In this ever-changing world, a Knowledge club is like a seed of a vision which magnifies with the enthusiasm & aspiration of providing the region with something unique and exceptional be it for start-ups or big organizations.
In order to cater the needs of the above the mission of the C4i4 Knowledge Club is to provide a forum for discussion on various aspects of Industry 4.0 with experts from around the world.
MR ANAND SHARMA
Founder and Chairman of Growth Advisory, LLC, USA
Mr. Anand Sharma, Founder and Chairman of Growth Advisory, LLC, USA was the guest speaker at the fourth session of the Knowledge Club series conducted at C4i4 lab. He is a very renowned face in the industry and has over the years carved a niche for himself. Leadership and change management comes hand in hand and thus according to Forbes, there are three leadership skills critical for driving change and they are: Leading the Change, Responding to Feedback & Facilitative Communication Style. Mr. Sharma too talked on the similar lines by talking about how to ease people into the system.
He began the session by talking about Toyota and its production system. What are the various challenges that come along with it be it in terms of working or in terms of creating a work-life balance. He then moved onto the Leadership models of perpetual growth, wherein he talked about the mission and core values and enlightened the crowd with examples of Google as well as TBM.
Mr. Sharma made sure that the audience not only learns but also enjoys the session and hence he was very interactive as well as inquisitive at the same time. His next topic of discussion was “Strategy”. In order to make things visually more attractive he showed the audience the implementation chart for the same. This next lead to the very birth of Strategy deployment. He talked about it at length and introduced the crowd to “Fakuda’s Strategy Deployment Matrix” & “Strategy deployment project bowling chart”. He also hammered the core issue stating as to why companies fall short of strategy and how we can solve it which lead to the next leg of the session and that was “strategy deployment process” & “Corporate strategy deployment process”. He also helped them with “Strategy deployment x matrix for execution with certainty”.
In the last leg of the session he talked about standardized dashboards for KPI’s. He also discussed about the root causes of failure and its possible counter measures. Since there is always a second thought about whether to go with counter measures or re planning, he took into account the same and quenched many queries. He ended the session on a high note after discussion about three case studies from : Vermeer; WIKA & HUBBELL.
MR ANAND KHOT
HR Leader IBM
Mr Anand Khot ,HR Leader IBM was the speaker at the third edition of C4i4. The theme of the forum was HR 4.0, Perspective in a digital world. Industry 4.0 as many pre-assume is not only about how we can enhance its usage but also deals with how it impacts and deals with HR, be it soft HR or hard HR. Mr. Anand Khot with his immense knowledge about both the fields talked about how it has over the past few years made its way into the corporate world and all its sectors. He talked about it being a journey rather than a destination and through this journey we have come across IoT, Robotics, Big data and more. The rise in this new way of being has lead to automation of human tasks and thus these advanced technologies have created new opportunities. He talked about how strat-ups have started to become a competition, even if their ways are not as developed as those of the well settled companies, and this is during this time that from the HR perspective Talent management strategies goes for a toss. He even talked about how innovations are disrupting traditional industry leaders. Talking about the next phase in the HR journey Mr. Anand Khot emphasised on the recent advances and they were AI, robotics and predictive learning. He talked about how over the period of time we have surpassed B to B or B to C and have moved on to E to E i.e everyone to everyone economy and thus Hr too has changed from being digital to being cognitive. He talked about how HR 4.0 is a subject of Industry 4.0 and thus its not required to be taken separately, as the timelines for the arrival of Industry 4.0 and change in HR from Digital to cognitive happened hand in hand. He then went on to explain how gradually one can move forward to having a better HR aspect and help Industry 4.0 flourish better. The session all in all was very fruitful in terms of knowledge sharing, aspects as well as recent developments and future prospects on the whole.
MR. LALIT JAGTIANI
Digital Thought leader
SAP Asia Pte. Ltd. Singapore
With his immense knowledge and experience about the digital world MR. Jagtiani talks about how often the organizations are going through a change in their strategies every now and then and this leads to a lot of stress as well as performance deterioration due to the pressure to perform well as well as in achievement of the goal (s). He talked about the sharp divide that we have here in India, at one hand we have a rich IT capability wherein people are able to adopt the change well, he even compared the technology landscape of India with that of Australia stating that India is far more modern and developed in its ways whereas on the other hand there are companies which are still running on very primitive technologies and are thus lagging behind. He believes that this sharp divide can be eradicated by focusing on the infrastructure. Rather than using the western model of high cost & high quality he wants us to start from the grass root level i.e through frugal innovations which would give us an idea about the common minimum input and would thus lead to addition in the delta quality. He talked about how the focus should be upon quality and not on reduction of cost of labour, in this case the major challenge turns out to be predictability which is a hassle in terms of delivery schedule or quality parameters. The key solution to this is thus the focus shifting from reduction to labour to improvement of quality. At the end he talked about how we at C4i4 should focus upon finding out the burning problem and figuring out the local problems rather than looking at then global ideas would be a stable way to move forward. Thus, if we at C4i4 drive frugal innovations for industries which cannot afford huge investments it would lead to speeding up the digitalization process at a much faster pace.
CEO, Blulink SRL, Italy
Coming from a company like Blulink which is 28 years old and deals with the Niche segment of industry 4.0, Mr. Konzet has always believed in out of the box thinking which lead to him collaborating with Accurate Gauging & Instruments Pvt. Ltd in Pune. Mr. Bernhard Konzet who is the CEO of Blulink feels that every stage of revolution takes its own course of time to get implemented, its not a plug and play situation anymore. He believes that the change of mindset is significant in the development of industry 4.0. In order to bring a change in the mindset he suggests that we should invest more in training and education rather than investing in top end machinery and infrastructure. Referring to a recent report by Accenture which talks about rising restriction in the free flow of data along with its products, services and talents, Mr. Konzet believes that there is very thin line between liberty and security and thus the government should understand this before taking any such measures. During his talk he laid stress on the significance culture, strategy as well as technology wherein he talked about Cloud and APPI. He wanted us to be digitally fluent, to gain knowledge related to Big data and analytics in order to avail its benefits. At the end he talked about his future plans in India, wherein he believes collaborating with Accurate proved to be his best decision so far as this would help him understand the Indian market better, as he believes there is a lot of scope here since India is a strong manufacturing country and has a culture of high precision production.