ARC Advisory Group’s sixteenth India Forum for the process and discrete industries, titled Digitizing and Securing Industry, Infrastructure, and Cities from July 5-6, 2018, Bangalore, India attracted over 250 delegates. Last year the core theme was digital transformation; this year we’ve moved to the next level of how digitization can help industries, infrastructure and cities grow in a secure, collaborative environment. That digitization is an imperative to succeed in a competitive world is a given; but the transition must be well strategized and charted. The transition aspect of digitization was discussed through extensive networking among delegates, end users, and solution providers.
Today, companies are digitizing business processes and exploiting the increasing convergence between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT), and engineering technology (ET) on the plant floor. Governments around the world are supporting manufacturing growth initiatives. And these emerging business models allow manufacturers to collaborate more effectively. Information-driven digital enterprises leverage new technologies to achieve agility and sustain a competitive edge. All these were discussed at the ARC India forum. This two-day forum was structured to disseminate information and technology effectively and provide end users, solution providers and decision makers an opportunity to network and get an overall view of the market and its requirements.
The session topics covered industry and infrastructure moving towards digitization; automation trends, cybersecurity; smart technologies and smart cities; and several end user experiences. On both days there were lively and thought provoking question and answer sessions with the speakers.
- Ganapathiraman, Vice President and General Manager, ARC Advisory Group, India welcomed the delegates; and for the lighting of the traditional lamp he invited the global sponsors on stage. Later, he called the silver, industry association, and media sponsors on stage for a photo session. This was followed by the keynote presentations, which set the tenor for the forum.
The success of our forum is largely due to the tremendous support we received from our Sponsors: Global Sponsors: Bentley Systems, Mitsubishi Electric, Siemens, Wind River; Silver Sponsors – AVEVA, Emerson, and STEAG; Global Logo Sponsor: Inmation
Industry Association Sponsors – AIA and CIO Forum
Media Sponsors – A&D, CED Magazine, Chemical Industry Digest, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering World, Electronics Media, IED Communications, Industrial Automation, Industrial Products Finder, IIoT World, Infrastructure Today, Offshore World, Power, Reliability Web.com, The Record, and Uptime.
ARC’s forum drove home the point that in a connected world automation and keeping abreast of new technologies catalyzes industrial growth.
The time has come to migrate from the old to the new – digital, collaborative enterprises mark the way ahead. Reactive analysis/maintenance is obsolete – the spotlight is on predictive and preventive analysis.
Across industries there is a deluge of information and data – and those who can extract the right information at the right time will succeed in a competitive environment. Challenges abound, but suppliers who believe in collaborating and resolving end user pain points will thrive; at the other end of the spectrum, proactive and flexible end users who adopt new technologies will surge ahead.
By: Sharada Prahladrao, Editor & Public Relations Manager, ARC Advisory Group, India