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Building Your Digital Transformation Roadmap

23rd May 2017, Chicago

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Venue: Zed451 


While “Digital Industrial” might just sound like a buzzword, to GE it has a very specific meaning. We believe all industrials need to leverage Digital to reshape their core capabilities.

The first area to leverage Digital is to create Digital Twins of your key assets and the critical processes that run through these assets. Digital Twins are continuously evolving, multi layered digital representations of the physical world.

Digital Twins give you realtime capabilities to adjust they way you work. With Digital Twins as the foundation, you can rapidly reconfigure your operations at a fraction of the previous time.

Next, you connect these Digital Twins to create a Digital Thread that’s woven thru all of the information & data flows for how you design, build, and service your products.

Digital Twins & a Digital Thread provide you with much needed operational agility. Without this operational agility, we believe it’s virtually impossible to have business model agility.

And business model agility & innovation has to run thru the plant floor – you have to be nimble & flexible to deal with whatever the market throws at you.


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Reception & Cocktails
6:30 – 7:05 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies & Keynote Speaker
7:05 – 8:15 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
8:15 – 9:30 pm – Wrap up, closing remarks from GE Digital  & Networking

Discussion Topics

  • Digital Twin: How your supply chain can implement its own Digital Twin
  • Digital Thread: How do you build out communication framework to ensure connected data points and integrated views?
  • Business Model Innovation: How do you create the OT and IT Capabilities that enable innovation?

Keynote Speaker


Vic Kingery, Senior Director – Manufacturing Industries at GE Digital

Vic is GE Digital’s Manufacturing Industries Leader.  He has over 30 years of manufacturing IT and OT (operations technology) experience in Operational Excellence with manufacturing companies across the globe.  He is a key thought leader within GE Digital, specializing in manufacturing operations.  Vic is helping drive industry solution requirements for the GE Digital products, while leading engagements with analysts, industry experts, customers and expert media publications.

Vic’s career spans Supply Chain Management (SCM), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Environment Health and Safety (EH&S) and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems in discrete and process industries, including, automotive/heavy truck, industrial machine and components, oil & gas, utilities, aviation and aerospace & defense, chemical, bio-med, and high-tech electronics.

He is an expert in Lean manufacturing processes, including Toyota Production System (TPS), Theory of Constraints (TOC), Demand Flow Technology (DFT), Level (Heijunka) scheduling and sequencing techniques such as CONWIP, POLCA and other visual/pull techniques, and he is experienced in Six Sigma systems.

Vic joined GE in January of 2015 after serving 10 years with SAP, most recently as Chief Business Architect with the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Operations.  Vic developed and authored a next generation reference architecture model for Enterprise Operations Management (EOM). A model that includes the Industrial Internet and Machine to Machine (Industry 4.0), social media contextualization, big data and analytics, cloud, mobility and in-memory database technologies.

Prior to SAP Vic worked with IBM.  Vic started his manufacturing career in the steel fabrication and processing business and worked his way up from production operator to plant manager and then as VP of Quality designed and deployed several Operational Efficiency programs which resulted in numerous cost savings and productivity improvements, including over 25% decrease in cost of goods sold.

Vic studied computer science at Parks Technical College, quality systems at Madonna University and completed an Executive MBA program with Michigan State University’s Extension program. He is an APICS certified CPIM, certified Quality Engineer, and a private pilot with commercial rating.

About GE Digital

GE Digital connects streams of machine data to powerful analytics and people, providing industrial companies with valuable insights to manage assets and operations more efficiently. World-class talent and software capabilities help drive digital industrial transformation for big gains in productivity, availability and longevity. We do this by leveraging Predix, our cloud-based operating system, purpose built for the unique needs of industry.

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