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Webinar: Transforming Manufacturing for Growth: Gaining a Competitive Advantage with IoT

An On-Demand IndustryWeek-hosted webinar, sponsored by Sierra Wireless

Date: This webinar is available on-demand.
Originally Broadcast: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -4, New York)
Duration: 1 Hour
Event Type: On-Demand Webinar
Cost: Free

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Industrial IoT is ushering in a new era of vastly improved performance in the world of supply chain management, production process and ‘smart factories’. The IIoT is helping companies improve productivity and safety while increasing engagement, differentiating their offering, and generating new revenue streams. Those leveraging IIoT technologies including cellular connectivity are far more efficient, productive and profitable than their non-connected counterparts—providing them a distinct competitive advantage.

Join IndustryWeek and Sierra Wireless for this 60-minute webinar and discover the foundational layers and complex collection of technologies that are required to get started with smart connectivity to generate, process and use machines for a competitive advantage in industrial business, using IoT.

Our panel of industry experts will explore:

  • Current and future trends in Industrial IoT
  • Real-life examples of how IoT is transforming manufacturing businesses
  • Getting started for determining the ‘right’ IoT strategy for you
  • Recommendations for working with the right solution providers
  • Future-proofing your business for a competitive advantage



Vaibhav J. Parmar, Partner, PwC

Vaibhav is Partner in PwC’s Technology Consulting organization, focused on IoT, Cloud, and Software Defined Networks.  He has 20 years of experience in sales, business development and client service delivery of technology advisory, consulting, systems integration and managed services projects globally.  His specialties include technology infrastructure (telecom / networks, cloud, data centers, service management), emerging technologies (automation, analytics, mobility, Internet of Things), and cybersecurity. 

Vaibhav has worked with clients in the telecom, mobile, cable, high tech, energy, utilities, mining, hospitality, retail and transportation industries.  His experiences include strategy development, assessments, technology infrastructure design and implementation, business case development, mobility enablement and applications, technology and product development, and systems operations and management.  Vaibhav has spoken at industry conferences such as DistribuTECH, UTC Telecom, CTIA Wireless, WiMAX Forum, and TeleManagement Forum, and has participated in industry organizations such as FCC, IEEE, Utilities Telecom Council and WiMAX Forum.

Vaibhav holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta USA.

Vijay Ujjain, Director, IoT Lab, Emerging Technology, PwC

Vijay leads the IoT Team for the Emerging Technology Lab at PwC.  He has a passion for developing innovative technology solutions and building prototypes. Vijay joined PwC with over 20 years of experience with wireless, cybersecurity and network design areas. He is recognized by peers as a leader in the Internet of Things (IoT), broadband wireless (LTE) and Low Power Sensor Networks space. He provided leadership to engineering teams at a pivotal time in transition to a scalable, cloud based architecture and connecting sensors to the cloud. Vijay has extensive experience with end-to-end aspects of IoT incl. distributed architectures for edge computing.

Previously, Vijay was VP  Product Management at Proximetry till its acquisition. He also led the efforts on standardization of Smart Grid Security architecture, content transfer for aviation systems and optimization of multi-mode wireless systems. Career includes senior engineering roles at Freescale Semiconductor, Ingenu, and Motorola.

Juliane Stephan, Director Ops Strategy, Smart Factory, PwC

Juliane is a Director with PwC Strategy& based out of Chicago and brings more than six years of consulting experience in operations strategy and digital transformation across the industrial and automotive sectors. She co-leads PwC’s Smart Factory team in the US. Her focus is on supporting industrial clients with their digital transformation journey. Applying an outcomes-back approach, she works with her clients to identify how emerging and digital technologies can help solve problems in new ways to create measureable business value. She works on improving plant performance and its strategic implications on operating and business models.

Juliane is a member of the Industrial Internet of Things Consortium’s Smart Factory group, and the Internet of Things Council. She has lived and worked in countries across the globe including the US, Germany, Spain, China, India and Japan. Juliane holds a Masters in Management from CEMS and a Master of Science in International Management from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Tom Mueller, VP Product, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless

Tom Mueller is Vice President of Product for the Enterprise Business Unit of Sierra Wireless. Tom has over 30 years of industrial experience in communications, industrial automation and cyber security. Tom has an extensive knowledge of global infrastructure industries and a deep understanding of critical control systems and the communication systems that enable them to function. His diverse industrial experience gives him a unique perspective making him a natural point of contact within the industry to discuss mission critical communication needs for harsh industrial applications in enterprise networking solutions.

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