Center Meetings

2019 Spring Meeting

April 10, 2019  8:30AM - 4:30PM

Indiana Manufacturing Institute


Deploying Digital Enterprise Systems

Spring 2019 Digital Enterprise Center Public Agenda

April 10, 2019

Sponsored by the Digital Enterprise Center and held at the Indiana Manufacturing Institute building


Morning Session

8:00 – 8:30AM

Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:30 – 8:45AM

Welcome, DEC Updates and Meeting Theme


8:45 – 9:45


Implementing Digital Enterprise Systems

The program will start with a panel session covering best known methods from current DE system implementations, how to prepare and execute DE system deployment plans, and how SME anticipate complying with OEM requirements. What are the “ah-hah” that we will see 2-3 years from now? How will the convergence of our different data streams and processes come together to make better organizations?


9:45 – 10:15AM



The Future of Work in a Digital Environment

The presentation will review the expected changes in skills, knowledge and the processes that will enable employees to adapt and add value in a digital design and manufacturing environment.


10:15 – 10:45AM

Break and Networking

10:45 – 11:15AM


The Democratization of Information

The presentation will focus on the technologies and methodologies that will expand the access and use of digital information; analytics and visualization, artificial and physical intelligence, and VR/AR and mixed reality technologies


11:15AM – 12:15PM

Digital Enterprise Readiness

The panelists in this moderated session will present their insights and unique perspectives on the readiness of the manufacturing sector.  Topics that will be covered include workforce readiness, business units where the ability to test DE deployment would be most valuable, highest risk areas for DE system deployment, and supply chain readiness from an SME perspective.


12:15 – 1:45PM

Luncheon Presentation

This presentation covers implementation requirements and best practices, constraints, and impacts to manufacturers for industry sectors and the business units expected to experience the most significant changes to their current practices and organizational structure. We will explore the tension between investing IT funds in the future versus retiring technical debt; results for the next quarter; customer satisfaction. For many leaders, the benefits seem too far away. In addition, suppliers are very sensitive to IT investment or changes in technology to be deployed, as on large, ongoing programs, there is not much interest in changing the way we do business unless it has rather immediate benefits. How do organizations handle the organizational tension between current production and future technology investment?


1:45 – 2:45PM

Continuous Digital Value Streams: Challenges and Opportunities

The panelists in this session will provide their views on a variety of topics that will impact the ability of companies to efficiently and effectively implement DE technologies, including: cybersecurity concerns, employee roles and responsibilities (e.g., off-hours obligations), opportunities for SMEs, and sustainment over the product lifecycle.


2:45 – 3:15PM

Break and Networking

3:15 – 4:15PM

Impact of Digital Enterprise Systems on User Interfaces and Experiences

The user experience provided by manufacturing sector companies to their workforces is starkly different from, but needs to become more like, the user experience provided by consumer-oriented businesses to those same workers in their roles as consumers. The panelists in this session will provide their inputs into the changes that will need to be made to industrial UI/UX applications to maintain and improve operational efficiencies.


4:15 – 4:45PM

How PLM Supports the Digital Value Stream

This presentation will discuss the role of traditional PLM tools, methods, and systems will be needed, and need to evolve, to support the digital value stream.


4:45 – 5:00PM

Concluding Remarks





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