The first Industrial Revolution was all about mechanising production with the use of steam powered tools, the second expanded industries through electric power and the third ushered electronics and Information Technology. The Blue Circle team highlights the Industry 4.0 Experts in India.
Today, the world is ready for the next big industrial revolution- defined entirely by automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies; and Industry 4.0 is predicted to be more disruptive than ever before.
It is defined by smart machines that keep getting smarter as they get access to more data, and factories that harness efficiency and productivity. The network of these machines, digitally connected with one another in order to create and share information- is the true cornerstone of Industry 4.0.
Navigating this complex landscape of immense change requires expert guidance and insight, especially in the context of growing economies like India.
In fact, according to an analysis by McKinsey, if Indian companies adopt Industry 4.0 across functions such as manufacturing, supply chain, logistics and procurement, they can enhance their operating profits by 40% at less than 10% of the planned capital expenditure. For this reason, it is necessary to observe and learn from the examples of those who are already ahead of the curve in this respect.
The following is list of established Indian Industry experts who are leading the change.
Partner- Industry 4.0, Price water house Coopers, India
Forerunner of Smart Manufacturing
Ulhas Deshpande has over 25 years of experience in Digital Solutions and Industrial Automation. His vast industry experience allows him to consult on adopting new generation technology like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, AR/VR and other Digital Platforms for notable domestic and global clients.
In his present role at PwC India, Mr. Deshpande pioneers smart manufacturing solutions from strategy to execution. He sets a roadmap for enterprise by assessing digital maturity, and charts design, deployment and management plans for large scale digital programmes.
Before becoming an integral part of PwC, he worked at electrics and electronics manufacturing giant, Honeywell Process Solutions in the capacity of Business Leader – Projects & Automation Solutions. During his tenure and under his able leadership, Honeywell expanded its manufacturing facilities, becoming more aligned to the tenets of smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0.
Mr. Deshpande’s skills in business and profit and loss management within the Industrial Automation and Software Solutions space, make him a true expert when it comes to the fourth industrial revolution.
Regional Director, Rockwell Automation, India
Leading the Charge for 4.0
In over a decade at Rockwell- a specialist in industrial automation, Dilip Sawhney has been an outspoken advocate of newer technologies in the manufacturing sphere in India, in order to make it more modern and globally competitive.
Under his guidance, the Architecture and Software Design Centre- whose capability covers sectors such as automotive, life sciences, oil and gas, food and beverage, amongst others- is making the shift towards Industry 4.0.
In the organization’s mission to help customers achieve operational excellence by leveraging technology- Dilip Sawhney has worked on creating an ecosystem of partners, most notably- supply partners. His ideation brought two of the largest global electrical distributors on board to help customers, and is personally responsible for nurturing lasting relationships of mutual benefit with these suppliers.
Dilip Sawhney has held sessions at important industry events hosted by the CII and Niti Aayog.
Senior Vice President-Global Supply Chain – India, Middle East & Africa at Schneider Electric.
The Bridge to a Smarter Tomorrow
With 27+ Years of International experience in the electrical & electronics manufacturing industry, Javed Ahmad is no stranger to managing a complex technological landscape. His areas of capabilities include- end to end supply chain, transformation & managing diverse operations across the globe.
In recent years, he has ushered industry 4.0 tailored supply chain processes, Smart Factories, Smart Logistics Centres & Digitization to drive efficiencies and make operational processes future ready .
In his role as Senior Vice President he is responsible for developing industrial strategy, preparing the long term industrial & logistics plan, planning, purchasing, digitization & supply chain operations.
A shining moment in his professional journey was the setting up of Schneider Electric’s Hyderabad facility. The facility is amongst the 10 chosen factories for the Smart Factory showcase across countries. The initiative is in line with the company’s global commitment to develop over 100 Smart Factories by 2020.
RISHI MOHAN BHATNAGAR
President of Aeris Communications India- an enterprise focussed on delivering secure, cost-effective and qualitative IoT solutions.
The IoT Intellectual
Dr. Bhatnagar is an eminent thought leader in the IoT and Digital Space. His illustrious career has focussed on spearheading new initiatives, establishing business across diverse regions, growing new and existing customers from Fortune 500 companies to Telecom, BFSI, Healthcare and Public sector organisations. He previously served as Global Head of Digital Business and Enterprise Services at Tech Mahindra.
As member of the NASSCOM Smart Cities Task Force, he also sets the tone for public policy for the expansion of the Indian Software Industry and Smart Cities.
His vast experience is reflected in his authorial venture- “Enterprise IoT: Strategies and Best Practices for Connected Products and Services”, which he has co-authored with three other industry experts. The book acts as a guideline for defining IoT strategy, preparing an organisation for IoT adoption, and planning and executing IoT projects. The methodologies outlined in the book have even been endorsed by the Industrial Internet Consortium.
Awards and Honours
He was conferred with the “Digitalist Thought Leader” Award in the Internet of Things category at the Digital Transformation Forum 2015 by SAP India.
He serves as Chairperson of the Indian Institution of Engineering and Technology (IoT panel).
Vice President of Data Science – AI Research, Cognitive, ML, Robotics and Big Data Analytics at Nissan Motor Corporation.
A Data Science Dynamo
Chiranjiv Roy’s journey along the path of Analytics and Data Science has spanned across the R&D wings at major MNCs such as Mercedes Benz, Hewlett Packard, General Motors and BMW.
Today, in his role at Nissan Digital- he manages various heads of verticals such as Data Science, AI Research and Product Development, Data Engineering and Big Data. He seamlessly leads Nissan’s endeavours at Digital Transformation by leveraging data to enable smarter and faster business decisions and intelligence in products services.
A consummate data scientist, he has more than 18 patents filed and granted on the usage of Data Science to solve real world problems in Automotive and Manufacturing; and developing products for increased efficiency. His focus is on promoting the power of Data Science in an increasingly complex engineering landscape, and building AI Labs across the world.
His research on topics related to machine learning and academics has been published in reputed international journals like IEEE, Springer, Taylor&Francis and ACM.
Awards and Honours
He holds a PhD in Machine Learning from the Indian Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Analytics Society of India and is a visiting faculty member at prestigious universities like IIT, IIM and universities in the US and Singapore.
CEO and Co-Founder, at GreyOrange- a cutting edge automation venture.
Ruling with Robotics
Samay Kohli co-founded GreyOrange in 2011 with fellow BITS Pilani graduate and now CTO- Akash Gupta. The enterprise harnesses the use of flexible automation, the power of AI and intuitive customer service to work closely with a variety of businesses to recognise their needs, optimise their supply chain model and enhance process efficiency- effectively ushering their process of creation, selling and innovation into the future.
GreyOrange helps deploy advanced robotic systems for automation at warehouses, distribution and fulfilment centers. Kohli’s products include- the GreyOrange Butler and Sorter, both artificial intelligence powered goods-to-person robotic systems that automate inventory management in a warehouse.
In sectors such as retail, logistics and e-commerce, where timelines are critical, Kohli has helped clients become up to 40 times more efficient by replacing manual labour and reducing error.
Awards and Honours
Gupta and Kohli won a gold medal at the RoboGames (formerly ROBOlympics) in San Francisco.
They have been voted Asia’s 30 under 30 Transforming Enterprise by Forbes Magazine in 2015; have been inducted as honourees by the MIT Technology Review in its global list of Innovators under 35 in 2016 and have won the “Startup of the Future” award at the NDTV Unicorn Awards.
Current Profile Vice President and Business Unit head for Mobility Solutions at Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited.
Mobilising High Tech Solutions
In a career that spans over 22 years with Bosch, he has helped many Bosch companies worldwide in their software engineering and development processes.
His business unit designs and develops products in diverse domains- industrial automation, smart manufacturing; automotive electronics, steering and diagnostics, power tools, security systems, HVAC systems and home appliances.
By 2020- Gaur aims to make Bosch’s 15 manufacturing facilities in India entirely compliant with Industry 4.0
As a strategic portfolio leader for Industry 4.0- he mentors strategic initiatives of Connected Industry from RBEI, India. These initiatives ensure that integrated end to end solutions are for both, Bosch manufacturing plants as well as non Bosch global customers.
Prior to Bosch, he worked with ISRO and DRDO in the development of Radar and Sonar systems.
CEO and MD, Manthan- a venture that designs prescriptive analytics applications powered by AI, on cloud, for customer-facing businesses.
An Inventive Wizard
Manthan (established in 2003) is Atul Jalan’s fourth entrepreneurial venture, motivated by the belief that math and Data Science would be the axis for the new industrial revolution.
Beyond his flagship enterprises, he is also the brain behind ‘Maya’, the world’s first AI-powered conversational agent for business analytics.
Awards and Honours
He has been named one of 10 Top Influential Leaders in the World of Analytics by Analytics India Magazine.
Founder & CEO at Going Digital- a Digital Transformation venture helping companies of all sizes respond to industry transitions in order to stay competitive.
Sandeep Raut a is Digital Transformation, Analytics, Big data, IoT & Mobility evangelist with over 30 years of experience in IT Consulting and delivery.
Going Digital provides services like vision setting, Maturity assessment, customer journey mapping & multi-year multi-wave digital roadmap development for the organisations it partners with such as the Bombay Chamber of Commerce, the Aditya Birla Group and ICICI Bank.
Before making the shift towards providing comprehensive digital solutions to brands with Going Digital, he has led multiple global organisations in constructing a digital roadmap for growth- including NIIT Technologies where he was Vice President & Head of Digital Business. He has led over 20+ IPs & 15+ Industry solutions in Digital Transformation.
Awards and Honours
He was identified as being one of the Top 10 Global Digital Transformation Influencers to Follow Today by IDG. Raut was also Ranked #7 in Global Top 100 Digital Transformation Influencers by Kcore-Analytic and was named Top 5 Global Business Leaders in Business Intelligence by Onalytica.
CEO and Co-Founder at BRIDGEi2i Analytics Solutions- a rapidly growing firm, based in India and US, partnering with enterprises across the globe to deliver sustainable business impact based on actionable insights derived from leveraging Big Data.
Prithvijit Roy has over 20 years of industry experience. He was actively involved in setting up two of the largest analytics centres in India- Genpact & Hewlett Packard- before starting what is now one of the fastest growing analytics firms in the Asia-Pacific region.
He established BRIDGEi2i in 2011, and in his role as CEO, he has rapidly scaled the organisation in terms of technology offerings and services, which includes intuitive, AI-powered tools that can utilised by enterprises across numerous industry verticals.
The organisation tracks tech transformations in the consumer packaged goods industry. Companies in this sector face challenges such as the competition between Amazon and Walmart, which is driving prices lower. AI is being used to decode customer sentiments, create intelligent product finders, analyse interviews, and monitor facial expressions in stores.
His range of specialties range from Business Analytics, Big Data, Data Mining, Shared Services, Business and Customer Intelligence and Marketing & Sales Analytics.
Awards and Honours
BRIDGEi2i featured in Deloitte’s India Fast 50 Companies for 2015 and 2016, and as one of the 20 fastest growing technology companies in India.
Chief Strategy Officer at Fractal Analytics- a strategic analytics partner to the Fortune 500 companies globally and helps them power every human decision in the enterprise by bringing analytics & AI to the decision-making process.
Imagining an Intelligent World
Sameer Dhanrajani’s talents shine when it comes to incubating and scaling new lines of businesses and capabilities in analytics, AI and the Digital arena.
Previously, he was the Global Business Leader for Cognizant Analytics and the Data sciences Unit at Cognizant Technology Solutions.
Awards and Honours
He is a member of NASSCOM Analytics Special Interest Group, CII Knowledge Roundtable, ASSOCHAM Digital Council. Sameer is also advisor to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh government council for setting up an Analytics ecosystem and incorporate it into public policy in Hyderabad and Vizag.
PARTHA PRATIM TALUKDAR
Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, and Founder of Core AI company- Kenome- which helps enterprises make sense of dark data using cutting-edge Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Knowledge Graphs.
Unlocking New Levels of Value
Partha Talukdar’s illustrious academic career has focussed on large scale graph-based learning and inference and neuro-semantics. He is a co-architect of the NELL system at CMU, a one of its kind AI system which reads documents at web-scale and builds a Knowledge Graph out of them.
With various AI centric products, Kenome brings world class expertise and industrial experience to help unlock the true value of unstructured dark data for Fortune 500 and other global enterprises in the financial, retail, and consumer electronics sectors.
He is the founding director of the Machine and Language Learning (MALL) Lab at IISc Bangalore. Professor Talukdar is also one of the architects of the NELL (Never-Ending Language Learning) system at Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
Chief Information Officer at Shahi Exports
The Tapestry of a Digital World
KC Bahuguna’s technological background has allowed him to develop a keen understanding of evolving technologies, and his business acumen has allowed him to leverage these technologies to create profitable enterprises. He has played an important part in bringing digital transformation to India’s fabrics and textiles industry.
As the CIO of India’s largest apparel manufacturing and export company, Bahuguna’s primary focus is to drive digital transformation through emerging technologies such as RPA, ML, Cognitive AI, Big Data, Predictives, Mobile Apps, Cloud. Additionally, he works to create IT policies, IT road map, team building, restructuring the infrastructure, optimising the ERP, BI and other legacy applications for seamless integration of multiple applications to improve efficiency in the value chain.
Previously, he enjoyed a long and substantive tenure at Videocon Group, where he served first as the Head of IT and then went on to become Head Technology-Group, Head SAP Practice, Head Cloud and Infrastructure Practice for Infodart- a global IT system integrator and consulting company- which handled the bulk of Videocon’s technological dealings.
(Edited by Anu Choudary)
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