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Welcome to Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017

Digital Transformation: Are you riding the wave or being swept along?

Digital transformation has become an imperative, yet many companies are unsure how best to implement it. Numerous firms are employing digital technologies to deliver incremental efficiency gains, but few are unlocking the full potential of these technologies.


At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017 in Barcelona, Siemens will share insights on how to transform manufacturing operations. From digital twin software to MindSphere, open, cloud-based operating system, our experts will show how you can harness software and automation technologies to reduce time to market, improve flexibility, increase quality and security and individualize products in ways previously considered impossible. To learn more join us at Industry Sunday or talk to the experts at our booth, who will be happy to discuss your challenges and exchange ideas.


We will also be sharing our own experience of digital transformation. Global Head of Information Technology Helmuth Ludwig will talk about how digitalization is transforming our organization right to its core, across our portfolio offerings, business models and even our corporate culture. Ludwig will outline some of the initiatives undertaken – such as setting up an internal startup to disrupt from within – to enable a 170-year-old global company with over 350,000 employees, transition to a digital industrial company.

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Industry Sunday for Manufacturing

Date: Sunday, November 5


Time: 14.30 – 15


Location: Room 117


Drive manufacturing by connecting the virtual with the real world


How do you lead the transformation to become a digital enterprise in the face of exponential technology growth? From digital twins to MindSphere (the IoT operating system), this session will show how you can harness software and automation technologies to reduce time to market, improve flexibility, increase quality and security and individualize products in ways previously considered impossible.



Dr. Bernhard Quendt is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Digital Factory Division at Siemens AG. Prior to this role he headed the platform segment of the Automation Systems Business Unit and led the R&D activities of the Rail Automation Business Unit.

Previously he held various management positions within the communications department of Siemens, e.g. in Product Management, Technical Sales and R&D. Bernhard holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and information technology from Munich University of Technology, a M.Sc. in telecommunications from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Télécommunications Paris and a M.Sc. in electrical engineering from University of Stuttgart.

ITxpo Theatre presentation

Date: Monday, November 6


Location:  Theatre Session (Marketplace floor)


Transform Data to actionable results with IoT operating system


What major soft drink producer, machine builders and one of the biggest airports in the world have in common? Our speaker will showcase how to build next generation manufacturing with MindSphere, an open IoT platform and data analytics capabilities. Discover new digital business models to drive competitive advantage.



Matthias Lutz is Head of Business Development and Verticals in the MindSphere Headquarter at Siemens AG. He was involved in the initial development and set-up of the Siemens open IoT operating system MindSphere. Previously he had various positions within Siemens including Shared Service Organization, Technical Sales and Procurement.

Matthias Lutz holds a degree in process technology for the Food & Beverage industry and completed a degree in business administration at the University of Economics Prague.


CIO Thought Leadership Session

Date: Wednesday, November 8


Time: 10 – 10.45  


Location: Room 115


Find and follow your “North-Star” to navigate the digital storm


Digitalization changes everything. Business models and entire industries are being exponentially transformed. There are stormy waters ahead. Using “Outside-in” and “Inside-Out” approaches, organizations need to adapt digital business models, build future-proof ecosystems and accelerate innovation power and agility through internal startup initiatives.  Find ways to compete in the digital future. 



Helmuth Ludwig is Global Head of Information Technology at Siemens. He has worked at Siemens for 26 years in various capacities in Germany and abroad, including serving as president of Siemens PLM Software and CEO of the Siemens Industry Sector in North America. He completed a degree in engineering at the University of Karlsruhe before earning a doctorate at Kiel University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago. Ludwig teaches International Corporate Strategy as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. 


Patrick Pernegger is Global Head of the User Engagement Competence Center at Siemens. He founded the Siemens internal virtual startup #iDea.Company to drive and boost the innovation spirit within Siemens. As CEO of this company he hosted the Siemens Hackathon Days in February 2017 where 1,700 Siemens employees from 62 countries participated onsite and virtually to work on 800 ideas. He has worked at Siemens for 15 years in various IT roles in Germany and abroad and completed a degree in business administration at the University of Berlin.


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