Michael Bowers is chief architect at FairCom. He oversees the company’s architecture and product roadmaps, which includes high-performance databases, IIoT platforms and legacy system modernization solutions. He has more than 25 years of experience in software development and architecture. He is the author of "Pro CSS and HTML Design Patterns" published by Apress, a member of the INCITS technical committee that develops standards for SQL (structured query language) and GQL (graph query language), and is a frequent speaker at data management conferences.
The smart factory of tomorrow is about building upon the advancements of Industrial IoT by automating data collection from machines, devices, and applications, then transforming that data into insights. The smart factory of tomorrow will continuously collect data through connected machines, devices, and systems rooted in interconnectivity, automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and real-time data. These will enable many different things, depending on each manufacturer's goals. Join this panel to find out where to start and what's important to consider when starting a digital transformation process in your factory.