The cloud has become part of our everyday life; from online banking through enterprise resource planning applications, you may be using some form of “cloud” based system. Taking these systems and turning them into useful tools for manufacturing is still in its infancy, but it’s becoming more prevalent as the technology, and products, become adapted to the needs of the industrial automation user.
Microsoft and Invensys have joined forces to provide industrial software based on Azure Cloud Technology. We’ll share our vision, and show how incremental steps, such as virtualization, offers you a pathway. Lastly, Rick Moulton of Construction Resources Management will share his experiences using a cloud-based decision support system from SmartGlance, an Invensys endorsed partner solution.
A Q&A session moderated by Automation World's Editor-in-Chief, Gary Mintchell, immediately follows the presentation.
Paul Steen, Business Development Manager, US Developer & Platform Evangelism
Paul Steen manages a select group of Microsoft’s independent software vendor (ISV) partners – several of whom are involved in manufacturing industries. A member of the Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism team, Paul is responsible for driving overall partner satisfaction, as well as engagement with Microsoft field sales, technical, and marketing teams. Paul has spent over 15 years in the software development business – predominantly in marketing and business development roles. Prior to joining Microsoft about 5 years ago, he spent 9 years with HighJump Software, a supply chain execution vendor focusing on warehouse management, plant floor data collection, and direct-store-delivery solutions. His latest role was vice president of global marketing, where he was responsible for the company’s messaging, promotion, and lead generation activities while also managing their relationship with Microsoft. Prior to HighJump, Paul was engaged in product management and marketing roles in telecom and medical device industries. Paul earned his BA in economics and political science from St. Olaf College, and his MBA in marketing and strategic management from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Rob McGreevy, Vice President Product Management, (Wonderware, Invensys Operations Management)
Rob is responsible for defining and executing the Software product strategy for the platform and applications team within Invensys Operations Management. Platform and Applications includes the Wonderware brand HMI and Supervisory, Execution and Operations (MES) as well as Information and Intelligence applications. Rob comes to Invensys with over 15 years of experience working in the software business with a focus on manufacturing and industrial applications, serving markets such as water, food, beverage, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing. He has held positions within sales, product marketing and business management for various companies within the SCADA HMI, Historian and MES markets. Rob is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he studied Computer Science and Journalism & Communications.
Rick Moulton is the Supervisor for Plant Systems and Automation with Construction Resources Management Inc.
(www.jobscrm.com) of Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is in charge of the process control systems and IT systems for all of the asphalt plants owned and operated by Northeast Asphalt, Inc. (www.neasphalt.com) and Payne and Dolan, Inc. (www.payneanddolan.com).