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18/06/2018

Successful Global Partner Academy 2018 in Vienna

From June 13th to 14th we invited our global partner companies to Vienna for an interactive discussion on the possible applications of zenon. The agenda for the Global Partner Academy 2018 included presentations and in-depth workshops with our experts, practical reference visits and international networking under the event slogan "World Cup of Automation".

This year's COPA-DATA Global Partner Academy (GPA) in Vienna was attended by 215 participants representing 98 companies from 30 countries. The third-annual GPA, the worldwide rendezvous for members of the COPA-DATA partner community, brought together twice as many people as it did in 2016. Johannes Petrowisch, Head of Corporate Partnerships at COPA-DATA, was delighted by this growth, commenting: "This GPA shows the continuous growth trajectory that we and our partners are experiencing worldwide. It is a strong sign that our zenon software is delighting so many experts throughout the world and that automation is advancing in harmony with digitalization. We would like to warmly thank all participants."

 

Participants at the GPA 2018

 

Promoting dialogue about digitalization

One highlight was an insight provided by Ulrike Huemer, lawyer and CIO of the city of Vienna, into city development and planning for one of Europe's largest and, at the same time, most livable city regions. The city of Vienna has already been following a digital agenda for increasing transparency and decreasing bureaucracy for its citizens for several years now. In the lawyer's speech, she focused on a key challenge for the coming years: interlinking all social sectors that are involved in the digital transformation. International participants at GPA 2018 agreed with her conclusion that only through open discussion and dialogue between economy, industry, society and public authorities can the advantages of digitalization take effect.

 

Ulrike Huemer, CIO of the the city of Vienna

 

Global insights with zenon

Furthermore, our partner companies obtained extensive know-how on the new zenon 8.00 and zenon Analyzer 3.20 software versions. Example applications from around the world underscored the variety of solutions that can be implemented with zenon – from ergonomic human-machine interfaces and powerful control stations to cloud-connected production analyses across different locations. GPA participants benefitted both from face-to-face conversations with our technology experts and in-depth workshops on technical and sales topics. The agenda was rounded off by two reference visits. In the energy distribution sector, participants at Wiener Netze's premises were able to get an idea of how 46 transformer stations and a 28,000 km distribution network provide energy to the city of Vienna and other parts of Austria. In the pilot factory for Industry 4.0, which was initiated by TU Wien, the Technical University of Vienna, GPA 2018 participants gained insights into the future of industrial production with a focus on smart, cyber-physical production systems.

 

Reference visit at Wiener Netze

 

Reference visit at pilot factory for Industry 4.0

 

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