Digital Transformation and Open Process Automation Take Center Stage at ARC Industry Forum

By Paul Miller

ARC Report Abstract


ARC Advisory Group’s 22nd Annual Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida this week saw record attendance, with more than 920 attendees from 350 different companies and 25 countries. This year’s Forum featured six different dedicated tracks, 48 sessions, and 180 executive speakers, all with a focus towards digital transformation.

The keynote addresses included well-received presentations by Kenny Warren from ExxonMobil Research & Engineering and Jason Handley from Duke Energy. Mr. Warren provided an update on the Open Process Automation (OPA) initiative, and Mr. Handley discussed his company’s ongoing smart grid initiative to help enable it to become more customer-centric. ARC’s Andy Chatha then provided a thought-provoking perspective on related technology trends, including platforms for digital transformation.

These three keynotes on Tuesday were preceded by a full-day of well-attended workshops on industrial cybersecurity and asset performance management, major press announcements by Forum sponsors, and the inaugural meeting of the end user Digital Transformation Council, which drew more than 70 end users from many different operating companies.

Update on Open Process Automation

Kenny Warren, Vice President of Engineering Open Process Automation Development and Field Trials w digital transformationopad1.JPGat ExxonMobil Research & Engineering, began his keynote address with a quote from Steve Jobs: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” This relates to the company’s efforts to encourage innovation in engineering and provides insight into why ExxonMobil initiated the bold attempt to upend the industrial automation space with the Open Process Automation (OPA) initiative, first announced at the 2017 ARC Industry Forum in Orlando.

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Keywords: ARC Industry Forum, Digital Transformation, Open Process Automation, Smart Grid, ExxonMobil, Duke Energy, Industrial IoT, Analytics, Platforms, ARC Advisory Group.


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