Join the 21th annual ARC Industry Forum to learn about the OPC UA technology and why OPC UA is an enabler for both Industrie4.0 and IIoT. Network with Thomas J. Burke, President and Executive Director of OPC Foundation.
Industrial companies are beginning to move beyond the computer-enhanced business models of the late twentieth century. Many are embracing new models that take advantage of intelligent connected products coupled with potent software and analytics. Expect to see innovations in smarter products, new service and operating models, new production techniques, and new approaches to design and sourcing. Also anticipate changes throughout the value network with new partners and new opportunities, along with new competitors and new threats.
Expressed using terms such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Smart Manufacturing, Industrie 4.0, Digitization, and Connected Enterprise, these concepts are clearly moving past the hype stage to the point where real solutions are emerging backed by strong associated business cases.
How will inexpensive, easy-to-install sensors change existing products and plants? Will cyber security concerns impede disruptive innovation? What kind of intelligence will machines have and what value will this bring? What role will Wi-Fi and LTE play? How do Big Data and predictive and prescriptive analytics enable operational change? What is the opportunity 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?
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