2019 ARC Industry Forum to Focus on Digital Transformation for Industry and Smart Cities

Building on the interest generated at the 2018 event, the upcoming 23rd annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 4-7, 2019, will dive even deeper into approaches and strategies for digital transformation for industry and cities.  Forum participants will have an opportunity to learn about how other companies and ARC Industry Forum Orlando 2018 Executive Panel Sessionmunicipalities are leveraging data, analytics, machine learning, cloud computing, and other advanced digital technologies to transform their operations securely and effectively. As in the past, this year’s Forum will offer interactive workshops, high-level technology presentations, end user case study presentations, and numerous opportunities for sharing ideas and networking. 

Digital Transformation Changes Everything

“Digital transformation is clearly moving beyond the hype stage, with many companies and municipalities seeing tangible improvements to their operations, service levels, and economics by making better use of data, people, and technology,” commented Andy Chatha, CEO of ARC Advisory Group.  “At the same time, technology suppliers from both the operational technology and information technology worlds are working together to roll out new and even better products, software, and services.”    

But despite the progress made to date in digital transformation and IT/OT convergence, Chatha also stresses that challenges remain.  “Without robust cybersecurity, connected enterprises are more vulnerable to hackers and other cyber-criminals.  Also, today’s shortage of skilled knowledge workers continues to be a major constraint for digital transformation.”  To help meet these and other challenges, ARC has helped organize an end user-driven Digital Transformation Council, which will meet again at this year’s Forum.

Learn from Industry Leaders at ARC Industry Forum

Patrick Bass and Larry MeganExperts from industry, infrastructure, government, and academia will convene once again in Orlando, Florida next February to further explore these and related topics.  Keynote speakers will include Patrick Bass, CEO at thyssenkrupp North America, who will speak on digital transformation; and Larry Megan, Director of the Praxair Digital Team, who will discuss that company’s approach to digital innovation.   Mr. Bass and Mr. Megan will be joined by many other executive presenters at the ARC Forum.  Forum topical tracks include:

  • Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning
  • Asset Performance Management
  • Automation Innovations (including the latest updates on open process automation initiatives)
  • Connected Smart Machines
  • Cybersecurity and Safety
  • Industrial Internet Platforms
  • IoT Network Edge Infrastructure and End Devices
  • Convergence of Information, Operational, and Engineering Technologies
  • Smart Cities

Topics discussed at individual Forum sessions and workshops will run the gamut from industrial cybersecurity, open process automation, and asset performance management; to cloud platforms, advanced analytics, machine learning, smart machines, robotics, additive manufacturing, connected products, the IoT edge, and more.

Join in the Conversation

The upcoming ARC Industry Forum in Orlando offers a unique opportunity for professionals from industry and infrastructure to learn from their peers and share their own experiences and lessons learned in their respective digital transformation journeys.  For more information and details on the agenda and executive speakers, please visit ARC Industry Forum

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