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Microsoft Industry Blogs - Canada

It’s just a few days until the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show kicks off at the International Center in Mississauga, and we have been working away with our partner Hitachi Solutions on a cutting edge technology showcase for the exhibition floor. Whether you are interested in learning the latest on how to modernize your field service capabilities, implement an IIoT strategy, or ensuring you have an agile and future proof enterprise resource planning system, we will have a team of experts on hand to answer your questions. Of course, we will also be bringing a great set of technology demos and hardware to show off these capabilities in action, including Hitachi’s Predictive Service Hub and a few other surprises from the Microsoft portfolio.

So – if you are attending, ensure you stop by the Microsoft & Hitachi booth on the exhibition hall, but here are 3 other key things to look out for at the show:

1. Industry 4.0 hitting mainstream

There is a lot of buzz around Industry 4.0 – a somewhat nebulous term that summarizes the digitalization of multiple aspects of the manufacturing industry over the next few years. There is still a lot of hype, but a lot that is real as well. Ensure you check out Kevin Goering’s session on Digital Manufacturing, Myths vs. Reality to get the McKinsey & Co. perspective on this topic.

2. The Rise of Additive Manufacturing in Canada

Additive manufacturing, or as it is known more commonly in consumer centered applications as 3D-Printing, is rapidly changing many aspects of the manufacturing business, from accelerating prototyping, to allowing for increased customization and increasing the ability to repair complex parts. Tons of great sessions and technology vendors will be present showing the cutting edge in this specific area of technology.

3. Getting started with IIOT projects is easier than you think

A multitude of technology advancements are converging to make implementing effective Industrial Internet of Things projects easier than you may think. Increased sensor capability and availability, rapidly advancing, cost effective analytics and machine learning capabilities and an increasing body of technical implementation expertise on advanced projects is accelerating adoption of this technology. Ensure you check out our booth to get an overview of how Hitachi’s Azure powered Predictive Service Hub can help you kick start this journey in your organization.