The IT Executive Exchange (ITEE) is a forum for IT Executives and College of Business Administration professors at The University of Akron. Meetings take place every six to eight weeks to discuss pressing and leading edge issues.

The purpose of this forum is to have a healthy exchange of ideas that will be useful to all attendees. It is sponsored by the Center for Information Technologies and eBusiness (CITe) of the University of Akron’s College of Business Administration.

Come join us at the next IT Executive Exchange Meeting

Industry 4.0: What happens when everything has intelligence?

Friday, September 15, 2017; 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm;

Location: Murphy room, College of Business Administration.

Moderator: Dr. Bill McHenry

Special Guest: Bob Scacia, President and CEO, USA Firmware

Sponsored by: Center for IT & eBusiness (CITe)

In the early days of the industrial revolution, power came from streams and each manufacturer exploited it through means such as gears, rods, pistons, and steam generators. This drastically limited options for setting up production and led to the prevalence of "land" as a factor of production.

Now in the 21st century, more and more of the elements of production are becoming programmable. As Bernard Marr states, "Industry 4.0" is bringing us "robotics connected remotely to computer systems equipped with machine learning algorithms that can learn and control the robotics with very little input from human operators."
"Smart factories" will use "cyber-physical systems [to] monitor the physical processes of the factory and make decentralized decisions." For example: Algorithms working within the Internet of Things, will monitor and diagnose possible failures, and even carry out fixes. Add drones to move things around, and even the sky is not the limit.

If you think this is far in the future, or far from here, think again. "Cincinnati ... has declared itself an 'Industry 4.0 demonstration city' (Marr).” What steps are you taking, or thinking about taking, to realize Industry 4.0 in your facilities or exploit it amongst your suppliers? How will IT need to change in order to support Industry 4.0? Come share your experiences and ponder the radical changes that will emerge in the near future at the next IT Executive Exchange meeting. If you are interested in attending the meeting, please email Rachana Asapu at ra99@zips.uakron.edu

If you are interested in attending the meeting, please email Rachana Asapu at ra99@zips.uakron.edu


Previous Discussion Topics:

May 2017 Your Biggest Threat is Not Who You Think It Is (or is it?)
March 2017 Is It Time to Blow Up the IT Org Chart?
January 2017 Are "Lean" and "Agile" a crash diet for IT? How to Get Long-Term Results and Drive Costs from IT and Other Business Processes.

November 2016 We, Robot? How are we shaped by technology?
September 2016 The Future is on Cloud Nine
May 2016 IT Talent Lifecycle Management in an Age of Rapid Change
April 2016 Chief Digital Officer: What is the Reality?
January 2016 Is Your Business About to be Disrupted?

November 2015 New Challenges with Mobile Technologies
September 2015 Reconsidering Outsourcing Decisions
May 2015 Are you ready for a Data Scientist?
March 2015 Security: Who will get hacked next?
January 2015 Do you know where your business rules are?

November 2014 Cybercrime – Are the criminals winning?
September 2014 Cloudy with a Chance of Services
May 2014 Disaster Recovery Revisited
March 2014 Windows 8 Deployment
January 2014 BYOD

November 2013 IT Portfolio Management
September 2013 Does CIO Still Mean "Career Is Over"?
May 2013 The Internet of Things
March 2013 Mobile Software Development
January 2013 Help and Service Desks

November 2012 Business Analytics
September 2012 Using Social Media
June 2012 IT/IS Talent Management Report Card: Where are we, and where do we need to go
March 2012 RAPM: Rapid Analysis Portfolio Management
January 2012 Striking the Right Balance: “Hard” and “Soft” Skills in IT and the Careers

November 2011 Going Rogue IT Style
September 2011 Delivering and Promoting Innovative Business Value
June 2011 Virtualization: Performance and Prospects
April 2011 The Consumerization of IT and Implications for the Organization
February 2011 The Collaboration Challenge

November 2010 Assimilating Mobile and Consumer Devices into the IT Infrastructure
September 2010 Is Your Company Ready for Windows 7 and Office 2010 Deployment?
May 2010 ITIL and COBIT
March 2010 Learning From Our Best and Worst IT Practices
January 2010 Managing IT Innovation (Summary will be available soon)

November 2009 Security
September 2009 New Communication Methods
June 2009 Leveraging Cloud Computing
March 2009 Open Source Software
January 2009 Effective benchmarks IT can use to gauge success

November 2008 What do new graduates expect from employers?
September 2008 Telecommuting
July 2008 Business Intelligence
May 2008 Mobility and Mobile Computing
April 2008 Social Networks
February 2008 Strategic Outsourcing

November 2007 Virtualization
September 2007 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity: What have we learned?
May 2007 E-discovery: IT's responsibility for Information Retention and Destruction
March 2007 Collaboration Tools in Microsoft Office 2007
January 2007 Plans for Vista and Office 2007

October 2006 Strategies & Techniques for Making the IT Dollar Go Farther
August 2006 How to Market IT to Internal Business/Organization
June 2006 IT Skills and IT Education
April 2006 Data Modeling, Quality & Security
March 2006 Service Oriented Architecture
January 2006 Emerging Technologies

November 2005 IT Recruiting and Retention
September 2005 New Programming Methodologies
April 2005 Business Continuity Planning
July 2005 Project Management Office
February 2005 Portfolio Management

December 2004 Vendor Management
October 2004 IT Governance, Business Alignment and IT Vision
August 2004 Security