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Enabling the Intelligent Edge in Manufacturing & Industrial IoT

Josh Becker, Senior Global Director and Head of IoT Commercial, SAS
24 Jun 2021
10:00 - 10:30
Keynote Room (Virtual Delivery)

Enabling the Intelligent Edge in Manufacturing & Industrial IoT


SASManufacturing is undergoing a revolution as advanced connectivity with AIoT unleashes a new wave of innovation. The upheaval is not confined to the factory floor; business models are also in flux as manufacturers get new insights into how their products are used and repackage those products into services. Smart manufacturing is driving the manufacturing industry to modernize its software infrastructure. Whether you call it Industry 4.0 or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), manufacturing is in the middle of a significant transformation. A successful transition to the next generation of manufacturing requires the adoption of new technologies that can integrate legacy systems with modern systems. These new technologies must enable insights and intelligence at the edge. Why? To truly digitally transform, manufacturing and industrial players must derive and leverage analytical insights in real time so that feedback loops are capable of positively influencing processes, people, and practices. The fact is, “the edge” is always on premises. Edge cloud based private networks, such as 5G, are the key enabler to building edge-native IoT solutions that can deliver targeted outcomes at mission critical speeds.


As Senior Global Director and Head of IoT Commercial in SAS’ IoT Division, Josh Becker is responsible for the development and execution of the global IoT commercial strategy. He leads a diverse team of business development professionals, with domain expertise across all verticals. Responsible for co-innovating and co-developing with ecosystem partners, Josh and his team collaborate to build differentiated IoT solutions and create net new revenue. Building on the foundational tenet that analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence can improve lives by enabling better decisions, Josh believes that the Internet of Things scales this opportunity significantly and is intensely focused on partnering with others who share this vision. Prior to his current position, Josh served SAS in a variety of roles including: Principal Industrial IoT Business Development Executive, Manufacturing & Industrial Direct Sales, Manufacturing & Supply Chain Industry Consulting, and Manufacturing Solutions Architect. Josh serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Warranty and Service Contract Association (GWSCA), a non-profit organization focused on providing innovation, education and resources to the warranty and service contract industry. Prior to joining SAS, Josh led the Reliability Engineering team for what is now Sub-Zero Group, Inc., a manufacturer of luxury appliance brands Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove. Josh received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well an MBA in Technology Management.