Harry Forbes

Harry Forbes

Research Director, Automation

Harry leads ARC research in topics of industrial networks and electric power.  He also covers the emerging "Open Process Automation" initiative led by ExxonMobil and The Open Group. Harry also contributes to ARC research in DCS and the Industrial Internet of Things. 

Office Location
Boston, MA
Analytics and Machine Learning
Cyber Security for Industry
Digitization, Industrial IoT, I4.0
Industry Best Practices
Networks & Fieldbuses
Operations Management
Process Automation and Safety
Sensors and Actuators
Simulation & Optimization
Technology Evaluation & Selection

Harry is ARC's lead analyst for the Distributed Control System (DCS) market. In addition, ARC leverages Harry's utility expertise in its coverage of Smart Grid, industrial networking, networking and communication standards, and the electric power vertical industry. His research topics include the DCS integration and architecture, Smart Grid, Smart Metering, energy storage, industrial wireless, industrial Ethernet and emerging network technologies.

Harry has 30 years of experience in automation, power generation, energy management, modeling and simulation, advanced control, and optimization. He has written for Control Design, Power magazine, and Hydrocarbon Processing magazine, as well as for many technical and industry conferences. Prior to joining ARC, Harry served in a variety of marketing, sales and engineering posts for Simsci-Esscor, Invensys, and Foxboro. He also worked as a performance and automation engineer in fossil and nuclear power generation at the Detroit Edison Company.