Keynote Presentations —


Manufacturing's New Digital Divide - John Brandt
How Digital Leaders Are Profiting from the Internet of Things — While Others Fall Behind

There’s a growing divide in manufacturing between Digital Profit Leaders — those leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) for higher profits now — and Digital Profit Laggards, who are stuck somewhere back in the 20th century.

Which side are you on?

In Manufacturing’s New Digital Divide: How Digital Leaders Are Profiting from the Internet of Things — While Others Fall Behind, MPI CEO John Brandt will draw on his firm’s ground-breaking IoT research to detail specific strategies and improvement tactics that work hand-in-hand with the IoT to achieve operational excellence. Brandt will also explore case studies that illustrate how to deploy these strategies at manufacturers both large and small. Key themes and topics include:

  • THINK DIFFERENTLY: It's no surprise that having a plan for any venture — whether a poker hand, a football game, a lemonade stand, or the IoT — is better than not having a plan. That wisdom is borne out by the facts that:

    • 65% of Digital ProcessProfit Leaders — those who increased profits by more than 5% last year by leveraging the IoT within their facilities and offices — have an IoT process strategy in place and implemented. In contrast, only 19% of all other manufacturers have a plan in action.

  • INVEST DIFFERENTLY: It's not enough to have a plan; you have to back it with real money:

    • 72% of Digital ProductProfit Leaders invested more than 5% of sales into IoT-enabled product development last year. Just 14% of other manufacturers kept that pace.

  • MANAGE DIFFERENTLY: If you plan and invest, all that’s left is to execute well:

    • 80% of Digital ProcessProfit Leaders increased productivity via the IoT by more than 5% last year. Only 21% of all other manufacturers equaled that achievement.

There’s no longer any mystery about who's on the right side of manufacturing’s new digital divide – or why. It's the Digital Profit Leaders who think, invest, and manage differently than their analog peers.

Don’t miss this chance to digitally improve your productivity and profitability!

The State of Manufacturing - Tony Richards

With Industry 4.0 right around the corner (or maybe it’s already here) manufacturing is about to make an exponential leap forward. We’ve seen industrial revolutions before—three of them, in fact—but somehow the fourth industrial revolution seems different as the last three industrial revolutions have essentially taken place on a linear path, but the pace at which technology is advancing—particularly in the last few decades—isn’t linear; it’s exponential.”

We will look at the critical indicators in manufacturing, including nanotechnology, biotechnology, next generation digital, open innovation and crowdsourcing, future of manufacturing, logistics, telecommunications.  What does it all mean for tomorrow's consumers, innovators, entrepreneurs and manufacturers?

ChampionsCodeTitleSlide.pngThe Champion's Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World - Ross Bernstein
The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance hall of fame business speaker who's keynoted conferences on five continents and has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. Ross' program is based on a series of books he wrote in which he was able to interview more than 500 professional athletes and coaches that all had one thing in common — they were all members of championship teams.

In his research he concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common
among champions in sports, were also common in peak performers in business. As he
learned, champions have a very unique DNA — and his goal in this keynote session is to get
audience members thinking about their own DNA — and about the DIFFERENTIATORS they
possess which would ultimately lead customers to CHOOSE to do business with them. At the
core of his message is the simple fact that we like to do business with people who we trust,
who we like, and who just “get it” — CHAMPIONS. In an engaging, provocative, and visually
entertaining style, Ross will use inspirational stories and poignant life lessons from the world
of sports to show attendees how to:
• Create a “culture of excellence” by giving extraordinary customer service…
• Generate momentum by utilizing the "currency of karma"...
• Follow their moral compasses to win "the right way," with respect and integrity...
• Be better leaders and create more "buy-in" by embracing change and failure...
• Evolve from "order takers" to "trusted partners" by enhancing the quality of their


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