How Industry 4.0 is Transforming Digital Factory Operations - And Why It Matters

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Falling behind the next wave of factory innovation is easy – it is a moving target. This webcast explores today’s digital factory landscape and highlights the gains of adopting Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT. Understand and unlock the capabilities of the Industry 4.0 arsenal as it applies to discrete and process manufacturers who are tasked to optimize production and quality, hold margins and save money – at zero loss. We will examine how manufacturers can realize benefits from artificial intelligence, IoT, and data analytics. Our discussion will help you gauge the digital maturity of your supply chain and manufacturing processes, and explore time-to-value best practices to help you design, build, or refine your digital strategy.


  • Jason Sparapani

    Content Manager, MIT Technology Review Insights

    Jason Sparapani is content manager at MIT Technology Review Insights, where he helps develop, produce and track custom editorial content.

  • Kevin Prouty

    Group Vice President, Energy and Manufacturing Insights

    Kevin Prouty is group vice president for IDC Energy and Manufacturing Insights. He is responsible for managing a group of analysts that provide research-based advisory and consulting services that will enable energy executives in oil and gas, and utilities, to maximize the business value of their technology investments and minimize technology risk through accurate planning. Kevin's research specialties are utilities, manufacturing, enterprise applications, and product innovation research.

  • Jiani Zhang

    Director of Product Management, Watson IoT

    Jiani Zhang leads strategy and management of the Watson Internet of Things portfolio of products and offerings focused on cross-portfolio solutions for manufacturing and Industry 4.0. Previous to this role, Jiani was the offering strategy leader and portfolio marketing leader for IBM Internet of Things. With a background in electrical engineering and computer science, Jiani's experience in technology development spans product design to development and management. She also holds expertise in management consulting, specifically advising high tech companies in growth strategy, market strategy, and business transformation. Jiani holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson with emphasis in technology management.

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