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Joanne Friedman

CEO & Principal at Connektedminds Inc

Greater Toronto Area, Canada

Joanne Friedman is CEO and Principal, Smart Manufacturing for Connektedminds where she helps global manufacturing organizations navigate the complexities of Industry 4.0 and intricacies of the Industrial Internet of Things to deliver more value across trading ecosystems, faster, and at lower cost.

Creative and intellectually curious, Joanne is design-thinking-problem-solver who complements a wellspring of technical knowledge with expertise in Supply Chain, Operations and Strategy. An innate storyteller with an empathetic style, Joanne is a former CIO with a track record of accomplishment delivering innovative technology solutions to global pharmaceutical and electronics manufacturers.

Stepping into the IT Industry Analyst spotlight as Vice President E-business at MetaGroup (Gartner) Joanne brought her two decades of international walked in your shoes experience to help address the strategic and technical challenges of large enterprises and technology vendors alike. Establishing herself as a trusted advisor, Joanne was instrumental in helping to make the firm’s e-business service its most profitable for nearly five years before moving on to accept her next challenges.

Ranked among the Top 30 Voices in the IIoT (Onalytica, 2020) Joanne is a frequent conference and symposium keynote who speaks about automation, cyber-physical systems and the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in terms of business and societal impact. She currently serves as Chair, Industry 4.0 Roadmap Chapter and Co-Chair, IIoT Product Emulator Group. A long time advocate for technical standards Joanne collaborates with international manufacturing leaders, government and academia to help develop key technical standards for the IIoT and cyber-security at ISO, W3C, IEEE and MESA. Her next book, “Digiwaaat?” is forthcoming in 2022.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Toronto
Speaking Topics: Industry4.0, Digital Transformation, Smart Manufacturing

Joanne Friedman Points
Academic 0
Author 0
Influencer 38
Speaker 10
Entrepreneur 0
Total 48

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Company Type: Individual
Minimum Project Size: Undisclosed
Average Hourly Rate: Undisclosed
Number of Employees: Undisclosed
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Areas of Expertise

Autonomous Vehicles
Big Data
Business Strategy
Design Thinking
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation 30.04
Digital Twins
Diversity and Inclusion
Ecosystems 30.71
Emerging Technology 30.50
Future of Work
IoT 30.74
Lean Startup
Mergers and Acquisitions
Open Innovation
Predictive Analytics
Smart Cities
Supply Chain

Industry Experience

Financial Services & Banking
High Tech & Electronics
Industrial Machinery & Components
Professional Services


1 Keynote
Digiwaat? Industry 4.0 & IIoT
November 11, 2020
Internet of Things for Manufacturing Symposium Keynote
Distills Industry 4.0 into it's key component parts, de-mystifies hype and myth to provide the audience with insights based on fact-based research, qualitative and quantitative analysis conducted. Cases derived from working with market leading manufacturers in the electronics and hi-tech industries.

The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute brings together industry leaders, government partners and top researchers to collaborate and find solutions for the greatest challenges facing U.S. industry today: creating quality jobs, ensuring global competitiveness, and advancing economic and environmental sustainability.

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Tags: Ecosystems, Emerging Technology, IoT

1 Media Interview
Redefining Digital Transformation with Connektedminds’ CEO, Joanne Friedman
March 23, 2021
On this episode of IT Visionaries, Joanne dives deep into the world of digital transformations, how companies should be thinking about the process, the role a proper analyst plays in helping to make those decisions, and why it might be time to alter the phase all together. Plus, Joanne discusses the intricacies of IoT and why it’s time to finally set some standards when it comes to connected devices.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, IoT

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