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The Factory of the Future-Today

8th October 2019, Detroit

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Location: The Foundation Hotel


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


John Kovac, Director Manufacturing – Industry Solutions Group at Microsoft

John is the Director of Microsoft’s manufacturing business unit. He and his team are responsible for developing and delivering high-impact solutions to empower customers to lead digital transformation of their respective industries.
John brings over 25 years of experience in automotive, chemical, consumer goods, high tech, industrial, and medical device industries. He has expertise in PLM engineering and manufacturing systems, supply chain, B2B eCommerce, analytics and the use of these enabling technologies for performance improvement and business process transformation within large enterprises.
He has his undergraduate degree from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the University of Michigan with a concentration in International Business.
Previously, John has held similar industry leadership roles at Dassault Systems, PTC, Manugistics, HERE Technologies and the SAS Institute. John started his career as a Design Engineer at General Motors.

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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