Making the Factory of the Future a reality today

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Overcoming project roadblocks to implement a data-driven strategy in Manufacturing Operations

Far from just a concept based on longstanding aspirations of Industry 4.0, the Factory of the Future is becoming a reality today as IoT-based sensing, cloud-based computing technology, artificial intelligence and cognitive services continue to improve the speed and quality of operations.

The emergence of Industrial IOT platforms is enabling all organizations to start their journey but for many there are questions that still need to be answered relating to how to approach such a transformation, what benefits should be expected, how to connect yet protect production facilities, and how to involve their first-line workers.

January 22, 2019


The factory of the future means going beyond the walls of production to transform the entire connected manufacturing ecosystem. Where we once imagined a factory focused on the digital, robot-driven production floor, reality has transcended the factory floor to include the entire manufacturing ecosystem—connecting employees, processes, machines, data, and customers—far beyond what was once envisioned.

Join us in Brussels for a full-day executive briefing to explore what’s needed to bring the Factory of the Future to life.

This briefing will review the current state of transformation through customer examples, and look at the advances in key technologies that are making this possible, creating the space for dialog amongst industry leaders.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Microsoft EBC in Brussels as we seek to ‘Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more’!

›› Agenda

08:30 - 09:00 Coffee and light breakfast
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome and Introductions
09:15 - 10:00 Microsoft's Point of View: Enabling the Factory of the Future
10:00 - 12:00 Explore #1: Standardizing brownfield connectivity
Explore #2: Establishing an Enterprise Data Lake
10.45 - 11:15 Coffee Break & Networking
12:00 - 12.45 Roundtable: Roadblocks and challenges, ROI and security
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch & Networking
13:30 - 14:15 Explore #3: Empowering the first-line worker
14:15 - 15:30 Hands-on with Innovative Technologies:AI, Mixed Reality and Industrial IoT
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break & Networking
15:45 - 16.45 From What to How: Project deployment strategies
16:45 - 17:15 Roundtable: Ideas and actions
17:15 - 17:30 Wrap-up

›› Who should attend

These workshops are intended for the COO or Director of Manufacturing Operations and their leadership teams in Europe.

These events are invitation only, please contact your Microsoft Account Manager to register your interest.

Attendee numbers for each event will be strictly limited to create an environment for issue discussion and opportunity development.

›› Featured speakers

Chris Harries
WW Manufacturing Industry, EMEA

Valerio Frediani
Microsoft Manufacturing Industry Solutions

Leading Microsoft partners in Manufacturing

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