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Webinar: Manufacturing Flash Forward: A Preview of 2017's Top 17 Issues, in 17 Minutes

An on-demand IndustryWeek-hosted webinar, sponsored by Infor

Date: This webinar is now available on-demand
Event Type: On-Demand Webinar
Cost: Free

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We've picked three Industry Insiders and challenged them to provide 17 predictions for 2017 in 17 minutes or less.

Why? To underscore the crazy, break-neck speed of change happening in manufacturing. The whirlwind is relentless, dangerous -- and exciting at the same time. Can our experts step up to the challenge? Can you do the same? Does your organization have what it takes to thrive in this highly charged atmosphere?

Join us for this webinar to learn more about the systems, equipment, processes, workforce and IT solutions you'll need as 2017 ramps up and takes off. Hold on tight. Get ready for an exciting year.

Some topics our panelists will address include:

  • Will the skills gap continue to plague manufacturing and what can we do about it?
  • Is digitalization a means to improved productivity or the path to new revenue?
  • How do manufacturers translate data from sensors into automated actions and insights?
  • How can manufacturers overcome risks of commoditization and create differentiation?
  • Should B2B industries care about the customer experience too?

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Brian Raymond
Director, Innovation Policy
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

Brian Raymond is Director, Innovation Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Raymond works with NAM members, the Administration and Congress to shape and advance pro-manufacturing positions on innovation policy issues ranging from intellectual property protection, privacy issues and cyber/data security to connected technology and R&D funding.

Prior to joining NAM, Raymond spent more than eight years in IBM’s Washington office as part of the company’s government relations team, where he led numerous legislative campaigns on issues important to one of the world’s largest information technology companies. He left IBM to launch the government affairs office of NetApp Corporation, a tech company headquartered in Silicon Valley. He began his career at TechAmerica working on domestic policy issues. Immediately before joining the NAM, Raymond was the deputy chief of staff for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives where he was responsible for technology and telecommunications issues.

Mark Humphlett
Senior Director Industry & Product Strategy

With 19 years of experience in technology and more than 25 years in the manufacturing and distribution industry, Mark Humphlett joined the Infor team through an acquisition in 2006. He previously led supply chain solutions marketing and served as a principal business consultant leading presales, solution design, and implementations for several software solutions.

Humphlett also spent three years as the director of supply chain sales and business development in Europe. Prior to entering the technology industry, he held positions with Southern Alloy of America, a division of Metals USA, and Lockheed-Martin. He earned a bachelor's in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Lee Hopley
Chief Economist

Lee Hopley is responsible for developing and communicating our policy thinking to our members, the media, the government and other key policy formers. She leads our work on the economy and industrial policy, dealing with macroeconomic issues and matters relating to productivity and manufacturing competitiveness. Lee also co-ordinates our work on policy issues including investment, tax, innovation, and infrastructure, and oversees its economic forecasting.

Before joining EEF, Hopley worked as an economic adviser to the Scottish National Party in both the Scottish Parliament and the House of Commons.

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This webinar will be conducted using a slides-and-audio format.  After you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the webinar.