This April, we gathered in the southern city of Shenzhen for our annual Discovery Summit China. Curious JMP® users traveled from across the nation – and indeed, the world – to participate in a conference that proved to be as entertaining as it was enlightening.
Forward-thinking JMP® users exploit data for discovery and innovation
The day began with an inspiring plenary by Dr. Roger Hoerl, Professor of Statistics at Union College, in which he outlined the challenges companies face with Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution brought on by big data, the internet of things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems. “The story has not yet been written for Industry 4.0, and the problems to be solved are too complex and diverse for any one method to suffice,” Hoerl said.
Indeed, the integration of new cyber solutions with traditional technology proved to be a major theme of this year’s summit. Hoerl began the discussion with an astute observation: “In the era of Industry 4.0, only a holistic approach will suffice; an improvement system rather than a favorite tool is key.” That improvement system, he said, must be seen as a core business function motivated by executive leadership that is not only supportive, but also actively engaged in driving innovation through improvement.
One company that has really embodied this improvement paradigm is BOE Technology Group, one of China’s foremost innovators in the display and smart systems arena. Keynote speaker Pengfei Rong, Section Chief in Quality Planning at BOE, shared how she and her colleagues are leading the way toward fully integrated systems. The secret, she told a packed house, is embracing the symbiosis between data analytics and quality improvement.
“If you don’t innovate, you’re bound to decline,” Rong said. “The question is not whether to innovate or not. It is who can innovate better and who can innovate faster.” An energized audience snapped photos of the wisdom highlighted in Rong’s presentation – and lined up to speak with her at the end of the plenary sessions.
In one of the afternoon’s breakout sessions, Dewen Mo, Senior Manager of Engineering at Shanghai Putailai New Energy Technology Co., shared the company’s strategy for integrating JMP into a platform that collects product manufacturing data in real time. In another session, Henry Qiao, Six Sigma Deployment Manager at ATL, the world’s leading producer of lithium-ion batteries, shared modeling methods that have helped the company dramatically reduce process variation.
JMP users explore a variety of topics with their data, uncovering findings that change the world. These valuable discoveries are meant to be shared. Such was the thesis of the day’s final session, in which Jeff Perkinson, JMP Customer Care Manager, announced two exciting new additions to the JMP family of products: JMP Public and JMP Live.