Armin Prommersberger

Artificial Intelligence Applied

HARMAN has developed “Sherlock” – an AI colleague that completely redefines the innovation management workflow in the Lifestyle Audio Division. Sherlock is trained to identify the valuable information out of the plethora of data created every minute around the world, carry out targeted market research and provide guidance on the prospects of future projects based on data, thus replacing the lengthy manual technology scouting process focused on a few individuals with predictive analytics. Furthermore, as the results are transparent and shared on the intranet, it allows for deeper collaboration within all team members and further streamlines the development process.

Topics covered in this interview include:

  • How to build a business case for AI
  • Avoiding the main pitfalls when implementing AI
  • To what extent is AI going to affect an organisation's business culture?

Peter Stewart

Interview - Using Digital to Create Value: A CIO’s Perspective

With the key objective of digital transformation being the creation of value as an extension of the existing business, utilising digital tools is key to build a sustainable, competitive enterprise of the future. Digital presents now new opportunities to both enhance and transform businesses. But achieving real value requires a clear vision, engaged business partners and a lot of change management.

Topics covered in this interview include:

  • Digital opportunities tied to value creation
  • Bridging the gap between business and IT
  • Managing change, influencing and leading people

Tim Gieske, Jaswinder Walia

Executing a Fully Fledged Digital Business Transformation

GE Aviation joined PI in 2015 to discuss the foundation of their digital vision and strategy which centered very much around the alignment of their engineering processes. With data residing in multiple places and formats globally, consolidating this information into one place to maximize speed, visibility and efficiency, was near impossible. That is, they hoped, until they embarked on their digital transformation journey which leveraged GE’s parent company success within the Industrial Internet space.

A year on, and after an aggressive execution, they are now aligning their efforts not just with digital engineering practices but with an entire, fully digital organization. Armed with a year's worth of successes, challenges and practical applications, the team return to continue their story.

This session covers:

  • Broadening product lifecycle management to be inclusive of data analytics and business intelligence
  • How successfully has the strategy been translated from plans on paper to a practical, digital reality?
  • What are the digital business initiatives that have been created and how have they been set out?
  • Exploring the process re-imagination effort across the digital business
  • Creating digital lakes across all systems to better store, manage and surface insights from connected machines
  • Aligning data management with business outcome
  • Digital Thread Engineering - how do we understand information and how engineers consume it?
  • Extracting the PLM piece from traditional software to create a more contemporary view of the product lifecycle

Hayder Wokil

Connected Vehicles at Volvo Trucks

In this interview Hayder Wokil, the Mobility and Automation Director at Volvo Trucks explains how Volvo exploits the benefits of connectivity to develop customised trucks and services for their customers.

He foresees that trucks will be able to monitor their own health in real-time, promoting easier and quicker service which would lead to higher productivity for all concerned – drivers, workshops and haulage firms.

Furthemore, synchronising the service needs with the truck’s operating timetable the nearest workshop will be booked at a time when the vehicle would not normally be in operation, for instance at night or when the driver has to take a legislated break.

As the connectivity potential for trucks continues developing, vehicles will be able to be specified to suit not only each individual customer but also every single operation to maximise cost efficiencies.

Mark Halbish

Business Intelligence Tools for an Accurate 'Anywhere, Anytime' Business Strategy

Successful companies are those that maximize their visibility, mobility and profitability from the C-suite level. Markets are volatile and to stay ahead of the competition, it is essential that key stakeholders and decision makers have accurate, timely and transparent data upon which to act. While for a long time PLM was heralded as the must-have technology, in reality it has not provided the senior management easy access to the information they need.

Mark Halbish joins PI to discuss:

  • Why PLM failed as the C-suite tool of choice
  • Analyzing Business Intelligence platforms for an appropriate enterprise-wide tool
  • Business Intelligence as the 'company soul' - having accurate reporting/dashboarding functionality for an 'anywhere, anytime' business data strategy
  • Extracting knowledge from PLM into BI in a more useable format
  • Creating a cohesive view of data flow from key business areas that in turn become merged and integrated
  • Standardizing data collection and analysis for a holistic view across the value chain - sales, purchasing, HR, sourcing, product development, PLM and ERP
  • Accurately pinpointing red flags and acting quickly to resolve them
  • Protecting company margins and profitability