Presenting ARC's Industry Forum in the Middle East
Industry in Transition: Realizing the Digital Enterprise

November 22, 2017 - Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

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 the 1st ARC Industry Forum in the Middle East 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.  

Who Should Attend

ARC's Industry Forum is a must-attend event for:

  • CEOs, COOs, and Presidents
  • CFOs, VPs, and Directors of Finance
  • CIOs and CTOs
  • VPs and Directors of IT
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Operations
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Engineering
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of New Projects
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Procurement
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Directors, Managers and Architects of Automation and Enterprise Integration
  • Plant Managers and Supervisors
  • Production Managers and Supervisors

In past ARC Forums, over 50% of the attendees have titles like Chairman, CXO, President, Vice President, Director, or Partner.


Following is the preliminary schedule for the Forum.

8:30 - 9 AM - Keynote Plenary Session
Industry in Transition:  Realizing the Digital Enterprise
Andy Chatha, President, ARC Advisory Group 
Industry in Transition:  Realizing the Digital Enterprise
Abdul Nasser Mughairbi, Sr. Vice President Technical, GASCO 
9 - 10:30 AM - IT/OT Convergence Debate

Integration Between IT and OT

Panelists Include:
Speaker from Sadara Chemical (Dow Chemical)
Sia Horng, Petroleum Development of Oman
Peter Reynolds, Contributing Analyst, ARC Advisory Group

Separation Between IT and OT

Panelists Include:
Abdulla Ayoub, Automation Section Head, GASCO
Speaker from Petronas
Paul Steinitz, Director Strategic Services, ARC Advisory Group

10:30 - 11 AM - Break
11 AM - 1 PM - Digital Transformation Part 1
PDO’s Journey of Real Time Operation
Jaifar Al-Hinai, Petroleum Development of Oman
Benefits of Adapting Digitization and Analytics within Industry 4.0 Framework
Khalid Al-Anzi, EQUATE Petrochemical
Building Digital Strategy Roadmap towards a Smart Refinery
Ebrahim Ali, Bahrain Petroleum Company
Presentations from Automation Suppliers
1 - 2 PM - Lunch
2 - 4 PM - Digital Transformation Part 2
Digital Transformation
Henning Viljoen, Oryx GTL
Speaker from ADNOC
Speaker from GOC End User Company
Presentations from Automation Suppliers

Speaking Opportunities

For information on nominating a speaker for the forum, please visit our Speaking Opportunities page or contact us.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on opportunities for sponsoring the forum, please contact your client manager or contact us.