Apr 282017

Early adopters of interconnected digital technologies in the industrial sector are realizing the benefits of improvements in operational efficiencies, productivity, safety, cost savings, profitability, and customer engagement and satisfaction. These technologies include those related to the IIoT movement such as AI, machine learning, big data, predictive analytics, machine-to-machine communication, and blockchain. Industries in the manufacturing, energy, utilities, automotive, and aviation sectors, to name a few, are capitalizing on investments in these revolutionary technologies.

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal with Guest Editors Patrikakis Charalampos and Jose Barbosa will examine emerging trends and strategies in digital transformation in the industrial sector. How are IIoT, predictive analytics, AI, big data, blockchain, and other technologies being harnessed to gain a competitive edge and forever change the way industries do business? What business strategies are being applied to effectively implement these technologies?

CBTJ also welcomes new examples or breaking case studies of firms that have benefited from implementing intelligent, connected solutions.

Possible discussion points include those stated above and below (but are not limited to):

* What new market opportunities and competitive advantages will firms realize when enabled by digital technologies?

* What are the biggest challenges for firms implementing digital technologies?

* What kinds of challenges and resistance are firms encountering in getting their ecosystem of partners, clients, etc. onboard with the changes successful digital transformation demands, and how are they overcoming these?

* What type of organizational culture and skills are necessary to encourage innovation and make a digital industrial transformation successful?

* What qualities should an industrial leader/executive possess to foster and drive a digital transformation?

* What are some of the basic fundamental steps an organization should take to start transitioning to a connected facility?

* What new cybersecurity risks will be introduced with the increase in connected digital systems?

* How can blockchain technologies counteract these security risks and provide for secure business transactions?

* What new ways are AI, predictive analytics, machine learning, blockchain, etc. being applied in the industrial sector to achieve competitive advantage?

* How could Lean be integrated with trending Industry 4.0 and smart factories paradigms?

* What immediate benefits can be realized by early adopters of digital technologies?

Please respond to Patrikakis Charalampos at bpatr[at]puas[dot]gr with a copy to cgenerali[at]cutter[dot]com and include an extended abstract and a short article outline showing major discussion points.




Christine Generali

Christine Generali is a Group Publisher for Cutter Consortium - responsible for the editorial direction and content management of Cutter's flagship publication, Cutter IT Journal.


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