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The digitization conference for SMEs
 

Patron
Klaus Helmrich
Member of the Managing Board at Siemens AG

Date
September 12 and 13, 2018

Location
ICS International Congresscenter Stuttgart


Event organized by the Institute for Production Management (IPM)

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Thank you for a successful Event!


The digitization conference for SMEs
 

Patron
Klaus Helmrich
Member of the Managing Board at Siemens AG

Date
September 12 and 13, 2018

Location
ICS International Congresscenter Stuttgart


Event organized by the Institute for Production Management (IPM)

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Forum Facts

More than 300 conference participants from management positions of SMEs are expected

Up to 50 exhibitors in the innovation exhibition

6 keynotes, 8 lectures oganized in 4 master classes and 2 Best-Practice lectures

3 workshops, 1 executive outlook, 1 panel discussion

Exhibition tours, flying dinner and full catering provided on both days of the conference

Possibility to present your innovation to every participant of the conference in the exhibition and in the Innovation Guide

Why Attend?

Connect with other participants

Understand the success factors of digitization in SMEs

Understand the success factors for digitization in medium-sized companies

Participate actively in workshops and discussions about the main topic of Germany's and the world's future

Discover innovations in the exhibition

Develop your product and corporate strategy

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Speakers


Leading companies from various industry sectors are going to participate and share their digitization knowledge with all participants of the conference.

Speakers


Leading companies from various industry sectors are going to participate and share their digitization knowledge with all participants of the conference.

Confirmed speakers

 
 
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Conference focus


The conference is structured along 4 strategic development goals of SMEs. These will guide you through the conference.

Conference focus


The conference is structured along 4 strategic development goals of SMEs. These will guide you through the conference.


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Competitiveness and Globalization

"The German SMEs are the backbone of the German economy." This statements hits the nail on the head. Their success and positive influence is due to competitiveness, efficiency, product quality and good service. Therefore, SMEs are becoming increasingly attractive to foreign investors. What impact has digitization on the competitiveness of SMEs? How can SMEs keep operating successfully?


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Change-Management

The advancing automation, cloud-based IT landscapes and the increasing autonomy of intelligent machines are massively changing companies. Digital transformation is both a risk for established business models and an opportunity. Rarely has the need to adapt to these dynamic conditions been greater for companies than it is today. The question is which SMEs will cope with the necessary changes and how innovations can be successfully introduced.


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Competence and Qualification

SMEs benefit from many years of industry knowledge combined with efficient production methods. In the future, virtual reality, cooperating robots and artificial intelligence, for example, will greatly change today's working environments. Many job profiles will disappear or undergo major changes. Foreign companies will acquire the necessary production know-how in form of robots and artificial intelligence on the market. Can small and medium-sized manufacturing companies maintain their position as market leaders against the background of a growing shortage of skilled workers? How do successful companies meet these challenges? And what does it mean for our society when most jobs are no longer carried out by people, but by machines?


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Cloud-based Services & Data Ownership

The digitalization of machines, plants and workstations opens up new possibilities for full system connectivity and associated data collection. Complex data collection and analysis can be accomplished at a site, cross-sites or along the entire value chain. Especially in the latter case, the question of data ownership arises. Who owns which data? Who is allowed to use what? How can data be protected? How does this data change existing business models? How will value creation change within the company and cross-company, in the future?