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Jeff Winter

Industry Executive at Microsoft

Naperville, United States

Jeff Winter is an Industry Executive for Manufacturing with Microsoft where he acts as an industry advisor helping manufacturers across the US digitally transform at scale. With over 15 years of experience working for different industrial automation product and solution providers, Jeff has a unique ability to simplify and communicate complex concepts to a wide range of audiences, educating and inspiring people from the shop floor up to the executive board room. As part of his experience, Jeff is also very active in the community of Industry 4.0. He currently is a part of the International Board of Directors for MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association), the leadership committee for the Smart Manufacturing & IIoT Division of ISA (International Society of Automation), a U.S. registered expert for IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) as a member of TC 65, and part of Purdue University's Smart Manufacturing Advisory Board.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Naperville, IL
Speaking Topics: Industry 4.0, Digital Transformation Strategy, Manufacturing, LinkedIn, Marketing Strategy

Speaking Fee $2,500

Jeff Winter Points
Academic 0
Author 51
Influencer 153
Speaker 33
Entrepreneur 140
Total 377

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Manufacturing

Areas of Expertise

AI 32.30
AR/VR
Big Data 31.06
Business Strategy 31.34
Cloud 30.43
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation 33.06
Digital Twins
Emerging Technology 31.89
IoT 52.45
Marketing 30.08
Analytics 30.08
Leadership 30.03
Sales 30.19
Innovation 30.04
Supply Chain 30.04

Industry Experience

High Tech & Electronics
Manufacturing
Pharmaceuticals
Retail

Publications

4 Advisory Board Memberships
2022 Global Excellence Awards Judge
AI Journal
February 25, 2022
Selected as a member of AI Journals 2022 Global Excellence Awards Committee

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

Board of Advisors
IIoT-World
January 12, 2022
I am honored and excited to become the newest Strategic Advisor for IIoT-World, a leading digital media outlet bringing the latest Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) virtual conferences and content to a global community.

If unfamiliar, IIoT-World has:

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

Purdue Intelligent Manufacturing Advisory Board
Purdue University Polytechnic Institute
January 01, 2022
The Purdue Polytechnic Institute, one of the 10 academic colleges of Purdue University, provides a unique array of high-demand technology disciplines for bachelor's, master’s and Ph.D. degrees focusing in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

In this role, I will help support the development and launch of Purdue's Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

IoT Analytics Strategic Advisor
IoT Analytics
December 02, 2021
In this role, I will help provide strategic advice to the leadership team of IoT Analytics to help support the company’s vision, mission, and annual objectives. In addition, I will help provide insights and guidance on research topics, survey questions, and report content.

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Tags: AI, Business Strategy, Digital Transformation

21 Article/Blogs
Dangers of Digital Transformation
Linkedin
May 26, 2022
So…you are strategizing, planning, or starting to roll out a Digital Transformation initiative?

Most people agree

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

How to Minimize Industry 4.0's Value
Linkedin
May 10, 2022
I think I figured it out… The surefire way to minimize your Industry 4.0 investment: Attempt to deploy new Industry 4.0 technologies at scale without changing how your company operates.

Ta-da! It's like magic – and it works every time!

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

IoT Vs IIoT
LinkedIn
April 18, 2022
Most people would describe

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

Shadow Digital Transformation Initiatives
LinkedIn
February 23, 2022
Despite an improved position for CIOs and CTOs within organizations, the high rate of demand for digital transformation across every business function is spawning multiple shadow projects, leaving organizations with “

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

Three Lenses of Innovation
Linkedin
February 07, 2022
Is innovation becoming synonymous with disruption?

The “

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Digital Feedback Loop
Linkedin
February 04, 2022
Successful Digital Transformation depends on the ability to correctly identify, capture, and synthesize all the relevant data signals (internal and external) in meaningful ways to shift your vision from hindsight to foresight.

The

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

Technology Adoption is Speeding up!
Linkedin
February 01, 2022
The

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

Digital Transformation in a Box
Linkedin
January 19, 2022

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

Real Data vs Synthetic Data
Linkedin
January 12, 2022
According to Gartner, By 2024, 60% of the data used for the de­vel­op­ment of AI and an­a­lyt­ics projects will be syn­thet­i­cally gen­er­ated.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

My 2021 LinkedIn Journey
Linkedin
January 10, 2022
f you knew me professionally back in 2020, you would know that my digital presence has markedly changed since then.

I developed a thought leadership strategy that leveraged LinkedIn as the tool to build a personal brand and increase my network of meaningful industry contacts.

In the past few months as I started to gain a lot of traction - I’ve been approached by dozens of individuals (and even a handful of companies) wanting to know what I did, how I did it, and why? In response, I thought I would put “My LinkedIn Journey” together to help answer some of those questions.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Marketing

Industry 3.0 vs Industry 4.0
Linkedin
January 06, 2022

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

Setting the Right Goals
LinkedIn
January 05, 2022
According to Penn State World Campus,

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Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, IoT

PPT (People, Process, and Technology)
Industry4o.com
January 04, 2022
PPT (People, Process, and Technology) is a framework that was developed in the 1960s to help improve operational efficiency of employees and tools

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Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, IoT

Digital Technologies Have Changed the Speed in the Market
Linkedin
January 04, 2022
Digital technologies penetrate the market at a much higher speed than traditional technologies and have shorter innovation cycles. This leads to huge changes in the competitive landscape in a very short time.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, IoT

People, Process, and Technology Framework
Linkedin
December 20, 2021

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Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, IoT

Computer Science vs Data Science vs Data Engineer
Linkedin
December 02, 2021
World Economic Forum identified the top 3 growing jobs are:
1) Data Analysts and Data Scientists
2) AI and Machine Learning Specialists
3) Big Data Specialists

In my opinion, these “Data” based roles can be broadened into 3 main buckets: Analysts, Scientists, and Engineers. The skills of these roles can easily overlap, but what makes them distinctly different is their focus.

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Tags: AI, Analytics, Big Data

Digital Transformation Risks and Obstacles Ahead
Linkedin
November 19, 2021
Have you considered all the risks and obstacles that lay ahead?

Most people agree

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Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

IoT vs IIoT
Linkedin
October 14, 2021
Most people would describe

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

Trusting AI
Linkedin
September 17, 2021
How much should you trust Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

If you lift up the hood on Artificial Intelligence you will discover it is complicated. Even if the decisions it makes can be technically explained, the process is often too difficult for most people to understand.

The more people start to rely on a technology they don’t understand, the more anxiety they are bound to have. This can especially be true when it comes to interacting with AI as a replacement for a human. Can AI understand and demonstrate feelings such as empathy?

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

Why Isn't Everyone Using AI?
automation.com
April 26, 2021
AI has the highest potential to change our world, yet it is fairly slow to adoption. Why is that? This article shares my thoughts on the subject

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

The "book"​ that changed my career
LinkedIn
April 07, 2021
I was recently asked "What is the most influential book that has profoundly changed your career?"

For me, this was an easy answer: "What to Say and How to Say it" by John Costigan. This happens to be an audio book, but that counts, right?

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership, Sales

1 eBook
A Low-Risk, Incremental Approach to Smart Manufacturing for Small & Medium Manufacturers
MESA
January 25, 2022
The Smart Manufacturing Working Group of Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International just developed a new 58-page guidebook:

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

2 Industry Awards
ISA Division Excellence Award
International Society of Automation
August 18, 2021
Recognizes an ISA Division for development and implementation of programs and/or services to advance the mission of the Society.

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Tags: Digital Transformation

CSIA Rising Start 2021
Control Systems Integrators Association
April 15, 2021
The Rising Star Award recognizes an exceptional individual each year who demonstrate a rapidly increasing positive impact on their companies, clients, and CSIA.

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Tags: Digital Transformation

2 Industry Council Chairs
Digital Transformation Advisory Committee - Digital Experience Subcommittee Chair
International Society of Automation
January 01, 2022
International Society of Automation has a Digital Transformation Advisory Committee of Industry/ISA leaders who help share the direction of the society. I lead the subcommittee focused on Digital Experiences

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Smart Manufacturing & IIoT Division Chair
International Society of Automation
December 23, 2021
The Smart Manufacturing and IIoT Division (also known as SMIIoT) is the newest and fastest-growing division (2600+ members < 2 years) of ISA aimed at helping our members grow professionally and technically. The primary goals of SMIIoT are to provide clarity around these ever-evolving spaces, develop useful technical content, develop standardized approaches to solve critical problems and provide a forum for networking and collaboration.

In this role I set the Division's strategy and lead the board members

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

2 Industry Council Members
International Board of Directors
www.mesa.org
January 01, 2022
Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International is a worldwide non-profit association focused on improving business results and production operations through optimized application and implementation of information technology and best management practices.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

IEC TC 65 U.S. Registered Expert
International Electrotechnical Commission
January 01, 2022
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. IEC TC 65 is responsible for systems and elements used for industrial process measurement, control, and automation.

Technical Committee 65 (TC 65) is Industrial Process Measurement, Controls, & Automation

Positions Held:
• TC65 WG16 - Digital Factory - Registered U.S. Expert (2020-Present)
• TC65 WG24 - Asset Administration Shell for Industrial Applications - Registered U.S. Expert (2020-Present)
• TC65 JWG21 - Smart Manufacturing Reference Model(s) linked to ISO/TC 184 - Registered U.S. Expert (2020-Present)

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

3 Influencer Awards
50 Outstanding AI in Business Influencers
Engatica
March 01, 2022
Named as one of 50 Outstanding AI in Business Leaders, who are creating an impact on the business world with their unparalleled capabilities, contributions, and innovations. Identified as the best AI specialists, keynote speakers, and thought leaders; that must start followed in 2022.

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Tags: AI

Manufacturing Hub's Most Downloaded Podcast of 2021
Manufacturing Hub
December 29, 2021
Manufacturing Hub published 38 podcasts in 2021, my interview was the most downloaded episode.

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Tags: AI

Who's Who in Industry 4.0: Top Influencers and Brands
Onalytica
June 17, 2021
1 of 16 Key Opinion Leaders on Industry 4.0 with a high degree of topical authority and relevant audiences online

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Tags: Digital Transformation

2 Infographics
Top Industrial AI Use Cases
IoT Analytics
January 18, 2022
IoT Analytics has been conducting Industrial AI research for several years. They recently released an updated version of their first report from 2019 with new information.

As part of the research, the analyst team identified a total of 33 different use cases that employ Artificial Intelligence tools and techniques on (predominantly) IoT-connected data sources and assets of industrial enterprises. These 33 industrial AI use cases have been grouped into 11 broader use case categories that make up most of the Industrial AI market.

Compared to 2019, the top 7 uses cases remain the same (albeit with different percentages and different trends). I personally am most excited (and not surprised) to see Supply Chain Optimization trending upward!

First time partnering with IoT Analytics to develop this custom graphic from their great research

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

Traditional Programming vs Machine Learning
Linkedin
December 16, 2021
Traditional programming and machine learning are two drastically different approaches to computer programming, and they yield very different results or outcomes.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation

1 Keynote
Unlocking Innovation and Delivering New Services
Automation Alley
May 10, 2022
Jeff Winter, Industry Executive, Manufacturing at Microsoft, will excite you with his discussion of innovation and new services in the world of digital transformation. You’ll learn how to accelerate and reduce the cost of innovation at your company by leveraging technology, and how your company stacks up to industry trends and statistics.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

4 Media Interviews
10 IoT Technology Trends to Watch in 2022
IoT Analytics
January 26, 2022
IoT Analytics put together their top 10 IoT technology trends by interviewing industry experts. I was lucky enough to be interviewed!

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

Spotlight Interview with Jeff Winter
Onalytica
November 02, 2021
In the latest Spotlight #Interview Joe Fields sat down to chat with Jeff Winter, Industry Executive for Manufacturing at Microsoft and an expert in #Industry40 and #DigitalTransformation.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

Manufacturing Today - Grantek Profile
Manufacturing Today
July 28, 2021
My interview with Manufacturing Today for a profile on Grantek just got published!

Great overview on who Grantek is, how we are adapting to a changing world, and our unique value to the market.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

Jeff Winter Named one of Onalytica's Top Industry 4.0 Influencers
Automation.com
June 28, 2021
Jeff Winter, Sr. Director, Strategy & Marketing at Grantek, has been named one of Onalytica’s “Top Industry 4.0 Influencers 2021.” He was listed among 16 key opinion leaders discussing Industry 4.0 online. Along with the others, he has a high degree of topical authority and relevant audiences online, according to the Onalytica report.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

2 Miscellaneouss
Episode 73: Industry 4.0 Trends and Data That Actually Matters
Manufacturing Happy Hour
December 14, 2021
In this episode, I share some fascinating statistics and trends in data management and digital transformation with the host Chris Luecke. We discuss how the present data generation and storage habits call for more defined data strategies going forward, a few IoT trends, and common barriers to a successful digital transformation initiative.

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Transformation, IoT

Episode 38: Industry 4.0, Digital Transformation, Microsoft Initiatives, Emerging Tech
Manufacturing Hub
November 26, 2021
In this episode, I discuss Digital Transformation, thought leadership, emerging tech, and Microsoft's point of view on Manufacturing with Dave Griffith and Vlad Romanov

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

1 Miscellaneous
ISA IIoT & Smart Manufacturing Conference Planning Committee
International Society of Automation
March 30, 2022
Lead for the program committee for ISA's largest Smart Manufacturing Conference - recruited and secured 10 out of 18 speakers.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

5 Panels
Industry 4.0 - Scaling the Intelligent Enterprise
Microsoft
May 25, 2022

Episode 4 of Microsoft's Industry 4.0 Learning Series for Manufacturers is coming up! Excited to co-host with Mike Peterson

We have a great panel of industry experts ready to help tell how to scale the intelligent enterprise:
• Frank Constantine with Kennametal
• Brad Kerr with Microsoft
• Matt Townsend with Riveron
• Thomas McKee, Jr with eLogic.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

Creating a Resilient Supply Chain
Prevedere
May 04, 2022
Panel discussion hosted by Prevedere, featuring George Casey, Jeff Winter, and Lindsey Peterson.

Learn from the experts in their field on #datascience and advanced analytics, #digitaltransformation in #manufacturing, and global economic impact on #supplychain.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Supply Chain

AI Transformation in Manufacturing
https://aijourn.com/
February 22, 2022
Hosted by Vanti Analytics and AI Journal

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are transforming #manufacturing
IIoT-World
December 08, 2021
With the digital transformation of industry, more and more data are being generated. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning enable engineers and data scientists to structure, analyze and evaluate the enormous volume of data. The application scenarios range across the lifecycle: Smart recommendations, generative design, anomaly detection, and preventive maintenance optimize the way and pace with which products are designed and produced.
To make use of industrial-grade AI applications in a reliable and value-adding way, they must interact seamlessly with software and automation and the corresponding IT infrastructure. Therefore, collaboration and open ecosystems are crucial to leveraging the great potential of these technologies.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Digital Transformation

IT/OT Convergence - Benefits & Challenges in Manufacturing
IIoT-World
December 08, 2021
Find answers to questions like:
- Why aren't more manufacturers finding success with data analytics projects?
- What are the steps to getting data into the hands of the workforce so that they can make decisions and act?
- What are the roadblocks data decisions making in manufacturing?

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, IoT

5 Speaking Engagements
Manufacturing Insights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqkAGAB9CyU
April 21, 2022
Flex & Friends interview with Jeff Winter on all things Industry 4.0, Manufacturing, and personal branding

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

The Building Blocks of Industry 4.0
Microsoft
April 21, 2022
Co-Hosted with Mike Peterson at Microsoft. Gave a 7-minute trends and statistics update before interviewing industry experts in this hour-long panel.

A few topics discussed:
• Asset Connectivity: Where & how to start collecting meaningful data
• Driving project ROI with a successful pilot
• Best Practices: People, Process & Technology (IT/OT)
• Building the business Case
• Security best practices (IT/OT)

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

Data Strategy and the Roles Behind it
Navient
March 15, 2022
In this 11 minute interview, I talk about data strategy, the critical roles behind it. Plus, I share why companies must make data an integral part of their operations and his tips on building a data strategy.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Digital Transformation

Jeff Winter Industry Interview
4.0 Solutions
February 01, 2022
Welcome, Jeff Winter on the Podcast! Jeff is the Former Director of Senior Director of Strategy and Marketing for Grantek and is Currently with Microsoft.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

Emerging Trends
IoT Marketing
January 27, 2022
This interview was filmed as part of IoT Marketing’s live event, the “2022 Emerging Trends Edition” of Industry Insights Webinars. As part of it, I answer 7 questions:
1) Where do you see our society in the timeline expected for Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0?
2) PPT development for revolutionizing people, processes, and technology dates back to as early as the 1960’s but how has this vision changed? Or not changed?
3) What are you seeing for how this data is being used and how do you measure the ROI?
4) What is the new meaning of Smart? How has the term changed in your opinion?
5) Is there a digital divide in manufacturing? How much of a disadvantage is there for those that are unaware of this technology?
6) Can you share a tip for how to make Digital Transformation successful?
7) What is one of your predictions for emerging trends in 2022?

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

6 Videos
Industry 4.0 maturity
LinkedIn
January 20, 2022
Although many companies are starting to adopt "Industry 4.0 technologies", very few are close to the vision and benefits of Industry 4.0.

If you aren't familiar with acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften , they produce some of the best academic research and insight on Industry 4.0. This Maturity model was first created in 2016 and updated in 2020. In addition, Acatech released an awesome complimentary whitepaper to their Maturity model for more insights and case studies (https://lnkd.in/ensan8S)

I put together this visual to help illustrate the findings and provide some additional commentary on example enabling technologies.

Personally, I found it most fascinating to see the distribution of companies maturity stages based on the four structural areas:

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

McKinsey Digital Compas
Linkedin
January 13, 2022
t has been almost 7 years since McKinsey & Company developed their "Digital Compass" to help businesses navigate the abstract and visionary concept of Industry 4.0.

This Digital Compass provides

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Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, IoT

Have you ever wondered how much data is generated each year?
Linkedin
December 18, 2021
According to Statista, a whopping

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Tags: Big Data, Cloud, Digital Transformation

Difference in Perception
Linkedin
November 30, 2021
Did the pandemic change Digital Transformation…or did Digital Transformation change the pandemic?

Everyone perceives the world slightly differently. Even the simplest and objective of things can take on different meanings depending on feelings, environment, and context. We choose to select different aspects of a message to focus our attention based on what interests us, what is familiar to us, or what we consider important.

From the business point of view, think about how much has changed in the past two years. How many people perform their job the same way as they did back in 2019 before the pandemic? How many companies have reinvented themselves? How many new innovations have been created? How many new technologies were invented? How many new business models were implemented?

In my opinion, Digital Transformation is one area that has seen tremendous perception changes in the past few years, especially in terms of value. What used to be an industry buzzword and merely a visionary long-term strategy has been pushed to the forefront as an urgent necessity for survival.

The irony is that Digital Transformation requires businesses to simultaneously adapt to the changing world yet enables them to do so; making it easier to address, tackle, and overcome the challenges of today, while simultaneously preparing for a more sustainable future.

Depending on what part you play in Digital Transformation (e.g. Supplier, Integrator, User) or where you sit in the value chain (inbound logistics, operations, outbound logistics, marketing/sales, or services) you may have an entirely different perception of what it really means, what its value is, and how it can become beneficial for you.

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Tags: Big Data, Digital Transformation, IoT

Future of Jobs
Linkedin
November 23, 2021
World Economic Forum released “

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

Most popular Technology Buzzwords Right now
Linkedin
September 23, 2021
There are so many buzzwords being used right now - ever wonder which are the most popular?

Thanks to

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

1 Webinar
How to Build an Agile Factory
Microsoft
May 11, 2022

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

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