IDC Manufacturing Digital Twin, IoT & Robots

DIGITAL Event | Warsaw | October 28, 2020

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Due to the current regional situation, IDC have taken the decision to make the IDC Manufacturing Forum 2020 a virtual conference. We will be hosting the event using Hopin Platform. This decision was taken as the safety of our sponsors, delegates and staff is paramount, and our communities health should be placed above all else. 


The virtual conference will be held on October 28, 2020


Today, survival of the fittest is linked not to size or strength but to an ability to change — to move quickly, adapt, seize opportunities, and be agile. In the age of COVID-19, supply chains are experiencing pressures unlike any we have seen in a generation. COVID-19 has exposed a material lack of visibility, flexibility, and adaptability that should be inherent to the manufacturing industry. 

  • The importance of visibility, agility, flexibility, and resiliency in manufacturing, is now on the tip of everybody's tongue and is taking on a profoundly more important role. Therefore the supply chain control tower, indeed supply chain orchestration, becomes a critical capability.
  • Without a doubt, manufacturers that can establish flexible and resilient supply chains, innovate products and services, ramp up production of certain products rapidly, and create value from data-driven services will be among the winners in the post-COVID-19 period.
  • The increasing automation of production raises the cooperation between man and machine to a higher level. The era of super workers supported by collaborative robots (cobots, AGVs), equipped with technologies extending the senses (VR/AR) and physical capabilities (exoskeletons) is coming.

Because the stakes are so high, manufacturers have made concerted efforts to accelerate their digital transformation journeys.

Event Highlights

We would like to thank all the delegates and the partners who participated at this event.

A selected group of IT and business leaders came together to network and learn from IDCs analysts, inspiring speakers and dedicated advisory board members, who were at the forefront of the lively and interactive discussion.

If you missed the event or if you would like more information on any of the topics we discussed, click the button below to watch a recording or access the post-event content.

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Key Topics


Customer experience


Customer-focused communication adjusted for everyone


Innovation platforms


Opportunities delivered by new ecosystems


New business models


Network manufacturing


Digital, resilient, and “lean” company




“Smart” supply Chain


New-generation industrial technology

General Information


Technology Users - free of charge

Technology Providers - 450 PLN


October 28, 2020


9:30 am - 13:00 pm


Time Event & Speakers

Conference Opening

Ewa Lis-Jezak

Regional Director, & MD - Poland & The Baltic States, IDC CEMA

Welcome Word

dr Andreas Schenkel

CEO, Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Poland

Transform or die: manage the short term pressure and create long term competitive advantage

Lorenzo Veronesi

Research Manager, Manufacturing Insights, IDC EMEA

Today, manufacturing leaders across Europe are pressed by the numerous challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In this dramatic context, the role of digital technologies has been proven mission critical.

From the enablement of new workforce management strategies, to the creation of digitally-enabled processes and sales channels, many manufacturers are succeeding in responding to the pandemic and in creating the premises for long-term competitive advantage. At the same time, companies without a digital strategy - or with the wrong one - are at higher risk of failure.

In this presentation, Lorenzo Veronesi, Research Manager of IDC Manufacturing Insights, will highlight:

  • Why is information technology so important today?
  • How are manufacturers coping with today's challenges?
  • What are the examples of successful initiatives and why are they successful?

How to Manage Operations with Unexpected Market Interest?

Anthony Crawford

Head of Manufacturing Operations, 3M

Accelerating digital transformation in manufacturing sector

Dariusz Piotrowski

VP, General Manager, Dell Technologies Polska

Rethinking businesses transformation — defining design and delivering future-proof products and services

Thomas Kaiser

Senior Manager Assembly / Maintenance, Mercedes Benz Manufacturing Poland

IoT in production

Ewa Leśniak

E2E Process Improvement Manager, TPM Process Improvement and Supply Chain Digital Transformation, Grupa Żywiec

Flexible, Secure, Complex Analytical Platform - is it possible yet?

Jakub Ochnio

Support Solution Architect & CE IoT Business Team Leader, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Q&A: Manufacturing in the Times of a Pandemic

Michael Majchrzak

Publisher, Trade Media International

Thomas Kaiser

Senior Manager Assembly / Maintenance, Mercedes Benz Manufacturing Poland

Dariusz Piotrowski

VP, General Manager, Dell Technologies Polska

Tomasz Klima

Production&Supply Chain Director, Grupa Żywiec

Transformation of intralogistics - data, people and robots

Jacek Królik

CEO, VersaBox

Secure Manufacturing Digitalization

Monika Żygadło

Business Information Security Officer Deputy, Mercedes Benz Manufacturing Poland

Production Reliability - IT&OT Security, Predictive Maintenance, Condition Monitoring

Jaroslaw Smulski

Senior Program Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Poland

Be Ready for Changes - Risks and Opportunities in Production

Jolanta Malak

Regional Sales Director, Fortinet

Q&A: Security of IT/OT in Production

Jaroslaw Smulski

Senior Program Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Poland

Jolanta Malak

Regional Sales Director, Fortinet

Grzegorz Bojar

CIO, Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A.

How Can the New IT System Help to Increase in Production?

Marek Niziołek

Digital Transformation Director, CIO, Śnieżka

Leveraging manufacturing data in a Smart, Connected and Secure Way

Tom Leeson

Senior Industry Marketing Strategist, OpenText

The Industrial Internet of Things (IioT) is having a profound effect on how manufacturing organizations share information. In this session we will discuss how manufacturers securely move this sensor data between locations, and how they derive insights from this data so that manufacturing and supply chain operations can be optimized.


New Digital Ecosystems - Manufacturing, Logistics, Sales (Supply Chain Control Tower, RTL, Servitization)

Jaroslaw Smulski

Senior Program Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Poland

Sharing Industry Cloud Experience on Creating Ecosystems in Manufacturing

Jarosław Zarychta

Cloud Business Development Manager, Google

Circular Economy in Stena Recycling

Piotr Bruździak

Member of the Management Team, Stena Recycling

Ecosystem Key Factors

Andrzej Soldaty

President of the Board, Future Industry Platform

Future of Modern Production: Envoirment -Technology- Employees

dr Ewa Ewa Łabno-Falęcka

Head of Corporate Communication and External Affairs, Mercedes-Benz Polska

Event Wrap Up

Ewa Lis-Jezak

Regional Director, & MD - Poland & The Baltic States, IDC CEMA



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