Oct. 20, 2021

The Last Mile of Productivity


In episode 50 of the podcast, the topic is: The Last Mile of Productivity. Our guest is Laurent Vernerey, former CEO Schneider Electric USA, and member of Tulip's Board of Directors.

In this conversation, we talk about the digital transformation journey for the manufacturing industry, as seen through the lens of Schneider Electric. From the early days where those that did not digitize got lost, to being able to track, capture and monitor, to today's reality which is all about change management and being able to achieve scale and into the future of agile, lean and digital which entails scaling and squeezing the value out of hardware implementation as well as drastically improving the customer experience. 

Augmented is a podcast for industrial leaders, process engineers and shop floor operators, hosted by futurist Trond Arne Undheim (@trondau), presented by Tulip, the frontline operations platform, and associated with MFG.works, the industrial upskilling community launched at the World Economic Forum. 

Trond's takeaway: Benefiting from the industry luminaries I talk to every week, I'm eyeing a day when hardware, meaning physical objects of technological origin can scale at the speed and magnitude of software. This will create a whole new world, one where the sky's not the limit, in fact. We need it, because it might arrive just in time for us to avoid the complete destruction of our ecosystem--or at least to adapt to it--a set of issues we will tackle in forthcoming episodes about sustainability. For now, let's just work on the last mile, turning analytical improvements into intelligently preparing for unprecedented scale change in industrial manufacturing and innovation, all of which will be sorely needed soon enough.

Thanks for listening. If you liked the show, subscribe at Augmentedpodcast.co or in your preferred podcast player, and rate us with five stars. If you liked this episode, you might also like episode 33, Sustainable Manufacturing at Scale, episode 42, Business Beyond Buzzwords, or episode 23, Digital Manufacturing in the Cloud. Hopefully, you'll find something awesome in these or other episodes. If so, do let us know by messaging us, we would love to share your thoughts with other listeners. 

The Augmented podcast is created in association with Tulip, connected frontline operations platform that connects the people, machines, devices, and the systems used in a production or logistics process in a physical location. Tulip is democratizing technology and empowering those closest to operations to solve problems. Tulip is also hiring. You can find Tulip at Tulip.co

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Laurent Vernerey

Former CEO Schneider Electric USA, Tulip BOD

Managed large Global Business P&L ($5B+) and large Regional Operations. Lead major Acquisitions representing 50% of the company growth. Gained leadership position in the Datacenter Physical Infrastructure. Drove business model transformations from Products to Solutions. 10 Years Executive Committee member – Fortune 500. Current Position : Advisor to Acuity Brands ; Board Member of Tulip Interfaces. Mr. Vernerey has a MBA from the Fuqua Business School at Duke University.