Top-of-mind issues for manufacturing executives

I recently attended an executive roundtable at a user group's conference for controls and automation vendor Invensys. In addition to the executives from Invensys, there were executives from companies across a wide range of industries, including: The goal of the roundtable was to discuss issues that are top of mind for these executives.

11/01/2009


I recently attended an executive roundtable at a user group's conference for controls and automation vendor Invensys. In addition to the executives from Invensys, there were executives from companies across a wide range of industries, including:

  • An executive from a global CPG company who has responsibility for all process control systems for 40 plants;

  • The division CIO of a global aluminum manufacturer;

  • The head of process architecture for a multi-billion dollar healthcare giant; and

  • The chief architect for business applications for one of the world's leading software companies.

    • The goal of the roundtable was to discuss issues that are top of mind for these executives. Although their issues varied to a certain degree, they all revolved around an overarching theme tied to process and operations shifting from local to global, from site to system. Their thoughts can be captured in four broad buckets: