How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?
What sub-topics are you most passionate about?
The essential role of humans within our future smart manufacturing systems. I strongly believe that the opportunities afforded by digital smart technologies allow us to free the operator from dark, dirty, and dangerous tasks (and the equivalent for mental work leading to stress, boredom, burnout, etc. ) and allow us to focus on human ingenuity, problem-solving, and creativity to push the boundaries of what is thought possible.
Another topic I am very passionate about is how to support small- and medium-sized manufacturers in their quest towards adopting smart manufacturing. Without the massive (IT and financial) resources of large organizations, these companies need solutions with lower barriers and clear ROIs to help them overcome the new ‘digital divide’ and remain competitive. This is ever more important as 99% of the 291K manufacturers in the US have fewer than 500 employees. Virtually every supply chain depends on small- and medium-sized enterprises and thus it is of vital importance as a nation to support them remain competitive.
Who influences you within these topics?
What challenges are brands facing in this space?
If brands mean manufacturing companies in this context, we live in a crucial time that will define one competitive standing for years to come. Digital transformation is here to stay and companies need to embrace it or be left behind.
What do you think the future holds in this space?
This field developed with even more pace and we see tremendous development across a variety of topics. If I have to pick one, I’d say sustainability and how we can embrace all three aspects – social, economic, and environmental – within the frame of the ongoing digital transformation will be crucial moving forward.
What brands are leading the way in this space?
Sustainability is a topic that has been ‘around for a while and many brands/companies publish sustainability reports. However, moving forward, that is not enough – embracing the challenge holistically and actually overcoming the notion of it being ‘a challenge’ and treating it as an opportunity will differentiate winners from losers.
If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?
I am fairly open to working with companies and other organizations as long as there is a mutual benefit and value. I have engaged with podcasts, webinars, whitepapers, as well as a keynote speaker at events or in more intimate internal training. Happy to discuss this with an open mind.
What are your passions outside of work?
What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?
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