In addition to my job as Editor-in-Chief of Automation World, I'm also responsible for developing content for The Automation Conference. So whenever I see someone else posting about the conference—as Chris Jones from tna did after last year's conference—it helps reinforce the decisions I make about the presentations to feature at the conference.
The latest outside post I've seen about the upcoming 2014 conference came from Chet Namboodri of Cisco. In his Cisco blog post he wrote:
Last week, I got a great response to a blog on ‘Making Smarter Manufacturing and IoT (Internet of Things) a Reality Today’, where I illustrated some use-case business scenarios and strategies to leverage the IoT industry trends now. One way savvy manufacturers, industrial companies and supply chain and operations teams stay current with evolving trends like IoT is to send their key players to industry educational and networking opportunities. One such opportunity to learn how to better leverage IoT for improved real-time decision support, amongst many other benefits, is coming up. The Automation Conference is a professional, educational event hosted by the editors of Automation World and Packaging World and is happening at the Chicago O’Hare Marriott from May 20th to 21st.
Cisco is proud to be one of the sponsors at this event, which is focused on delivering practical application advice and visionary insights for automation and control engineers, operations and engineering management, manufacturing systems/IT and networking professionals, as well as industrial systems engineers, machinery designers and software development professionals involved with discrete and process industries and production operations. Many of these industry leaders are wrestling with not just how to leverage IoT, but also key manufacturing issues and opportunities around industrial cybersecurity in production operations, reducing costs, improving efficiences, building new business capabilities and revenue streams and addressing skills gaps.
I hope to see you in Chicago on May 21st.
I hope to see you there, too. If you want to know more about the conference and register for it -- visit www.theautomationconference.com