The largest industrial software conference in Africa!
Our 27th annual User Conference was recently held at the beautiful Sun City Resort from 17-20 March. The theme for X-Change 2019 was The Revolution Evolution!
430 delegates across industry, a record-breaking number, who understand the importance and necessity of digital transformation, were treated to in-depth information sharing, education and networking opportunities in a power-packed event.
The outcome was that delegates learnt how AVEVA products and solutions can be utilised to allow "The New Way of Work" to enable the transformation from Edge to Enterprise solutions, to improve productivity and return on capital, enable insights across enterprise value chains, enhance competitiveness and improve customer experience. X-Change also sets a platform for our essential partners to showcase their skills and resources, to enable the above using AVEVA solutions.
- 20 different countries,
- 6 keynotes speakers,
- 24 international and
- 20 local presenters,
- facilitating 50 industry & breakout sessions,
- including 8 end-user presentations featuring major South African projects as case studies,
- and 15 partner exhibitors who profiled the latest product solutions and capabilities through hands-on training, ensured that delegates from around the globe gained invaluable exposure to industry-specific Digital Transformation solutions.
All X-CHANGE photos available at the bottom of the blog!
Doug Warren, VP, Strategic Partnerships, AVEVA
Keynote: Vision & Strategy
Mic Mann CO-CEO at SingularityU South Africa / Mann Made
Keynote: Catalysing the future of professionals
David Bleackley, Director UK, Nordics & South Africa, AVEVA
Keynote: Digital Transformation of Engineering Business Processes from Design, Construction and Into Operations
Pleasure Mnisi, Manager, Business Optimisation, Exxaro
Keynote: How to make a traditional mining organisation feel like a start-up!
Tim Sowell, Digital Portfolio Strategy, AVEVA
Keynote: Digital Transformation Roadmap
Richard Mulholland, Missing Link
Keynote: Beware of the Fox
INDUSTRY WORKSHOPS: INTELLIGENCE REVOLUTION JOURNEY
Delegates had the opportunity to listen to experts discussing the challenges that Hybrid, including food and beverage and general manufacturers are facing. Topics included:
- changes with consumer demands,
- product traceability,
- operations visibility,
- and strict regulatory compliance’s, relating to food safety.
Delegates were able to hear first-hand how IS³’s customers addressed these challenges by making the most from existing investments and improving their operational efficiencies with the New Way of Work from Edge to Enterprise.
Mining, Metals & Minerals
As the dynamics of the future in mining continuously shifts, there are mines which have already embraced these changes. Delegates learn that their mine could also transform and realise the operational efficiency gains and increased profitability it brings.
This comes from:
- holistic planning,
- organisational change,
- and process re-engineering;
the required parts for embracing the future of their mine. This enabled delegates to understand the importance of their roadmap; what initiatives they can deploy, utilising the New Way of Work from Edge to Enterprise.
Oil and Gas
In an era of low oil & gas commodity prices, process improvements and technology, efficiencies emerge as a critical success factor. Digital technology breakthroughs have already made it possible for companies to seize upon these efficiency improvement gains, without having to incur high CAPEX and OPEX.
This track helped delegates to explore these technologies in discovering how the New Way of Work from Edge to Enterprise will help them in managing costs and reduce risks.
To provide safe and reliable service to customers, utilities needs to meet key imperatives such as:
- ensuring continuity of service,
- meeting customer satisfaction,
- meeting regulatory compliance,
- and retaining a skilled workforce.
A highlight at the Collaboration Expo was the IS³ Integrated Command and Control Centre, which can be used as a management overview of assets. The following products were featured:
- Predictive Analytics,
- AVEVA Net,
- Control of Work,
- Wonderware System Platform OMI,
- and AVEVA E3D.
This was used to demonstrate integration between System Platform OMI and various AVEVA solutions to function as an Engineering and Management overview system.
Other products & solutions that were showcased at the expo and technical sessions included:
- Intouch Edge HMI,
- Citect 2018,
- Process Historian,
- InTouch Web,
- and AVEVA Insight.
- Supply Chain Planning,
- Supply Chain Scheduling,
- and Distribution and Network Optimisation.
- and Model Driven MES/Insight Performance/Workflow Management.
- Integrated Engineering and Design,
- and Enterprise Resource Management.
- Mobile Operator Rounds,
- Predictive Asset Analytics,
- and AVEVA Net.
15 Local and international hardware and software solution vendors demonstrated their real solutions to real problems.
Every year, these industry solution providers choose the unique opportunities offered by X-Change to network with existing and potential customers and to showcase their capabilities. From instrumentation to software, consulting to systems integration, these solution suppliers are at the top of their game and combine their skills, knowledge and experience with AVEVA solutions to provide world-class implementations to Africa and beyond.
X-CHANGE OPEN AWARDS
After three days of insights, X-Change 2019 concluded with the stellar X-Change Open Awards gala on Tuesday evening, announcing the winners across multiple categories and industries.
BIG THANK YOU
X-Change takes more than six months to plan and organise. From the invitation of international guests and call for presentations, to venue logistics and awareness campaigns, this is no casual event, and IS³ would like to thank everyone who contributed towards making X-Change 2019 the success it deserved to be on this, the 27th anniversary of the longest-running and most successful industrial software conference of its type in Africa.
We also want to thank media partner Technews for their continued support over the years as well as before and during the conference.
UPCOMING: BREAKFAST ROADSHOW
Winter Breakfast Roadshow from 11th – 28th June 2019
Port Elizabeth l Cape Town l Durban l Midrand
To learn more, read our related Blog posts
- X-Change 2019: Exhibitors
- X-Change 2019: Gala Award Winners
- X-Change 2019 Keynote video: Digital Transformation in the spotlight
- X-Change 2019 Keynote video: Digital Transformation of Engineering Business Processes
- X-Change 2019 Keynote video: How to make a traditional mining organisation feel like a start-up!
- X-Change 2019 Keynote video: AVEVA Digital Transformation Roadmap