ARC's Eighteenth India Forum Goes Virtual
Driving Digital Transformation in Industry and Cities

September 8-9, 2020 - Online

The current situation with the coronavirus has led us to re-invent our Forum in India  and offer it to you this year as a Virtual Forum.  There is a feeling of solidarity in the industry right now that if we are creative and flexible, we can beat this disruption and minimize its impact on our lives and our business!

Disruptive new technologies and methodologies have already gained a foothold in most organizations.  Cloud, Machine Learning, Edge Computing, IoT, Cybersecurity Best Practices, Additive Manufacturing, Augmented Reality, DevOps, and more are enabling new business processes and obscuring traditional functional boundaries.  OT, IT, and ET teams are growing their skills and capabilities and transforming real-time operations.  Executives charged with driving transformation are seizing this moment to innovate and deliver real value.  By using data, digital technologies, and machine learning, organizations can ask questions about their interactions with customers, then map those learnings back to how assets are deployed and managed in operations.   They can optimize their business, respond quickly to customer needs and market trends, and improve profitability and shareholder value.

Digital TransformationEverything is 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. 

How will disruptive technologies change existing products, plants, and cities?  Can cybersecurity threats be overcome?  How will machine learning, artificial intelligence, and open source solutions transform operations?  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, 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 Eighteenth India Forum to learn more about how digitalizing factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike.  Discover what your peers and industry leaders are doing today and what steps they are taking in their respective journeys. 


Following is the schedule for the Forum.  

Tuesday September 8

9:50 AM Welcome Note, Introduction of Sponsors and Agenda
G. Ganapathiraman, GM & VP, ARC Advisory Group

Keynote Presentations

10:00 AM "Open Architecture in ICS – Open Process Automation Forum’s Story"
Divyang Shah, Group Lead, Instrument Reliability in Center of Excellence, Instrument Department, Reliance Industries Limited
10:30 AM "Improving Resilience of Industrial, Infrastructure, and City Assets"
Anne Marie Walters, Global Marketing Director, Bentley Systems
11:00 AM
“Building a Self-reliant Digital Enterprise”
Bireswar Roy, Head Industry Services, Digital Industries, Siemens

Keynote Presentations, continued

11:30 AM
“Digital Twin Applications in Hydrocarbon Processing Industry”
Vikas Deshmukh, Vice President, Technology Center of Excellence, Reliance Industries Limited
12:00 PM
“Digital Transformation Overview”
G. Ganapathiraman, VP & GM, ARC Advisory Group
12:30 PM “How the Corona Virus Impacts Everything"
Florian Güldner, Director of Research, ARC Advisory Group
1:00 PM Lunch Break

Future Architectures, Digital Transformation Initiatives  

2:00 PM "Future Automation Architectures (Cloud, Edge, Virtualization, MTP)"
David Humphrey, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group
2:30 PM "The 'Human' Element of Digital Implementation; Lessons Learned from Implementing Digital Solutions in Power Stations"
Pete Saddington, Business Development Enerlytics, Uniper
3:00 PM "Overcoming Barriers to Digital Transformation"
Dharmender Singhal, Head of Technology Digitalization Department, GSU Technology, Haldor Topsoe India

Going Digital – The Indian Scenario

3:30 PM "IIoT and Industry 4.0 – India Context"
Madhusudan Kestur, Director, Ace Micromatic MIT
4:00 PM "India Economic Scenario"
Rajkumar Paira, Senior Analyst, ARC Advisory Group
4:30 PM Close for the Day

Wednesday, September 9

Digital Strategies to Achieve Operational Excellence and Cybersecurity 

9:50 AM Introduction of Agenda for Day 2
G. Ganapathiraman, GM & VP, ARC Advisory Group
10:00 AM
"State of Enterprise AI Adoption in India"
Achyuta Ghosh, Head of Research, NASSCOM
10:30 AM "Industrial Control System (ICS) Cyber Attack – Kill Chain Based Analysis"
Palaniappan Kannan, Consultant, Petroleum Development Oman
11:00 AM "Operational Excellence for Discrete Industry"
Amit Shrivastava, Director, Business Development - Digital Twin Solutions, Bentley Systems

Industrial Applications for Block Chain and Process Safety

11:30 PM "Safety in Process Industries-Current Scenario Due to Covid-19 and Digital Transformation Initiatives"
Vivek Gupta, Assistant Vice President & Head Instrumentation, DCM Shriram Limited
12:00 PM "Industrial Applications for Blockchain"
Ralph Rio, Vice President, Enterprise Software, ARC Advisory Group
12:30 PM Lunch Break

Enterprise Strategies for Growth and End User Experiences

2:00 PM "Continue Safe Operation as Competence Declines Against a Changing Operation"
Pete Davies, Sr. Vice President of Digital Engineering Solutions, Uniper
2:30 PM "SARTHI (Solution for Asset Reliability Tracking & Health Indexing): In House Developed Digital Asset Management at Khargone"
R. Sarangapani, General Manager Maintenance, Khargone Super Thermal Power Project, NTPC
A. K. Goswami, Executive Director, NKSTPP, NTPC
3:00 PM "Digitalisation in Tata Steel"
Gaurav Saran, Sr. Manager, IT, Raw Material and Iron Making Technology Group, Tata Steel
3:30 PM "Digital Transformation in Process Industries - Unique Challenges and Proposed Approach"
Himanshu Joshi, Head Industry 4.0 Practice, Tata Consulting Engineers
4:00 PM "Smart City Planning Using the IEEE Smart City Planning and Technology Guide"
Jim Frazer, Vice President, Infrastructure and Smart Cities, ARC Advisory Group
4:30 PM Vote of Thanks and Close the Event

Executive Speakers

The following executives are among those speaking at the Forum.

Vivek Gupta

Vivek GuptaAssistant Vice President & Head of Instrumentation
DCM Shriram Limited

Vivek has over thirty-two years of experience in the field of Control & Instrumentation (C&I). From 1988-2006 he worked with Instrumentation Limited. Since 2006 he has been with DCM Shriram Limited at Kota, Rajasthan, and is now the Assistant Vice President & Head of Instrumentation and Team Lead for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He has attended national and international conferences and authored many articles. In 2016 he was awarded Distinguished Instrumentation Professional under District 14 of ISA. Vivek is currently a member of the Steering Committee of ARC’s Digital Transformation Council.

Vikas Deshmukh

Vikas DeshmukhVice President, Technology Center of Excellence
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) 

Vikas has 26 years of experience in the hydrocarbon industry in various functions such as operations, technical services, process automation, and control.  At RIL Vikas is involved in various new initiatives like immersive training simulators, data reconciliation, digital twin; and is also responsible for technology strategy, business process governance, managing various technology engagements, competency assurance, and sustainability initiatives.  Vikas holds a degree in Petrochemical Engineering and an MBA and a PG diploma in Supply Chain Management.

List of Executive Speakers

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
Karnataka Power Corporation
Kartapur Cold Storage
Kemotheraptik Drugs
Keshav Power
KM Sugar Mills
Knowledge Lens
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
Wind River
Yantra Automation