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Responsible Disruption: What Engineers Need to Know about Digital Transformation

Companies that can best optimize their cyber-physical systems and their workforce will be the winners in their market, and digital transformation is the key to that success. But adoption of digital transformation – or Industry 4.0 – technologies like the industrial internet of things (IIoT), big data, and data visualization has been uneven across market sectors.

What do engineers and managers need to know about digital transformation, and how can becoming a digital transformation expert transform your career?

Date: February 15, 2023
Time: 12 PM EST (9 AM PST / 6:00 PM CET)
Duration: 1 hour
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Advances in automation technology are transforming the industrial landscape. Broadly termed “digital transformation,” these smart manufacturing initiatives bring physical and cyber systems together for greater performance, efficiency, sustainability, and safety.  

You've seen these buzzwords... big data, IIoT, digital twin, edge computing, and more. But what do these terms really mean in the real world?

Here at the International Society of Automation (ISA), we hear all the time from engineers that this subject is overwhelming. Maybe you feel like you are already behind! Or if you do feel personally up to speed, then you worry that your company seems not yet ready to catch up to the advances currently in play in the most innovative operational settings.

This webinar aims to demystify digital transformation and will give you some actionable takeaways that will help add value and grow your career.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn about different technologies that are part of digital transformation, and why they are relevant across many market sectors.
  • Understand how cybersecurity underscores all aspects of Industry 4.0.
  • Hear how digital transformation technologies have been used in several prominent sectors, including oil and gas.
  • Gain clarity on ways to add value to your company or organization through digital transformation, and how to take the next steps in your career through developing your expertise in these technology areas.
  • Understand the engineer's role in digitalization projects.


Steve Mustard (Former ISA President), President & CEO, National Automation, Inc.

Steve Mustard is an independent automation consultant and licensed professional engineer backed by more than 30 years of engineering experience who specializes in the development and management of real-time embedded equipment and automation systems. He serves as president of National Automation, Inc., and served as the 2021 president of ISA.

Dave Lafferty, President, Scientific Technical Services

Dave Lafferty is a thought leader in IoT for oil and gas with over 40 years of experience in the industry. He founded Scientific Technical Services to help companies increase performance while improving safety and integrity through the application of technology and process improvement.

Scott Sommer, Department Manager, Instrumentation & Control, DPS Group Global

Scott Sommer is a licensed professional engineer with 40+ years of experience in automation, instrumentation, and process control design and applications, for Engineering & Design firms, manufacturers, and service providers.