Be ready to Scale Digital for Manufacturing 4.0
Through Challenging Times

Virtual Conference sponsored by Hitachi Vantara

May 21st, 2020

11:00 AM ET

What you'll learn:

Be ready to Scale Digital for Manufacturing 4.0

We live in volatile times and manufacturing challenges have never been greater.

Will you be ready to run when the next expansion happens?

How do you determine the best outcomes to focus on the associated ROI?

Is there a plan for business process alignment, change management bridging gaps in  IT & OT?

Are your processes and operations scalable, immune to market upsets and future proof?

Having a partner who understands your business, because they are a manufacturer too, is invaluable. Attend this on-line event to learn from the experts and profit from Japanese manufacturing know-how.


Welcome Introduction


Ed Lane – Sr. Marketing Programs Manager at Hitachi Vantara

Fabio Raffo

Current state of manufacturing


Fabio Raffo – Associate Director for Industrial Software Research, InformaTech; Omdia Research

In this sessions, we will explore:

– Navigating the new normal: Current state of manufacturing

– The true value and benchmark ROI of IoT Solutions in Discrete


James Destro

Leverage Hitachi Vantara’s Lumada digital solutions for Manufacturing


James Destro – General Manager, Manufacturing Practice, Hitachi Vantara

This session will outline:

– How to thrive in the New World of Manufacturing using Hitachi manufacturing experience and asset-based consulting

– Best practice guide to see how manufacturers can transform to reach Industry 4.0 standards using the internet of things (IoT) and smart manufacturing

– How Hitachi Vantara can help create smart factories, improve safety and raise process efficiency using remote assessment service during pandemic

– New opportunities for workers and companies to thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic

Customer Examples – The art of the possible


S’ad Kanan



Sa’d Kanan – VP, Global Lead Automotive, Hitachi Vantara

Trever White



Trever White –  General Manager, Information Systems, Toyota

Ron Lumsdon



Ron Lumsdon –  Infrastructure Architech, Maple Leaf Foods

Gianfranco Messina



Gianfranco Messina – Digital Transformation Officer, Hitachi Rail

Steve Garbrecht

Digital Transformation Q&A


Steve Garbrecht – Director of Solutions Marketing – IoT and Manufacturing Digital Solutions, Hitachi Vantara


Fabio Raffo, James Destro, Sa’d Kanan, Trever White, Ron Lumsdon, Giafranco Messina

Closing remarks



Lucian Fogoros – Co-Founder, IIoT World



Ed Lane – Sr. Marketing Programs Manager at Hitachi Vantara


Industry Analyst leading the Industrial Software research at Informa Tech. Fabio tracks the impact of digital trends and technologies associated with the fourth industrial revolution of the manufacturing ecosystem. A passionate subject matter expert, he brings 15+ years of industry software experience from IHS Markit and Siemens.

James Destro currently heads the Manufacturing Practice at Hitachi Vantara. His practice focuses on delivering high value outcomes through deep domain consulting and digital solutions that leverage advanced analytics to Hitachi’s manufacturing customers globally. James’ background includes more than 20 years of industrial digital solutions

Sa’d is an IIoT expert at Practice development, Strategic planning, Business strategy, IT strategy, Enterprise Architecture, SOA, Cloud Computing, Agile and Iterative application development, Managed Services, Offshore application development, ecommerce and portals and has been at Hitachi for 14 years.

Trevor has over 20 years of experience at Toyota and is currently responsible for Regional Application Development of Automotive Business Systems which includes Pre-production Design & Engineering, Supply Chain, Plant Production Administration, Production Preparation, and Mfg Execution Systems (MES).

His current focus is centered on digital disruption and IoT initiatives across Maple Leaf Foods. Ron is an Infrastructure expert with over 20 years of IT experience covering a wide range of technologies from networking, security, VM technologies, hyper-converged

Gianfranco manages one of the most important digital transformation projects in Italy. Hitachi Rail is a lighthouse in Italy for innovation and he enjoys sharing his passion for technology and operations management-based solutions with others.

Value added and thoughtful leader focused on helping IT managers to understand the world of operations technology and OT managers to understand the new capabilities that IT brings to the world of IoT. It is my belief that by helping the two teams to work together, we can accomplish great

Marketing professional with 15+ years experience managing online marketing efforts aimed at driving customer acquisition and retention for global audiences. I offer a unique blend of technical, creative, analytic, and project management expertise. I can optimize your marketing spend across multiple channels to cost-effectively identify new opportunities for growth and