ARC Annual Forum Information Driven Enterprise in a Connected World

Editor: Dominik Stephan

ARC Advisory Group’s much-awaited annual forum (for process and discrete industries) will be held on July 10 and 11, 2014 at the Hotel Le Meridian, Bengaluru. The two-day India forum will feature industry thought leaders sharing their experiences and insights on new processes and technologies.

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(LtoR): Chief Guest, Director General, CPRI, N Murugesan; Country Manager, ARC AdvisoryGroup, India, G Ganapathiraman; Executive Director, BHEL EDN, KC Ramamurthy; Head-Process Automation, South Asia Cluster, Siemens, Sascha Maennl; and General Manager, NTPC, Arundhati Bhattacharya lighting the lamp at the inauguration of the 2013 forum
(LtoR): Chief Guest, Director General, CPRI, N Murugesan; Country Manager, ARC AdvisoryGroup, India, G Ganapathiraman; Executive Director, BHEL EDN, KC Ramamurthy; Head-Process Automation, South Asia Cluster, Siemens, Sascha Maennl; and General Manager, NTPC, Arundhati Bhattacharya lighting the lamp at the inauguration of the 2013 forum
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Founded in 1986, ARC Advisory Group has become the leading technology research and advisory firm for industry and infrastructure. ARC’s coverage of technology and trends extends from business systems to product and asset lifecycle management, supply chain management, operations management, energy optimization and automation systems. The group’s analysts and consultants have the industry knowledge and first-hand experience to help its clients find the best answers to the complex business issues facing organizations today.

With this objective, ARC’s annual two-day forum provides the unique opportunity for knowledge transfer through case study presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and peer-to-peer networking. Furthermore, it will be a stage wherein both process and discrete industries will participate. The forum offers an excellent networking platform for key decision makers and thought leaders to share their experiences and know-how on best practices, strategies and technologies with suppliers of automation systems, enterprise solutions and manufacturing IT solutions. Solution providers implementing path-breaking technologies in both sectors will give insights into their latest innovations.

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Why you should attend

Over the years, ARC Forums have gained credence as a knowledge disseminating and business growth platform. This year the theme is ‘Information Driven Enterprise in a Connected World’. When competition and markets are global, companies must become collaboratively networked enterprises, managing dispersed centers of technology, engineering, production and resources.

Systems need to be flexible and ready for business change. In addition to a host of new and, sometimes disruptive technologies, entering the marketplace, companies must also face rapid changes in government regulations, energy and raw materials availability, markets, and competition. By deploying leading-edge information technologies, today’s companies can thrive.

What's on the Agenda

Presentation topics will cover the gamut from automation and enterprise trends; advancement in control strategies; energy optimization and factories of the future; strategies to achieve asset performance management, operational excellence and cyber security; and strategies for growth.

The backdrop

India’s economy is slowly regaining its momentum and in FY 2014-2015 the GDP rate is expected to perk up. It remains resilient because of the strong fundamentals and domestic demand-driven economy. Just as global companies find India an attractive market, manufacturing companies in the country are looking beyond the domestic market for growth. There has been a radical change in the way businesses are conducted worldwide. Everything is inter-connected and immediate – contact, communication, information and deliverables; and this builds pressure, as one weak link can affect market share. To remain globally competitive in this volatile marketplace, companies must adopt new processes and technologies.

Resulting from these developments, manufacturing companies are under pressure to focus on improving productivity and increasing efficiency. There is increasing awareness among manufacturing companies about effectively managing costs, reducing energy consumption, efficiently managing resources, and addressing environmental concerns. Industries will benefit from this forum because they will gain insights about industry trends, get technology updates, and learn from others’ experiences.

Growth platform

Government measures are being implemented to support and provide incentives to boost industrial growth. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity – both inbound and outbound – partnerships, and collaboration across all industry verticals in India are on an upswing. The manufacturing sector is at an inflection point: the technologies are available, but they need to be deployed effectively and extensively. Technology providers must take the responsibility to educate and inform their customers about their solutions so that the implementation cost is justified and the accrued benefits are understood. Looking into the future, it is evident that upgradation of the manufacturing sector can only happen if the technology providers and end-users collaborate effectively and move in tandem.

ARC’s Forum provides this platform. The game-changers will be solution providers who are agile and flexible to the customers’ needs; and end-users who are open and receptive to adopting new technologies to their benefit. Both suppliers and end-user organizations will thrive only if they continually reinvent and reposition themselves in terms of streamlining processes and delivering world -class quality.

This forum provides the appropriate environment for understanding the benefits of new technologies. ARC believes that manufacturing companies should harness technology solutions to gather data; convert data into actionable information; initiate appropriate actions; and measure, analyze, and visualize the results in real time. Manufacturing IT solutions and automation systems accelerate innovation, improve productivity and asset performance, and enhance efficiency along the value network.

The upcoming forum in Bengaluru will lay emphasis on all these factors. Presentation highlights This year’s forum is much awaited, with end-user registrations having already crossed the 220 mark and still counting. Speakers have been lined up from ARC’s impressive marquee of 11 sponsors. The invited speakers include senior personnel from end-user organizations. Industry thought leaders have also evinced interest to actively participate in the forum deliberations.

Impressive List of Speakers

So far, the impressive list of speakers making presentations from the ARC Advisory Group include Research Director, ARC Advisory Group, Boston, USA, Ralph Rio; ARC Advisory Group, Country Manager-India, G Ganapathiraman, and ARC Advisory Group, Senior Analyst India, Neelam Singh. Presentations that are going to be made by the end-users include topics that cover the power, machinery, pharmaceutical, and discrete industries, among others. With so much information being shared in just two days, this event is a must attend for all companies, which want to stay ahead of the competition.

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