Presenting ARC's Seventeenth India Forum
Driving Digital Transformation in Industry and Cities

July 4-5, 2019 - Bangalore, India

To navigate successfully through today’s global wave of digital transformation and make disruptive technologies work for them, manufacturers, municipalities, utilities, and all other organizations will need to roll out just the right mix of technologies at just the right time.  They will need to drive and manage change in processes, people, ecosystems, and technologies while putting cybersecurity at the forefront.

integrated-it-ot-iotEverything is becoming more connected and intelligent.  Streetlights, cars, gas turbines, and thermostats stream data.  Buildings, refineries, oil platforms, mines, and wind turbines are optimizing asset and operating performance.  Parking meters and distributed power grids deliver value to both consumers and operators.  Design software can link to additive machines to print parts directly.  And it's only the beginning. 

How will disruptive technologies change existing products, plants, and cities?  Can cybersecurity threats be overcome?  How will machine learning, artificial intelligence, and open source solutions transform operations?  How will a digitally-enhanced workforce stem the loss of tribal knowledge?  How do connected products create opportunities in aftermarket services?  What steps can organizations take to foster innovative thinking?

There are countless ways to conduct your digital transformation journey, multiple technologies and suppliers to evaluate, and endless choices to make along the way.  Embedded systems, networks, software platforms, augmented reality, and machine learning may play a role as you begin to improve uptime, optimize operating performance, enhance service and the customer experience, and re-think business models.

Join us at ARC’s Seventeenth India Forum to learn more about how digitizing factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike.  Discover what your peers are doing today and what steps they are taking in their respective journeys.

Who Should Attend

ARC's India Forum is a must-attend event for:

  • CEOs, COOs, and Presidents
  • CFOs, VPs, and Directors of Finance
  • CIOs and CTOs
  • VPs and Directors of IT
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Operations
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Engineering
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of New Projects
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Procurement
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Directors, Managers, and Architects of Automation and Enterprise Integration
  • Plant Managers and Supervisors
  • Production Managers and Supervisors


Following is the preliminary schedule for the Forum.   Sessions and times are subject to change.

Thursday, July 4

8:30 AM Registration 
9:30 AM Welcome Note, ARC Advisory Group
9:35 AM Inauguration - Lighting the Lamp and Photo Session

Keynote Presentations

9:45 AM "ExxonMobil Process Automation Journey"
Bradley G. Houk, PE, Senior Engineering Advisor, ExxonMobil 
10:15 AM "Driving Digital Transformation in Industry and Cities"
Sal Spada, Director Research, ARC Advisory Group
10:40 AM
"Industry 4.0 Applications in Indian Industries"
Rajashekhar Malur, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE)
11:05 AM Tea and Coffee Break

Keynote Presentations, continued

11:30 AM
"Thinking Industry Ahead"
Sameer Prakash, General Manager, Head, Digital Enterprise, Siemens
11:50 AM "Creating, Managing, and Leveraging Digital Twins"
Anne-Marie Walters, Industry Marketing Director, Process & Resources, Bentley Systems
12:20 PM
"Artificial Intelligence"
Chris Hazlewood, Sr. Manager Promotion Section, Overseas Planning & Administration, Factory Automation Systems, Mitsubishi Electric
12:50 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
1:00 PM Lunch

Moving toward Digital Enterprise

2:15 PM "Use of Predictive Analytics for Detection of Tube Leakages"
Dr. Tomasz Kaminski, Project Director, System Technologies Division, STEAG Energy Services
2:45 PM "Leveraging AI and Data Science for Industry 4.0"
Sudheesh Narayanan, MD & CEO, Knowledge Lens
3:15 PM "Digital Retrofits for Power Plant Efficiencies"
Peter Saddington, Business Development Lead, Enerlytics – Uniper Energy
3:45 PM "Advanced Automation Control Solution for Industries and Cities"
Sheetal Paralikar, Manager, Business Development, Siemens
4:05 PM Tea and Coffee Break

Going Digital - The Indian Scenario

4:30 PM "Digital Transformation for Industry"
Lokesh Payik, Chief Digital Enterprise, Bosch
4:55 PM "Smart Manufacturing, IIoT, and Industry 4.0 for India"
Madhusudan N Kestur, Director, AceMicromatic MIT (AmiT)
5:20 PM "Bridging Ecosystem for Digital Empowerment in Manufacturing"
Uma Balakrishnan, Vice President, AIA
5:45 PM “Doing More with Less in Production Operations with Exception Based Surveillance"
Subhash Chandra Bankey, Sr. Manager, IT-Digital & SBU Operation and Indradyumna Datta, Digital Lead, Operations and Enabling Functions, Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta
6:10 - 6:25 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
6:30 PM Cocktail Party and Dinner

Friday, July 5

8:30 AM Registration

Digital Strategies to Achieve Operational Excellence and Cybersecurity

9:30 AM
"Digital Transformation Overview"
Ganapathiraman, VP & GM, ARC Advisory Group
10:00 AM "Building a National Level Data Strategy for India"
Achyuta Ghosh, Head of Research, NASSCOM
10:25 AM "Cybersecurity and Network Transparency"
Vivek Roy, Chief Manager Marketing, Siemens
10:45 AM “The Digital Twin Solution for Process Industries”
Amit Shrivastava, Director Business Development, Digital Twin Solutions, Bentley Systems
11:15 AM Tea and Coffee Break

Digital Transformation for Industry and Cities

11:45 AM “Challenges in Digital Transformation for Indian Process Industry"
Vivek Gupta, Asst. Vice President & Head, Instrument, DCM Shriram Limited, Kota, Rajasthan; Steering Committee Member, Digital Transformation Council, ARC Advisory Group
12:10 PM Big Data in City Administration"
Retd. Lt. Col. L Shri Harsha, Deputy Program Director and Construction Manager, Visakhapatnam Smart City Project
12:35 PM "Global Implementation of Smart Manufacturing Solution and Design and Implementation of Greenfield Smart Factory"
Arun Yadav, Manager and MES Solution Lead, Pulp and Fiber Business, Grasim Industries Ltd.
1:00 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
1:10 PM Lunch

End User Experiences - Going Digital

2:00 PM "Digital Initiatives in BPCL"
Anuradha Shenoy, Chief Manager, Information Systems and Digital, BPCL
2:30 PM "Digitalisation in Tata Steel"
Gaurav Saran, Sr. Manager, Process Technology Group, Tata Steel
2:50 PM "Digital Transformation in Indian Industries - An End User Survey"
Rajkumar, Senior Analyst, ARC Advisory Group
3:00 PM "Drones for Industry"
Eapen Jacob, Analyst, ARC Advisory Group
3:15 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
3:30 PM Vote of Thanks
Vidya, Analyst, ARC Advisory Group
3:35 PM Tea and Coffee


Executive Speakers

The following executives are among those presenting at the Forum.

Bradley Houk

Bradley HoukSenior Engineering Advisor

Brad has more than 30 years’ experience in the refining and chemicals industry.  Most of his career has been focused in the control and optimization areas; with activities ranging from regulatory controls through raw materials valuation.  Since October 2017, he has been the Program Manager for ExxonMobil’s Open Process Automation program, which is leading the development of a standards-based, open, secure, and interoperable process control architecture.  Prior to this, Brad led the global rollout of a new modeling and optimization platform and applications used for feedstock selection and production planning at ExxonMobil’s refineries and basic chemical plants.

Sal Spada

Sal SpadaResearch Director
ARC Advisory Group

Sal has been with ARC since 1997.  His focus areas include general motion control, material handling, machine safeguarding, computer numerical controllers (CNCs), robotics, and servo drives.  Sal has over 15 years direct experience in motion control system design as a software developer, project manager, and product marketing manager.  In the area of CNCs, his concentration has been in implementing high speed contouring algorithms in vertical milling applications for five axis machine geometries.  Prior to ARC, Sal worked with EG&G Torque Systems, Boston Digital Corporation, and, most recently, Schneider Automation, all in the areas of CNC and general motion control systems.

List of Executive Speakers


The Forum is held at the Le Meridien Bangalore.

Le Meridien Bangalore
28 Sankey Road
PB No 174
Bangalore, Karnataka 560 052
Tel: + 91 80 2226 2233

Attendees should make their own hotel reservations by contacting

To Register

Forum Fee

There is no delegate fee for end users.  Delegates and senior executives may contact ARC at for a formal invitation.

The Forum Fee for Suppliers is US $1,000.

The fee includes lunch, dinner, and program material.

Registration Methods

Please use one of the following methods to register for the Forum:

Speaker Opportunities

For information on nominating a speaker for the forum, please visit our Speaking Opportunities page or contact Ganapathiraman G. at or +91-80-2554 7114.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ganapathiraman G. at or +91-80-2554 7114.

Previous Attendees

The following companies were among those who attended recent India Forums:

Abhijeet Industries
Acalmar Oils & Fats
Accenture India
Ace Designers
Ace Micromatic
Adani Group
Aditya Birla
Air Liquide Engineering
Aker Kvaerner Powergas
Altiux Innovations Pvt Ltd
Andhra Pradesh Power
AP Gas Power
Apogee Process Control
Aquatherm Engineering
Ascent Intellimation
Aspentech India
Associated Capsules
Aurobindo Pharma
Automation Industry Assoc.
Avadooth Automation
Axcend Automation
B&R Automation
Bajaj Hindustan
Ballarpur Industries
Barry Wehmiller
Bayer CropScience
Bayer Material Science
Beijing Hollysys
Bentley Systems
Bharat Aluminium
Bharat Bijlee
Bharat Forge
Bharat Fritz Werner Ltd
Bharat Petroleum Corp
Bhilai Steel Plant
Bhushan Strips and Steels
Binani Industries
Bizworth India
Bongaigaon Refinery
Cache Technologies
Cadbury India
Cadila Health Care
Candem Technologies
CD Controls
Cement Manufacturers' Ass
Chemical Industry Digest
Center for Cellular & Molecular Biology
Central Electricity Authority
Central Power Research Inst.
Chennai Petroleum
Chettinad Cement Corp.
Chitale Dairy
Cisco India
Continental Energy Services
Control Infotech
Cotmach Electronics
Creative Power Engineers
Dasthur & Co
DCM Shriram Ltd
Deepak Fertilisers
Deepak Nitrite
Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory
DFM Systems
Director General of Hydrocarbons
Doosan HF Controls
Dow Corning
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
DuPont Engineering
ECIL Electronics Corp.
EID Parry India
El Forge
Electrical and Electronics
Endress and Hauser
Engineers India
Enzen Global Solutions
Essar Chemical
Essar Constructions

Essar Oil Ltd
Excel Consultancy
FDT Group
GE Energy
Genting Lanco Power
German Technical Cooperation GTZ
Gland Pharma
Godrej & Boyce
Grasim Nagda
Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals
Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals
Haldia Petro Chemicals
Happiest Minds
Hanuman Automation
Heidelberg Cements
Hi Rel
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
Hindustan Lever
Honeywell Process Solutions
Hindustan Petroleum
HMT Machine Tools
ICB Technimont
Indian Cane Power
Industry 2.0
Indian Oil Corp Mathura
Indian Oil Corp Panipat
Indian Oil Corp Barauni
Indian Oil Corp Baroda
Ispat Industries
ITC Bhadrachalam
Jasubhai Digital Media
Jindal Stainless
Jindal Steel and Power
Jost's Engineering
Jubilant Organosys
Kartapur Cold Storage
Kemotheraptik Drugs
Keshav Power
KM Sugar Mills
Karnataka Power Corporation
Kochin Refineries
Kribhco, Surat
Krishak Bharati Cooperative
L & T
L & T - Heavy Engineering
L & T - S&L
L & T - Valdel
L & T Infotech
L & T Technology Services
LANCO Infratech
M K Raju Consultants
M.N. Dastur & Company
Mahagenco - Chandrapur
Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals
Masibus Automation & Instrumentation
Mecgale Pneumatics
Metso Automation
Mishra Dhatu Nigam
Mitsubishi Electric
My Home Cement
Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals
Natco Pharma
National Aluminium Company
National Informatics Center
National Thermal Power Corp
Nava Bharat Ventures
Ncon Turbo Tech
Nestle India
Noida Power
Nuclear Fuel Complex
Nutech Engineers
Oil India

Orient Cement
Paradeep Phosphates
Pidilite Industries
Piramal Enterprises
Ponni Sugars
Praj Industries
Praxair India Ltd
Pro-face India
Qualitas technologies
Raptron Semiconductors
Reliance Energy
Reliance Gas Transportation
Reliance Industries
Reliance Info Solution
Rockwell Automation
Rolta India Limited
Rourkela Steel Plant
Saipem India Project Svcs
Salem Steel
Sangfroid Pharma
Sanghi Sez
SAP Labs India
Sarla Technologies
Satyam Computer Services
Schenectady Herdillia
Schneider Electric
Servilink Systems
Seshasayee Paper & Boards
Shakkthi Precision
Shri Chamundeswari Sugars
Shriram Fertilisers & Chemical
Sierra Controls and Instrumentation
Siemens Information Systems
SM Labs
SMS Pharma
SPB Consultants
Sree Rayalaseema Alkalies and Allied Chemicals
Steag Energy Services India
Steel Authority of India
Strides Arcolab
Sun Innovation Systems
Sunlux Technologies
Sunvik Steels
Tata Consultancy Services
Tata Consulting Engineers
Tata Elxsi
Tata Motors
Tata Power
Tata Projects
Tata Steel
Tata Technologies
TB Woods
TE Connectivity
Tech Mahindra
TechNova Imaging Systems
Torrent Power AEC
Ugar Sugars
UGS India
United Phosphorous
US Pharmacopia
Usha Martin
Uthunga Technologies
Valdel Corporation
Varroc Engineering
Vasavdatta Cement
Vir Rubber Products
Vishay Components
Vizag Steel Plant
Wind River
Yantra Automation