Manufacturers: Time for 3D Printing, AI, Digital Twins, Hyper-Automation

January 26, 2017
Hosted by Bonnie D. Graham

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The buzz: “Machines will be capable in 20 years of doing any work a man can do” (1965, Dr. Herbert Simon). The manufacturing world is seeing innovation-driven trends and challenges across the Industrial Machinery and Components (IM&C) sector, with leading-edge companies already transforming their operations. The future will be defined by how quickly industry leaders address 3D-Printing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digital Twins, and Hyper-Automation. The experts speak. Jeff Hojlo, IDC: “The difficulty is not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones” (Thomas A. Edison). Markus L. Rossmann, Capgemini: “Only the paranoid survive” (Andy Grove). Gary Nelson, SAP: “Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else” (Tom Peters). Join us for Manufacturers: Time for 3D Printing, AI, Digital Twins, Hyper-Automation.

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The Future of Manufacturing with Game Changers, Presented by SAP

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Bonnie D. Graham

Bonnie D. Graham

Bonnie D. Graham has been producing and hosting live talk radio since 1998. She is the creator, producer and host of more than 25 weekly business thought leadership talk series presented by SAP under the banner of Coffee Break with Game-Changers Radio, which debuted in 2011. In a uniquely lively, unscripted roundtable discussion format, Game-Changers offers a broad range of expert business and technology insights to a global business audience.

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Sachin Bapat


Sachin Bapat is a senior advisor in SAP’s Value Advisory for discrete manufacturing companies. He helps C-Level executives with strategy definition and investment decisions. He is passionate about helping American manufacturing stay competitive with digital technology by reimagining the value proposition and its delivery. He can relate to business issues first-hand, having managed a fabrication business as a general manager in the past. In his seven years with SAP, Sachin has consulted with customers on how to realize value from their technology investments while accelerating the deployment. A mechanical engineer by training, he has spent 16 years in CNC, manufacturing in automotive, aerospace and industrial plants across the globe. Prior to joining SAP he implemented SAP ERP at a $6B metals distribution and fabrication company. Sachin holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. View Guest page

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Sabrina Bartlett


As a Senior Manager in Capgemini’s Discrete Industries sector team, Sabrina Bartlett leads the North America SAP Digital Manufacturing group, where she brings to life tangible and real world digital solutions for manufacturers on the SAP platform. Sabrina partners with industry and technology experts to build and go to market with customer-centric solutions enabling digital transformation in areas such as Connected Shop Floor, IIoT, Cloud, Predictive Analytics, Customer 360, and Smart Automation. Previously, she led the transformation of Capgemini’s SAP Service Line globally through the development and roll-out of a new implementation methodology. She has a background in SAP Engagement Delivery, Digital Transformation, and Process Improvement. Prior to Capgemini, Sabrina worked as an Electrical Engineering researcher for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and graduated from Rice University with degrees in Biochemistry and Managerial Studies. View Guest page

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David R. Brousell


David R. Brousell is Global VP, General Manager and Editorial Director of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, which he co-founded in 2008. In his nearly four-decade career as a journalist, David has covered the intersection of IT and business, with particular emphasis on the impact of technology on corporate organization and leadership. He has focused on the manufacturing industry since 1998. David is a two-time winner of the Jesse H. Neal Editorial Award, the highest award in the business press in the U.S. View Guest page

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Dave Carlisle


Dave Carlisle is CTO for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s IT function. He has been working in enterprise scale IT for over 18 years in various capacities from software development, multiple architecture roles and his current CTO role. Dave’s passionate about new technology and also works with HPE’s product development and Labs teams in addition to key partners such as SAP. Dave lives in Northern California and enjoys collaborating with local leading edge companies and thought leaders to find ways of bringing non-incremental, creative ideas into reality and making it happen. View Guest page

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David Dunn


David Dunn is a Business Development Executive in the chemicals industry for Capgemini. Prior to joining Capgemini, David held industry executive positions with Rolta Americas and SAP. He has also held numerous senior industry positions including leading new product development and commercialization at Monsanto’s Enviro-Chem Division and product development and technical services as Director of Technology for Baker-Petrolite in the Americas and Asia. David has a strong manufacturing and operations background and has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri - Columbia. View Guest page

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Mike Edelen


Mike Edelen, Product Specialist SAP Aerospace and Defense Industry Business Unit, joined SAP in 2004 with 20 plus years of industry experience. At McDonnell Douglas in St Louis, Mike oversaw production operations and was general foreman of final assembly responsible for the first ten F/A-18 E/F aircraft. Mike resides on the farm where he grew up, in St. Louis. View Guest page

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Tiest van Gool


Tiest van Gool is a Senior Principal in Accenture’s NA CMT PLM practice. He has been involved in SAP work for the past 20 years focusing on product/BOM modelling, product configuration and order management/fulfillment. I am zealous as it pertains to the convergence between hardware and software, i.e., embedded software, IoT, and digital twins. I am married, have two sons (5 and 2 years old) and am an avid trail runner. View Guest page

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Greg Gorbach


Greg Gorbach is a vice president and industry analyst at ARC Advisory Group, where he heads a team focused on the digital transformation taking place throughout the industrial space. This transformation is powered by technologies such as machine learning, predictive analytics and Big Data, cloud computing, mobility, low-cost sensors, edge intelligence, network connectivity, enterprise analytics platforms, and more. Greg thinks, writes, and consults about the digital transformation of industrial companies and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He provides clients in a number of manufacturing vertical markets with strategic advice in transforming manufacturing operations. Prior to ARC, Greg has experience in manufacturing, industrial automation, and industrial software companies. View Guest page

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Stefan Guertzgen


Stefan Guertzgen has served as Senior Director for Industry Solution Marketing Chemicals at SAP for eight years, globally responsible for driving industry thought leadership, strategic portfolio decisions and overall positioning and messaging, as well as executive messaging programs for key stakeholders along SAP’s entire Chemical solution portfolio. Previously, he worked for 11 years in the chemical Industry at Chemtura in various positions comprising R&D, Global Business Development, Business Process Management and Sales & Operations Planning. He spent seven years in Pre Sales and Management Consulting for the process industry focused on business operations, working for AspenTech, AT Kearney, and SAP Business Transformation Consulting. Stefan holds a PhD degree in Chemicals from the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research at Mülheim/Germany and has been granted a 1-year post-doctoral fellowship for the University of Berkeley/California from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. View Guest page

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John Harrison


John Harrison is a senior solution specialist with SAP’s Industry Business Solution: Chemicals (E-mail: john.harrison@sap.com). John has over 20 years experience in the process industry where he has been instrumental in the design and implementation of systems for the manufacturing, logistics, maintenance, quality management, and costing areas. He holds both the CPIM and CIRM designation from the APICS society. John received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Canada. His current focus with in SAP is everything to do with supporting production operations for Chemical companies which includes: Enterprise Asset Management, Production Costing, Human Capital Management, Mobility (particularly in hazardous locations), Internet of Things, and of course Production Planning and Execution. View Guest page

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Jeff Hojlo


As Program Director, Product Innovation, Jeff Hojlo leads IDC Manufacturing Insights research and analysis of the PLM market, including topics such as the development of an innovation platform and the intersection of product design, development, and digital manufacturing. He is also responsible for research on business and IT issues related to the engineering-oriented value chain (EOVC), which includes automotive, aerospace & defense, industrial machinery, and heavy equipment manufacturers, as well as the technology-oriented value chain (TOVC), which includes manufacturers in the electronics and semiconductor markets. Complementing 22 years of IT industry experience in product marketing roles with companies such as Engage, RSA Security, and Performaworks, Jeff has worked for the past 10 years in the PLM industry. Most recently, he was global industry marketing lead at Siemens PLM Software for multiple industries. Jeff regularly contributes to the IDC Manufacturing Insights Community. View Guest page

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Frank Jenner


Dr.-Ing. Frank Jenner is a chemical process engineer and Managing Partner at EY in the Advisory service line. Frank leads the Global Chemical Industry Sector and as a former Leader of Strategy & Operations in Germany, Suisse and Austria Frank has over 20 years of extensive expertise in Supply Chain Process Modeling & Design, Organizational Change Management, Business Improvement Initiatives and Transformational Excellence. Frank was founder and CEO of J&M Management Consulting AG a Hidden Champion in Supply Chain and Value Chain consulting in Europe. Frank has the ability to execute, bringing strategies alive, delivering on the completeness of vision. View Guest page

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Ravi Joshi


Ravi Joshi, Sr. Manager at EY. has a total of 32 years of professional experience with 13 years in the Chemical industry as a Plant Manager, and 19 years in the IT Industry with focus on chemicals. Ravi holds 3 Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Business Administration. He has worked with many chemical companies across the globe and helped them with process and technology transformation programs. One of his focus areas is on adoption of emerging technologies and addressing the challenges. View Guest page

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Michael Klaes


Michael Klaes is the Director Solution Management with the SAP Industry Business Unit for High Tech. In his 19 years at SAP, he has been working in different areas from consulting to software development and his current Solution Manager role. He is passionate about the management of digital content and industrial software starting from system design to software sales in High Tech, Automotive and other Discrete Industries. Michael enjoys collaborating with customers and partners to identify and shape the next generation of best practices in such an ever-changing fast-paced environment. After spending several years in Silicon Valley, he now lives in Germany. View Guest page

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Kimberly Knickle


Kimberly Knickle is research vice president in IDC's manufacturing group, and she is responsible for research and analysis of business and IT issues for manufacturers. She joined IDC in 2006 and leads the IT Priorities & Strategies program, which focuses on hot topics and technologies that are changing the way manufacturers buy and use IT, such as digital transformation, big data and analytics, cloud, IoT, mobility, and 3D printing. Before joining the analyst industry, Kim held various roles in IT services, engineering, and product safety testing, beginning her career as an engineer at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Kim has a MBA from Boston University's School of Management, focusing on Marketing and Operations and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. View Guest page

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Manfred Kopisch


Manfred Kopisch is Director of Solution Management at SAP. He has been working with new technology and new business models for over 20 years in different roles in software development, product management, product marketing, sales, and solution management. Manfred has a passion for customers and organizes a community of High Tech companies, the High Tech Executive Value Network, that meets regularly to understand trends and drive adoption of new technologies. Manfred moved 21 years ago from Germany to Silicon Valley and enjoys its vibrant ecosystem of world class universities, leading edge technology companies, and creative startups supported by venture capital – all driving innovation. View Guest page

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Debbie Kupitzer


Debbie Kupitzer, Digital Manufacturing/Industrial Internet Lead at Capgemini, is an entrepreneurial executive with 20+ years designing and building impactful 'connected' solutions for businesses in manufacturing, retail, consumer goods, insurance, chemical, and high tech. She is an expert at developing and executing go to market strategy programs that strengthen positioning, create market leadership and build strategic partnerships. Debbie is a proven business leader with strong marketing, product development and service delivery experience, as well as a strategist with global experience using disruptive technology to drive business value. She is passionate about creating change. View Guest page

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Gary Nelson


Gary Nelson has been helping organizations with Industry Solutions for 31 years. Gary has been with SAP for 15 years focused as an Industry Principle Lead, Industrial Machinery & Components and Industry Value Engineering. Currently he is the NA Industry Lead for IM&C. Gary has also been a Solution Engineer specializing in Supply Chain/APO and Manufacturing/PP. Before joining SAP, Gary excelled in presale consulting and management in ERP and Advanced Planning and Scheduling with IT organizations including SynQuest – Advanced Planning and Scheduling, Supply Chain Planning software; Baan – ERP, JDE – ERP; and ASK Computer Systems, Inc. – ERP. View Guest page

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David Parrish


David Parrish is SAP’s Senior Global Marketing Director for the Industrial Machinery & Components industry. Before joining SAP, David held various product and industry marketing positions with J.D. Edwards, PeopleSoft, and QAD going back to 1999. Prior to J.D. Edwards, Dave held transportation, warehouse, manufacturing, purchasing, and materials management roles in the industrial, automotive, and medical device sectors. Dave has a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois-Urbana, an MBA in Transportation Management from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) from the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). View Guest page

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Markus L. Rossmann


Dr.-Ing. Markus L. Rossmann is the Head of Operations and PMO Digital Manufacturing TLI at Capgemini. He joined Capgemini in 2006, fueling Capgemini’s growth at prestigious international clients in the aerospace, financial, automotive, and manufacturing sector. Before this role, he acted as Account Executive at a premium Automotive OEM in Research, Development and Production and consulted in the subject of connected vehicles. Before Capgemini, Markus worked with Hewlett Packard from 1999 - 2006 holding a variety of positions, one of which was to drive the establishment of HPs global enterprise architecture practice in the global trade domain leading to streamlining the architecture. He holds an engineering degree and a PhD in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund where his dissertation targeted both computer science and biological Neuro-informatics. He is a continuous member of both IEEE and German VDE. View Guest page

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John Santagate


John Santagate is a research manager at IDC Manufacturing Insights where he provides research and advisory around the latest technology trends shaping the business environment. He is responsible for managing IDC’s Global Connected Supply Chain Execution and Fulfillment program where he looks at supply chain issues and develops models and insight to help organizations evolve business processes and implement the latest technology. Earlier in his career, John spent over a decade working with startup software companies as well as in the bio technology industry. He has spent several years helping leading manufacturing organizations to implement transformative supply chain processes. John is also responsible for research and advisory of process oriented manufacturing including those in the chemicals industry. John holds an MBA from Rutgers Business school, a BA from the University of Massachusetts, and a Lean Six Sigma Knowledge Certificate from Rutgers. View Guest page

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John H. Schmidt


John H. Schmidt leads Accenture’s Global Aerospace and Defense practice. He directs a team of experienced industry professionals who design and deliver transformational solutions for the commercial aerospace, defense, and space exploration sectors. Under his direction, the practice has grown three times the industry average and is currently working with nine of the industry’s top 10 performers. He works with industry leaders, helping them define strategy, drive operational business improvement, accelerate profitable growth, and increase shareholder value. John is known for his ability to lead large teams and work in complex global business environments to deliver programs that result in substantive cost reductions, increased business capabilities, and improved organizational effectiveness. John is a member of the Aerospace Industry Association’s Board of Governors and is a frequent industry speaker on industry trends, the digital paradigm in aerospace, and the extended supply chain. View Guest page

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Steve Shepley


Steve Shepley is a Principal at Deloitte Consulting, LLP with over 18 years of experience helping highly-engineered product manufacturing companies drive performance improvements through the use of advanced techniques. He specializes in the development of transformational digital solutions that enable his clients to reduce product costs, improve productivity, and drive growth. From an industry perspective, he primarily focuses on the Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, and Industrial Products sectors. Steve has an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. View Guest page

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Vijay Sundararajan


As a Sr. Director in North America Industry Value Engineering team, Vijay Sundararajan is responsible for designing customer engagements, overseeing engagement delivery and acting as trusted advisor in value advisory engagements. He regularly benchmarks SAP customers for best practices and value achieved. Prior to his role in North America, Vijay was the Industry Leader for Industrial Machinery & Components in Asia Pacific & Japan, where he was responsible for driving business development activities across the region. He is a recognized thought leader in the areas of Product Development and Product Lifecycle Management. Before joining SAP in 2009, Vijay has held various positions in the software industry in Asia Pacific and Japan. Vijay holds a Masters degree in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology and a Masters degree in Management from University College of Dublin Ireland. View Guest page

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Torsten Welte


Torsten Welte, the global vice president and head of aerospace & defense (A&D) at SAP, has over 25 years of experience in consulting, sales, IT, and program management. Under Torsten’s leadership, the A&D Team delivers industry solutions that help customers innovate and grow their businesses, operate safely, and develop their people. Torsten joined SAP Americas in 2004 and has held several key leadership roles within the North American Aerospace & Defense segment. Prior to his tenure with SAP, Torsten spent 12 years with Deloitte Consulting managing several large SAP implementations as well as strategy engagements across different manufacturing industries. View Guest page

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