Presenting ARC's Fifteenth India Forum
Industry in Transition: Realizing the Digital Enterprise

July 6-7, 2017 - Bangalore, India

Industrial companies are revisiting their own business processes and technology approaches as competitors and partners start to employ 'digitalized' business processes and exploit the increasing convergence between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) on the plant floor.  Trusted technology vendors are moving from Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concepts to real IIoT products, solutions, and services.  Companies are creating and implementing open source alternatives to traditional technology solutions.  Governments around the world are supporting manufacturing growth initiatives.  Emerging business models allow manufacturers to rethink, or even outsource, asset management.  Intelligent connected products, along with network communications, software, and analytics now enable manufacturers to improve uptime and optimize operating performance.  Other hot topics such as cognitive computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence power much of this transformation.  The Digital Enterprise benefits from smarter products, new service and operating models, new production techniques, and new approaches to design and sourcing.

How will disruptive technologies change existing products and plants?  How will open source solutions impact traditional software and automation domains?  Is digitalization a threat to cybersecurity and, if so, how can the risk be mitigated?  How 'smart' are smart machines, and what benefit will these bring?  How do Big Data and predictive and prescriptive analytics enable operational change?  How do connected products create opportunities in aftermarket services?  What software capabilities are needed to achieve transformational change?  Which industries are already changing?  What steps can organizations take to foster innovative thinking?

Join us at ARC's Fifteenth India Forum to learn more about how the digital enterprise will be realized and the benefits that this can bring.  Discover what your peers are doing today and what steps they are taking in their respective journeys.

Executive Speakers

The following executives presented at the Forum.

Andy Chatha, President, ARC Advisory Group

achatha100.jpgAndy has over 40 years’ experience in enterprise and automation solutions.  He is a recognized authority on business strategies and is a frequent speaker at executive conferences around the world.  Andy founded ARC through which his vision and influence has advanced the art of manufacturing.

Vikas Deshmukh, Vice President, Technology Center of Excellence, Reliance Industries

VDeshmukh100.jpgVikas is Vice President of the Technology Center of Excellence, Hydrocarbon Business, headquartered in Navi Mumbai.  He has over 26 years’ industry experience, covering the gamut from refinery, petrochemicals, IT/automation, and technology consulting.   With his experience and expertise he has held different portfolios, such as Project Manager, Techno functional Consultant, Technical Advisor, Delivery Lead, Automation Engineer, and Operations/Technical Services Engineer.  Vikas is a graduate in Petrochemical Engineering, Pune University and has a postgraduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management from IIT, Delhi.  He is currently working on his MBA.

Himanshu Vyas, Sr. Vice President (Technology), Aditya Birla Group

HVyas100.jpgHimanshu presently heads Technology for Birla Carbon, India Center.  He has 37 years of work experience in fertilizer, petrochemicals, chemicals, co-gen, and fiber manufacturing facilities and R&D.  Himanshu has worked abroad (UK, Mexico, USA, Thailand, and Egypt) for close to 25 years.  His many accomplishments include being the first person in India to install a DCS for a fertilizer plant and he received the Exceptional Contribution Award from Kumar Mangalam Birla in 2005.  Himanshu holds a B.E. from Gujarat University.

M.S. Niranjan, Director of Engineering, Research and Development, NASSCOM

MSNiranjan100.jpgNiranjan is responsible for building and strengthening the design and engineering ecosystem and capabilities in India.  He has over 23 years of general management and leadership experience and was an entrepreneur prior to joining NASSCOM.  His extensive work experience in the IT industry comprises of developing and executing operational strategies with a strong focus on developing customer-centric solutions.  He promotes a collaborative approach by bringing in a cross-section of stakeholders including the industry, government, start-ups, and academia to execute programs at NASSCOM.  Niranjan is a post graduate in Information Technology.

M.K. Srivastava, General Manager, Project Engineering Division NTPC Ltd.

MKSrivastava100.jpgIn addition to his General Manager position, M.K. Srivastava also heads the C&I Department at NTPC. He has 30 years’ experience in power plant C&I engineering and has spearheaded the development of many guidelines, policies, and procedures.  He has contributed in the development of intelligent cable engineering and ICS software for which NTPC has the copyright.  With his guidance, many new initiatives like digitalization and complete water management have been undertaken.  He has authored papers for national and international conferences and is the President-elect of the International Society of Automation (ISA), Delhi Chapter. He holds a B.E in Control & Instrumentation from N.I.T. Surat.

Sunil Mohan Jadekar, Chief Manager – Central Engineering Services, HPCL Mumbai Refinery

SMJadekar100.jpgSunil has over 25 years of experience with HPCL. He joined as an engineer at HPCL’s Instrumentation Department, Mumbai Refinery in 1991.  Since then he has handled various assignments in quality control, maintenance, administration, system design, training, facility commissioning, etc.  He headed the instrumentation team looking after refinery maintenance, played an active role in formulation of the HPCL–Mittal joint venture, and was instrumental in centralizing procurement across HPCL. He holds a BE (Electronics & Communication) and an Executive MBA.

K. Parthasarathy, Director of IT, Antrix Corporation Limited

KParthasarathy100.jpgParthasarathy joined Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC) a lead center of ISRO at Trivandrum in 1982 and was involved in multiple activities, such as design and development of cross system software for onboard computers for launch vehicles, review of design of on-board software, software for quality control automation for mechanical fabrication, etc.  He moved to ISRO headquarters in 2003 and has been involved in IT security policy formulation and ISRO software engineering standards.  Antrix is the commercial wing of ISRO, responsible for implementation of ERP and secured IT infrastructure.  He holds an M.Tech in Computer Science from IIT, Madras. 

P.V. Sivaram, President of Automation Industry Association and Managing Director of B&R Industrial Automation

PVSivaram100.jpgSivaram has worked in automation in various sectors, including power T&D, power plant automation, and communications.  He has considerable experience in distributed systems, SCADA, DCS, and microcontroller applications.  He has worked on software for redundancy systems, and managed large projects both in the public sector and private fields.  He has nearly forty years of work experience and is a key contributor to the National policy for Industrie 4.0.  He is a graduate in Electronics Engineering from IIT-Madras.

Chandrashekar Bharathi, Managing Director and Co-founder, AceMicromatic MIT

CBharathi100.jpgChandrashekar has helped create several industry firsts and cutting-edge software technologies, which have been deployed in Fortune 500/Global 1000 companies worldwide. He is a mentor and advisor to a few startups as well.  The company’s TPM-Trak products help manufacturing companies improve their shop-floor productivity and profits. In the last six years, TPM-Trak products have won six major awards, including Siemens, CMTI-PMT, FIE, Economic Times, PC Quest, NASSCOM PEM.  Chandrashekar holds a B.E. from Bangalore, and an MS from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA.

B Ashok, Scientist-F, Deputy Project Director, ADA

BAshok100.jpgFor the past 30 years, Dr. Ashok has been working on the LCA project, primarily in the areas of materials development, especially research in smart material applications.  He has spearheaded the successful establishment of India's first and only one of three Shape memory Alloy plants in the world.  He has won four national level awards, and is the first metallurgist in DRDO to receive the Pathbreaking Research/Technology development award in 2011.  His qualifications include: B.E. Metallurgy (IISc), ME Mechanical (IISc), PhD (Delhi), LLb (Bangalore University), MBA (Delhi), DIM, DPM, ADIM.

Vivek Gupta, General Manager & Head-Instrument, DCM Shriram

VGupta100.jpgAfter completing his graduation in Electrical Engineering from MREC, Jaipur (now MNIT), Vivek worked at Instrumentation Limited, Kota from 1988-2006.  He has been with DCM Shriram since December 2006 as Head-Instrumentation for all eight plants at the Kota complex - Power, Fertilizer, Cement, Chlor Alkali, Calcium Carbide, PVC, Fenesta Building Systems, and Shriram Axiall.  He was honored with the Distinguished Instrumentation Professional Award-2016, India by ISA (International Society of Automation) in 2016 at the Automation India Week at Mumbai.

Chethan K, Group Director, Quality and Excellence Champion, Kalyani Group of Companies

ChethanK100.jpgChethan has held this post for the last 10 years, primarily driving world class quality and excellence initiatives across all Kalyani group companies, bringing a high degree of customer centricity in the organization.  He has 30 years of experience in various areas such as R&D, engineering, quality assurance, manufacturing operations, operational excellence, and Six Sigma in steel, automotive, and general engineering industries.
He has a B.Tech from NIT Surathkal and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from I.I.Sc, Bangalore.

Sanoj James, Head of Engineering, juwi Southeast Asia

SanojJames100.jpgjuwi SEA is a fully owned subsidiary of juwi renewable energies.  It is headquartered in Singapore and the geographically distributed team manages engineering activities in the SEA region.  Sanoj has worked primarily in development of automation systems and solutions using PLCs and SCADA for the manufacturing industries, including watch manufacturing, auto component manufacturing, and solar PV manufacturing.  He was associated with development of the thin film PV manufacturing systems and thereafter in several solar PV installations, design, and maintenance in India and APAC.  Sanoj holds a B.E. (Electrical Engineering) from RVCE, Bangalore. 

Madhusudan Kestur, Director, Ace Micromatic

MKestur100.jpgAce Micromatic is India's leader in real-time manufacturing intelligence products - TPM-Trak.  AceMicromatic MIT is part of the AceMicromatic Group, India’s largest manufacturer of high tech CNC machines and automation products.  With his rich global experience at large MNCs, Madhusudan brings a global perspective to innovation and product engineering.  He holds a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, and an M.Tech in Computer Engineering from REC Suratkal.

Praful Kushwaha, Manager of IT Services, Bharat Forge

PKushwaha100.jpgPraful has 11 years of experience in industrial and systems engineering, manufacturing engineering, project management in automotive MNCs and the auto component industry.  He holds a B.E. in Production Engineering, and M.Tech from IIT Kharagpur.


Following is the schedule for the Forum.  

Thursday, July 6

8:30 AM Registration 
9:30 AM Welcome Note - ARC Advisory Group
9:35 AM Inauguration - Lighting the Lamp and Photo Session

Keynote Presentations

9:45 AM "Industry in Transition: Realizing the Digital Enterprise"
Andy Chatha, President, ARC Advisory Group
10:15 AM "Industry in Transition: Realizing the Digital Enterprise for Petroleum Downstream"
Vikas Deshmukh, Vice President, Technology Centre of Excellence, Reliance Industries Ltd.
10:40 AM
"Driving the Digital Enterprise"
Sameer Prakash, Head Digital Enterprise, Siemens Ltd.
11:05 AM Tea and Coffee Break

Keynote Presentations, continued

11:30 AM
"Harnessing the Power of Industrial IoT to Achieve Operational Certainty: The Path to Top Quartile Performance”
Peter Zornio, Chief Technology Officer, Emerson Automation Solutions
12:00 PM
"Modernize Your Manufacturing"
Ashish Kawale, Senior Business Consultant, South Asia, Infor
12:30 PM "Going Digital:  Industrializing BIM to Speed Project Delivery and Leveraging the Digital DNA to Improve Asset Performance"
Anne-Marie Walters, Global Marketing Director, Bentley Systems
1:00 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
1:10 PM Lunch

Moving towards the Digital Enterprise

2:00 PM "Industry in Transition: Realizing the Digital Enterprise - NASSCOM Perspective for GSPs"
M.S. Niranjan, Director, Engineering and R&D Council, NASSCOM
2:25 PM "Plant-wide Predictive Production Analytics on an Open Platform Informed by Condition Monitoring at the Machine Level - Reducing Plant Stops Related to Machine Failure"
Anil Bhise, Sr. Manager Product Marketing, Mitsubishi Electric
Vineet Nayyar, Cluster Leader for Industrial Sector for North & East India, IBM
2:55 PM "Smart Innovation for the Digital Enterprise"
Srinath Narayan, Director, Strategy & Business Development, Siemens Industry Software
3:15 PM "Industrie 4.0 - Way Forward in India"
P.V. Sivaram, President of AIA and Managing Director of B&R Automation
3:35 PM Tea and Coffee Break

Automation Trends and Cybersecurity

4:00 PM "Toward Information Convergence - Merit Order Rating, Maintenance Management, and Management Dashboard"
Shaunak, Deputy General Manager, and Rajbans Talwar, Consultant in Optimization, Steag
4:30 PM "A Structured and Practical Approach to Industrial Cybersecurity"
Justin Nga, Commercial Engineering Director, Industrial Cybersecurity Lead, Belden
5:00 PM "Realizing the Digital Enterprise at ABG"
Himanshu Vyas, Senior Vice President of Technology, Aditya Birla Group
5:30 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
5:45 PM "Summing Up of Day’s Proceedings"
Ganapathiraman, VP & GM India, ARC Advisory Group
6:30 PM Cocktail Party and Dinner

Friday, July 7

8:30 AM Registration

Evolving Technology Trends

9:30 AM
"Evolving Technology Trends Impacting Manufacturing Industry"
Ganapathiraman, VP & GM India, ARC Advisory Group
9:55 AM "Industry in Transition: Realizing the Digital Enterprise - Aerospace Industry"
B Ashok, Deputy Project Director, ADA
10:20 AM "Unleash the Power of Wireless to Achieve Operational Excellence in Refinery"
Khushbu Chaplot Chaudhary, Leader, Plantweb Solutions, Emerson Automation Solutions
Sunil Mohan Jadekar, Chief Manager – CES, HPCL Mumbai Refinery
10:45 AM "The Digital Enterprise in the Power Sector"
M.K. Srivastava, GM (PE-C&I), NTPC
11:05 AM Tea and Coffee Break

Digital Trends - User Experiences

11:30 AM "IoT in the Aerospace Sector"
Parthasarathy, Director of IT, Antrix
12:00 PM "Advance Controller Requirements for Digitization"
Sheetal Paralikar, Chief Manager (Business Development, Factory Automation), Siemens Ltd.
12:25 PM "Digitally Enabled Lean through Industry 4.0 – Case Study"
Chethan K., Group Quality Director & Manufacturing Excellence Champion, and Praful Kushwaha, Manager, IT Services, Bharat Forge
12:50 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
1:00 PM Lunch

Digital Trends - User Experiences, continued

2:00 PM "Industry in Transition: Realizing the Digital Enterprise - Machinery Industry"
Chandrashekar Bharathi, MD and Madhusudan N. Kestur, Director, Ace Micromatic
2:25 PM "Industry in Transition: Remote Monitoring of Solar Farms – Juwi Experience"
Sanoj James, Head of Engineering, Juwi Southeast Asia
2:50 PM "Automation Challenge:  Alarm Management"
Vivek Gupta, General Manager & Head Instrument, DCM Shriram Ltd.
3:15 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
3:30 PM Vote of Thanks by Rajkumar, Analyst, ARC Advisory Group
3:45 PM Tea and Coffee



The Forum is held at the Le Meridien Bangalore.

Le Meridien Bangalore
28 Sankey Road
PB No 174
Bangalore, Karnataka 560 052
Tel: + 91 80 2226 2233

Attendees should make their own hotel reservations by contacting [email protected].

Previous Attendees

The following companies were among those who attended recent India Forums:

Abhijeet Industries
Acalmar Oils & Fats
Accenture India
Ace Designers
Ace Micromatic
Adani Group
Aditya Birla
Air Liquide Engineering
Aker Kvaerner Powergas
Altiux Innovations Pvt Ltd
Andhra Pradesh Power
AP Gas Power
Apogee Process Control
Aquatherm Engineering
Ascent Intellimation
Aspentech India
Associated Capsules
Aurobindo Pharma
Automation Industry Assoc.
Avadooth Automation
Axcend Automation
B&R Automation
Bajaj Hindustan
Ballarpur Industries
Barry Wehmiller
Bayer CropScience
Bayer Material Science
Beijing Hollysys
Bentley Systems
Bharat Aluminium
Bharat Bijlee
Bharat Forge
Bharat Fritz Werner Ltd
Bharat Petroleum Corp
Bhilai Steel Plant
Bhushan Strips and Steels
Binani Industries
Bizworth India
Bongaigaon Refinery
Cache Technologies
Cadbury India
Cadila Health Care
Candem Technologies
CD Controls
Cement Manufacturers' Ass
Chemical Industry Digest
Center for Cellular & Molecular Biology
Central Electricity Authority
Central Power Research Inst.
Chennai Petroleum
Chettinad Cement Corp.
Chitale Dairy
Cisco India
Continental Energy Services
Control Infotech
Cotmach Electronics
Creative Power Engineers
Dasthur & Co
DCM Shriram Ltd
Deepak Fertilisers
Deepak Nitrite
Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory
DFM Systems
Director General of Hydrocarbons
Doosan HF Controls
Dow Corning
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
DuPont Engineering
ECIL Electronics Corp.
EID Parry India
El Forge
Electrical and Electronics
Endress and Hauser
Engineers India
Enzen Global Solutions
Essar Chemical
Essar Constructions

Essar Oil Ltd
Excel Consultancy
FDT Group
GE Energy
Genting Lanco Power
German Technical Cooperation GTZ
Gland Pharma
Godrej & Boyce
Grasim Nagda
Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals
Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals
Haldia Petro Chemicals
Happiest Minds
Hanuman Automation
Heidelberg Cements
Hi Rel
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
Hindustan Lever
Honeywell Process Solutions
Hindustan Petroleum
HMT Machine Tools
ICB Technimont
Indian Cane Power
Industry 2.0
Indian Oil Corp Mathura
Indian Oil Corp Panipat
Indian Oil Corp Barauni
Indian Oil Corp Baroda
Ispat Industries
ITC Bhadrachalam
Jasubhai Digital Media
Jindal Stainless
Jindal Steel and Power
Jost's Engineering
Jubilant Organosys
Kartapur Cold Storage
Kemotheraptik Drugs
Keshav Power
KM Sugar Mills
Karnataka Power Corporation
Kochin Refineries
Kribhco, Surat
Krishak Bharati Cooperative
L & T
L & T - Heavy Engineering
L & T - S&L
L & T - Valdel
L & T Infotech
L & T Technology Services
LANCO Infratech
M K Raju Consultants
M.N. Dastur & Company
Mahagenco - Chandrapur
Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals
Masibus Automation & Instrumentation
Mecgale Pneumatics
Metso Automation
Mishra Dhatu Nigam
Mitsubishi Electric
My Home Cement
Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals
Natco Pharma
National Aluminium Company
National Informatics Center
National Thermal Power Corp
Nava Bharat Ventures
Ncon Turbo Tech
Nestle India
Noida Power
Nuclear Fuel Complex
Nutech Engineers
Oil India

Orient Cement
Paradeep Phosphates
Pidilite Industries
Piramal Enterprises
Ponni Sugars
Praj Industries
Praxair India Ltd
Pro-face India
Qualitas technologies
Raptron Semiconductors
Reliance Energy
Reliance Gas Transportation
Reliance Industries
Reliance Info Solution
Rockwell Automation
Rolta India Limited
Rourkela Steel Plant
Saipem India Project Svcs
Salem Steel
Sangfroid Pharma
Sanghi Sez
SAP Labs India
Sarla Technologies
Satyam Computer Services
Schenectady Herdillia
Schneider Electric
Servilink Systems
Seshasayee Paper & Boards
Shakkthi Precision
Shri Chamundeswari Sugars
Shriram Fertilisers & Chemical
Sierra Controls and Instrumentation
Siemens Information Systems
SM Labs
SMS Pharma
SPB Consultants
Sree Rayalaseema Alkalies and Allied Chemicals
Steag Energy Services India
Steel Authority of India
Strides Arcolab
Sun Innovation Systems
Sunlux Technologies
Sunvik Steels
Tata Consultancy Services
Tata Consulting Engineers
Tata Elxsi
Tata Motors
Tata Power
Tata Projects
Tata Steel
Tata Technologies
TB Woods
TE Connectivity
Tech Mahindra
TechNova Imaging Systems
Torrent Power AEC
Ugar Sugars
UGS India
United Phosphorous
US Pharmacopia
Usha Martin
Uthunga Technologies
Valdel Corporation
Varroc Engineering
Vasavdatta Cement
Vir Rubber Products
Vishay Components
Vizag Steel Plant
Yantra Automation