Presenting ARC's Sixteenth India Forum
Digitizing and Securing Industry, Infrastructure, and Cities

July 5-6, 2018 - Bangalore, India

It's happening fast.  Everywhere we turn, things and processes are becoming more connected and intelligent.  Streetlights, cars, gas turbines, and thermostats stream data.  Buildings, refineries, oil platforms, mines, and wind turbines are optimizing asset and operating performance.  Parking meters and distributed power grids deliver value to both consumers and operators.  Design software can link to additive machines to print parts directly.  And it's only the beginning.

integrated-it-ot-iotChallenges continue to grow for the industrial cybersecurity community.   Broader deployment of operational technology is expanding the use cases requiring protection.  Resource shortages are undermining the effectiveness of established defenses.  Blurring boundaries between IT, OT, and IoT are increasing the need for more integrated, collaborative cybersecurity strategies. 

How will disruptive technologies change existing products, plants, and cities?  Can cybersecurity threats be overcome?  When will machine learning and artificial intelligence transform operations?  Will open source solutions impact traditional software and automation domains?  How will a digitally-enhanced workforce stem the loss of tribal knowledge?  How do connected products create opportunities in aftermarket services?  What steps can organizations take to foster innovative thinking?

There are countless ways to conduct your digital transformation journey, too many technologies and suppliers to evaluate, and endless choices to make along the way.  Embedded systems, networks, software platforms, augmented reality, and machine learning may play a role as you begin to improve uptime, optimize operating performance, enhance service, and re-think business models.

Join us at ARC’s Sixteenth India Forum for process and discrete industries to learn more about how digitizing factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike.  Discover what your peers are doing today and what steps they are taking in their respective journeys.


Following is the schedule for the Forum. 

Thursday, July 5

8:30 AM Registration 
9:30 AM Welcome Note - Ganapathiraman, VP & GM India, ARC Advisory Group
9:35 AM Inauguration - Lighting the Lamp and Photo Session

Keynote Presentations

9:45 AM "Digital Transformation of Industry"
Sal Spada, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group
10:15 AM “How Digital Is Transforming Industries”
K.S. Viswanathan, Vice President, Industry Initiatives, NASSCOM
10:40 AM
“Digitalization of a Power Plant: An End User Experience”
R. Sarangapani, AGM (PE-C&I), NTPC
11:05 AM “Unlocking the Potential with Digitalization/IIoT”
Sameer Prakash, Head, Digital Enterprise, Digital Factory Division, Siemens Ltd
11:25 AM Tea and Coffee Break

Keynote Presentations, continued

11:55 AM
“Fluid Computing in a Software Defined World”
Ricky Watts, Director of Industrial Solutions, Wind River
12:25 PM
“Digitalizing Brownfield Assets by Combining Reality Modeling with IIoT”
Anne-Marie Walters, Global Marketing Director, Bentley Systems
12:55 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
1:00 PM Lunch

Moving toward Digital Enterprise

2:00 PM “The Future; AI- Realizing Manufacturing that Is a Step Ahead of the Times”
Sunil Mehta, GM, Automotive Business Development Department, Factory Automation & Industrial Division, Mitsubishi Electric India
2:30 PM “Design, Build, and Operate with a Digital Asset”
Navanith Mohan, Head of Technical Sales – India, AVEVA Group Plc
Ramki Sethuraman, Technical Sales Consulting Director – APAC, AVEVA Group Plc
3:00 PM ”Unleash the Power of Wireless to Achieve Operational Excellence in the Chemical Industry”
H.K. Kadam, Chief Manager, HRD, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd.
Poonam Parmar, Manager, Wireless Business Development, Emerson
3:30 PM “Use of Advance Process Control for Flexible Plant Operation”
B.P. Rao, Managing Director, Steag
Dr. Tomasz Kaminski, Project Director, System Technologies, Steag
4:00 PM “Automation Meets IT - The Challenges for Future-proof and Secure Industrial Communication Networks”
Vivek Roy, Head, Industrial Communication & Identification, Process Industries & Drives, Siemens Ltd.
4:20 PM Tea and Coffee Break

Going Digital - The Indian Scenario

4:45 PM “Building Country Capability to Leverage the Potential of Cyber Physical Intelligence”
Anup Wadhwa, Director, AIA
5:10 PM “Urban Infrastructure in the Government Sector and Digital Lifestyle”
Muraleedharan Manningal, Head, State eGovernance Mission Team, Kerala
5:35 PM “India Economic and Industry Outlook”
Rajkumar Paira, Sr. Analyst, ARC Advisory Group
6 - 6:10 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
6:30 PM Cocktail Party and Dinner

Friday, July 6

8:30 AM Registration

Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity

9:30 AM
“Digital Transformation Overview - Challenges of Digital Transformation”
Ganapathiraman, VP & GM India, ARC Advisory Group
9:55 AM “Cybersecurity Enterprise and Beyond”
Prem Anand, Secretary & Life Member, Cyber Society of India

Strategies to Achieve Operational Excellence and End User Experiences

10:20 AM "Achieving Operational Excellence Through Connected Data Environment (CDE)"
Ralph D’souza, Senior Regional Manager, Bentley Systems India Private Limited
10:50 AM Tea and Coffee Break
11:10 AM “Plant Transparency”
Milind Kulkarni, Chief Manager, Business Development, Factory Automation, Siemens Ltd.
11:35 AM “Unleashing the Potential of Industry 4.0”
Ankur Goyal, Head, Strategic Business Development (Industry 4.0), Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited
12:00 PM “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in Process Industries - Challenges and Way Forward”
Vivek Gupta, Asst. Vice President & Head Instrumentation, DCM Shriram Limited
12:25 PM “PCP Rod Failure Prediction through Analytics and ML”
Subhash Chandra Bankey, Sr. Manager, Digital & O&G Ops, Cairn India
Arun, Lead Petroleum Engineer, Cairn India
12:50 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
1:00 PM Lunch

Smart Technologies and Smart Cities

2:00 PM "Smarter Management of Resources Enabled by Technology”
Amitabh Satyam, Chairman, Smart Transformations
2:30 PM “Smart Cities and Big Data”
Jyothi Gupta, Architect & Sr. Manager, Synergy Property Development Services
3:00 PM “Smart Mobility”
Eapen Jacob, Analyst, ARC Advisory Group
3:15 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
3:30 PM Vote of Thanks
Vidya Prasad, Analyst, ARC Advisory Group
3:45 PM Tea and Coffee


Executive Speakers

The following executives are among those presenting at the Forum.

Sal Spada

Sal SpadaResearch Director
ARC Advisory Group

Sal has been with ARC since 1997.  His focus areas include general motion control, material handling, machine safeguarding, computer numerical controllers (CNCs), robotics, and servo drives.  Sal has over 15 years direct experience in motion control system design as a software developer, project manager, and product marketing manager.  In the area of CNCs, his concentration has been in implementing high speed contouring algorithms in vertical milling applications for five axis machine geometries.  Prior to ARC, Sal worked with EG&G Torque Systems, Boston Digital Corporation, and, most recently, Schneider Automation, all in the areas of CNC and general motion control systems.

K.S. Viswanathan

K.S. ViswanathanVice President, Industry Initiatives

K.S. Viswanathan has been at the forefront of NASSCOM’s efforts towards building a strong coalition among members to help India retain its pole position in the IT sector.  He oversees the startup initiatives and his key focus has been on building Centers of Excellence.  He is responsible for implementing the National Skills Registry initiative to make India a secure destination for IT outsourcing activities.  In his career spanning 36 years, he has held leadership positions at Wipro Infotech, Dell, and Azim Premji Foundation. Viswanathan is a graduate from Birla Institute of Technology and Science and holds an MBA from Madras University.

List of Executive Speakers


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