We live in a smart, connected world. The number of devices connected to the Internet recently surpassed the total number of humans on the planet, and we’re accelerating on our way to an » Internet of Things «.

For manufacturers, the implications are huge. These smart connected products will push the boundaries of imagination when it comes to how they connect, communicate, and control the physical world. New value will come from reduced costs of production, improved efficiencies in areas like service, and the creation of entirely new business opportunities.

In this new world all manner of sensors, tags and controls will become a part of both the manufacturing process as well as the products that such manufacturers produce.

To capture the value creation opportunity these » smart connected products « represent, CEOs must assess their company’s strategy as it relates to everything from product design and factory production to sourcing, sales and service. Manufacturers must be ready to collect, analyze and capitalize on vast streams of data arriving at increasing volumes and speed. It also means evaluating the company’s readiness to pursue new business models.

  • The Third Transformation
  • Smart Connected Products & New Capabilities
  • Impact on the Value Chain & Industry Structure
  • Strategic Choices

The speakers

  • Dr. Bernd Häuser, SVP Manufacturing Coordination, Production System Development and Investment Planning, Robert Bosch
  • James E. Heppelmann, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), PTC
  • Prof. Michael E. Porter, Director, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School
  • Christian Till Roga, SVP Digital Division, T-Systems International
  • Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh, Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), RWTH Aachen University
  • Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, Industrial Internet Consortium
  • Søren Stakemann, Division Manager, Getinge Infection Control

The moderators

  • Patrick Bernau, Senior Editor / Head of Online Business, Economics and Finance Desk, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Sascha Lahme, Director Conferences, Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum

Sascha Lahme
Director Conferences
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