Webinar: Lessons Learned and future Insight from the MWC Manufacturing Summit

Wednesday 3 Aug 2022 | 5G | Manufacturing | Manufacturing Technology | Resources |

Earlier this year, the MWC Industry City Stage hosted the inaugural Manufacturing Summit. Set against an expectation that Smart manufacturing IoT connections will reach 1.5 billion by 2025, and the significant role that 5G can play in the future of manufacturing, the summit convened experts from across the globe to discuss digital transformation in manufacturing. Over three sessions, the summit covered topics including advanced analytics and robotics, private and dedicated networks, and how to get started on the road to 5G adoption.

On Wednesday 13th July, Jo Gilbert welcomed back Andres Escribano Riesco, Jacob Groote and Lan Guan to share their observations and insights from the Manufacturing Summit and from across MWC. We also heard their thoughts on what the future looks like for the manufacturing and industrial sector and what needs to be done to get there.

Lan Guan

Senior Managing Director – Applied Intelligence, Solutions.AI Lead, Accenture

Lan Guan is a Senior Managing Director at Accenture and currently leads the Global Industry Applied Intelligence Network within Accenture’s Strategy & Consulting domain. In this role she is responsible for working with clients to develop and implement data and AI strategies for their organizations. Lan has spent the last 18 years at Accenture working with Fortune 100 and large multinational clients across industries.

As an experienced Strategy & Consulting professional, Lan brings deep expertise in transforming all forms of data into actionable strategies and plans to maximize market opportunities for clients. She specializes in data strategy, cloud architecture, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. Lan has led an array of transformative initiatives focusing on customer segmentation and profiling, target marketing, predictive modeling, and business forecasting to enhance client’s growth potential and provide the business and strategic decision support to improve their bottom lines.

Lan has published many industry white papers and journal articles about the growing impact of AI on corporate transformation, and also co-authored a management handbook: Selling Through Someone Else: How to Use Agile Sales Networks and Partners to Sell More. She is a sought-after industry speaker on data and AI, as well as on topics ranging from the leadership skills needed in the digital economy to the future of work in an AI-enabled digital world. A distinguished inventor, Lan has been granted more than 20 international patents in areas including digital content recommendations, and digital marketing and sales optimization.

Jacob Groote

EVP 5G & Joint Chair of GSMA Digital Industries Forum, KPN

Jacob joined the KPN Research lab in 1990, after finishing his PhD in Physics. The main topics of his research at KPN were how to use Artificial Intelligence tools within network and service management as well as how to improve billing and customer services within KPN.

Later he held several management positions within different departments. He was member of the board of BU Carrier Services responsible for process and system development and implementation. He was responsible for architecture development and implementation in the department of Fixed Operations.

His career continued as member of the board of Division Fixed where he was responsible for all IT projects as CIO of the division. Later on he moved to different positions within operational departments and serving especially business customers of KPN.

Since April 2012 he is responsible for Mobile Operations, including quality management of all mobile services and service development and roll-out of new technologies. In April 2014, he finished the roll-out of KPN’s nationwide 4G network, which was completed in 15 months. Since January 2016, he is heading the department of Service Platforms within KPN NIO, and is responsible for overall quality and technical product management and innovation of KPN’s services including TV, VOLTE, Roaming, etc.

Recently he moved from the Operations to the Commercial part of KPN. Product management Business Market are his responsibilities within the Business Market division. After the summer break of 2019 he started with the business implementation of KPN’s 5G services.

Andres Escribano

New Business & Industry 4.0 Director & Joint Chair of GSMA 5G IoT Manufacturing Forum, Telefónica

Responsible for developing new business opportunities at global level in IoT, 5G & new connectivity, AI & Blockchain. During the last 2 years responsible for the Industry 4.0 Business area.

Responsible for connectivity business in Telefónica during the last 4 years (18 Mll IoT lines around the world), including the Telefónica IoT Platform Global Product Area (KITE), IoT Partners Program & Business Technology Area) and part of the IoT World Alliance Executive Board, GSMA Connecting Living Group.

For 8 years he implemented and managed the ERP/PDM information systems in EADS (Airbus), later he joined Telefónica in 1999 where he was responsible for IT and Security in Quam Switzerland (TEF Mobile Operations). For 8 years in different organizations in Telefónica (Spain and Latam Corporation & MNCs), managed the Presales Area in the Corporate/Multinationals segment, focus in the B2B business.

Jo Gilbert

Technical Director & Digital Industries Lead, GSMA

Jo Gilbert is a Technical Director at the GSMA. She leads the GSMA Digital Industries activities which brings together mobile network operators, enterprises, and the wider ecosystem to connect the benefits of 5G in the industrial sector.  With a career spanning 20 years in the telecom sector, Jo has supported organisations to harness new and emerging technologies such as identity, IoT, big data, artificial intelligence and 5G.