
Orlando, FL
February 9, 2015
February 12, 2015
ARC Advisory Group
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Industry in Transition: The Information Driven Enterprise in a Connected World

New information technologies such as Internet of Things, predictive analytics, wireless, additive manufacturing, cloud computing, mobility, and 3D visualization are beginning to disrupt and radically change the way industrial enterprises do business. Departing from the characteristic industry conservatism, leading companies now recognize that they must embrace new information and automation technologies to maintain a competitive edge.

Information Driven ManufacturingThe business environment is increasingly dynamic and volatile. New business models such as “Industry 4.0”, “Industrial Internet”, “Connected Manufacturing”, and “Connected Asset Value Networks” are emerging. In addition to a host of potentially disruptive technologies entering the marketplace, companies also face rapid changes in government regulations, energy and raw materials availability, markets, and competition. By deploying leading edge technologies, today’s companies can thrive.

Information and automation technologies will play a greater role in the production process than in the past. The target is to increase productivity, flexibility, and responsiveness by automating all industrial processes that don’t require human intervention and empowering humans with the timely, in-context information they need to improve performance on the plant or factory floor and manage the business.

Process plants with continuous or hybrid manufacturing processes will leverage connected assets, together with third-party services, to improve uptime and asset performance. Discrete manufacturers will be able to produce customized products quickly, cost-effectively, and in small quantities. Soon, smart, cyber-physical components incorporating embedded systems will be able to actively tell machines what procedures to execute next. Background processes will trigger actions to ensure that individual component parts are re-ordered in time and any potential deviations are addressed and communicated to managers, executives, or customers as appropriate.

Leading industrial enterprises will take advantage of enhanced product connectivity to offer new value-added services to customers, and even change business models from ‘selling and supporting products’ to supplying the value delivered by products as a service to users.

What strategies can industrial enterprises adopt to help position them to take advantage of the latest round of technology changes while prioritizing their investments wisely? Join us at the Nineteenth Annual ARC Industry Forum to learn from your peers how an information-driven strategy can better position you to succeed and determine how you can best approach critical technology decisions.

Who Should Attend

ARC's Industry Forum is a must-attend event for:

CEOs, COOs, and Presidents
CFOs, VPs, and Directors of Finance
CIOs and CTOs
VPs and Directors of IT
VPs, Directors, and Managers of Operations
VPs, Directors, and Managers of Engineering
VPs, Directors, and Managers of New Projects
VPs, Directors, and Managers of Procurement
VPs, Directors, and Managers of Supply Chain and Logistics
Directors, Managers and Architects of Automation and Enterprise Integration
Plant Managers and Supervisors
Production Managers and Supervisors

In past Forums, over 50% of the attendees have titles like Chairman, CXO, President, Vice President, Director, or Partner.

Benefits of Attending

Top ten reasons for attending ARC's Industry Forum:

Learn about new technologies, new practices, and emerging standards
See the latest product releases from leading suppliers
Hear how others are solving some of your most challenging problems
Discuss your issues and ideas with peers, suppliers, and ARC Analysts
Network with colleagues and develop valuable relationships with peer and supplier executives
Expand your knowledge by attending sessions from many exciting programs
Discover new ways to breakdown cultural, organizational, and contractual barriers
Collaborate with peers on shared problems like limited capital, aging workforce, etc.
Impress your boss and colleagues with new fresh ideas to improve performance
Inject your requirements into supplier product roadmaps