How Are Mobile Networks, IoT Transforming The Field?

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 09/06/2017
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Chris Hewitt

As enterprise IT leaders and decision makers descend on San Diego this November for the Enterprise Mobility Digital Transformation Exchange, they’ll come away with information and knowledge from their peers that could possibly alter the way their company operates.

On November 9 and 10 at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, Mission Bay, dozens of CIOs, VPs, and directors of technology and mobility will come together to network, learn, benchmark, and meet with onsite solution providers in a closed-door, invite-only setting.

The two-day agenda is filled with use cases, executive panels, round table discussion and thought leadership. One of those speaking sessions will come from Chris Hewitt of DuPont. Chris will be joined by his mobility team (Doug Downs and Matt Cubit) who were instrumental in ensuring this technology met their business needs. Hewitt, who serves as the Center of Excellence Leader – Personal Productivity Technologies, will lead the session titled “Transforming The Field With Mobile Networks and IoT Solutioning.”

Hewitt sat down with Enterprise Mobility Exchange to discuss what the presentation would hold, and how it could impact the audience.

Enterprise Mobility Exchange: What are the highlights of your presentation at the Enterprise Mobility Digital Transformation Exchange?
Chris Hewitt: It's two-fold. On the business side, I will explain a practical use case on how a partnership brided conversations and decisions between farm operations and DuPont. I will share why DuPont Industrial Biosciences choose to pioneer the use of Telemetry in the Cellulosic ethanol space. From the IT side, I will explain how utilizing IoT we developed a solution to fill the void of an industry gap resulting in driving costs down and designing a model for the future.

EME: How does the topic pertain to your enterprise, and how is it currently being used?
CH: DuPont has developed technology to convert what some call "trash" from corn grain production (corn plant residue) and create a multi-million dollar, first of its kind transportation fuel industry. With just a 70-day window, we pick up enough "trash" to run the plant for a full year and leverage notifications to ensure our crews know where to be, when.

Cellulosic ethanol is the birth of a new industry. DuPont Industrial Biosciences made the commitment to help get this industry off the ground and demonstrate the value with a full scale production plant producing 30,000,000 gallons from 375,000 tons of corn crop “residue” annually.

EME: What do you hope the audience will learn from your presentation? What do you hope they’ll bring back to the office?
CH: Jason, thank you for the question. I want the audience to take away three things:

  1. Listen beyond the customer request.
  2. Disruption is OK; it can be an opportunity.
  3. Partnership - IT and the business must become one.

My presentation reveals how “one man’s trash is another man’s fortune. I challenged my team to explore options for our business to go beyond a “legacy” way of thinking and determine the art of possible. The result was a solution which delivered value by:

  • Data-driven quality decisions
  • Reducing cost
  • Improving quality
  • Developing alerts to maximize productivity

In addition to the presentation on day two of the event, Hewitt will take part in an executive panel on day one, focused on Uniting Mobile, Innovation & The Business. On that panel, Hewitt will be joined by BNY Mellon’s VP of Product and Strategy, Kumar Srivastava. Find out what Srivastava will be presenting and speaking about by clicking here.

To find out more about the Enterprise Mobility Digital Transformation Exchange, click here.

Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt