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The Factory of the Future-Today

11th September 2019, Chicago

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Location: Tortoise Supper Club


The Digital world isn’t coming-it’s here, and companies not embracing it are being left behind.  The Power of Three” Alliance of Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade is the perfect partnership to enable manufacturers to harness the power of Digital to revolutionize your business.  This is not a technology event, this is a business event, in which business executives from leading manufacturing companies will have an opportunity to meet with Po3 industry and technology thought leaders in a small, interactive, business focused environment.  Manufacturing executives will have a chance to learn how Digital technologies can be leveraged to help them transform their business by speeding innovation, improving operational efficiency, connecting with your customer, opening new markets, and helping close the talent gap.  Manufacturing executives will hear from their peers and industry experts about how they can successfully incorporate digital technologies in their business.


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Drinks Reception
6:30 – 6:40 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
6:40 – 7:00 pm – Keynote Speaker
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Wrap up and closing remarks

Discussion Topics

  • How a Connected Factory Can Reduce Operational Costs and Drive Innovation
  • IoT, Machine Learning and AI-More than Buzzwords for Manufacturers
  • How to Succeed in Your Digital Transformation Journey

Keynote Speaker


Richard Smith, Vice President Product and Services Division at Komatsu America Corp.

Rich has been with Komatsu America for twenty-nine years, beginning his career in 1990 in manufacturing. He has served in a variety of functions at Komatsu including manufacturing, product support, contract administration, technical support and product marketing. Rich’s wide range of experience has been of particular value in new product development and expanding business into new markets. Rich previously was on the on the National Mining Association Board of Directors, is a former President of National Mining Association Manufacturers and Services Board of Governors and is also on the Board of Directors of the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance. Rich is a Business Administration and Management, Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society for AACSB accredited Business Colleges.


About Avanade

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals bring bold, fresh thinking combined with technology, business and industry expertise to help fuel transformation and growth for our clients and their customers. Avanade has 30,000 digitally connected people across 23 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation.

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