Howard Heppelmann

DVP and GM, ThingWorx IoT Solutions , PTC

Howard Heppelmann is Divisional Vice President and General Manager of PTC’s ThingWorx IoT Solutions business segment. In this role he is responsible for bringing to market solutions that harness today’s most disruptive technologies into a continuous digital thread that enables industrial companies to improve operational efficiency, differentiate products and service offerings and transform business models.



Howard most recently served as Vice President and General Manager, ThingWorx IoT Solutions. In this role he was responsible for bringing to market solutions to help manufacturing leaders improve efficiency, agility, quality and workforce safety in discrete manufacturing, oil & gas and process manufacturing market segments. Howard’s previous roles at PTC include General Manager, Connected Product Management and General Manager, Service Lifecycle Management.

Howard has worked in the manufacturing industry since 1990 and has extensive experience working with businesses to apply Industrie 4.0, Smart Connected Operations and Smart Connected Product technologies and process innovation in order to transform how industrial companies design, manufacture, sell, operate and deliver service in a today’s Internet of Things (IoT) powered world.

Howard is a regular participant at industry seminars where he has presented on important topics such as Industrie 4.0, Service Lifecycle Management (SLM), Smart, connected Products and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and product development best practices in both discrete manufacturing and retail. He has been published and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and numerous other business and trade publications.


Howard attended Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota, where he earned degrees in Economics and International Studies.

Session Track: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Wednesday, May 17 10:15 am – 10:45 am General Session | Hall B

Extending The Value of the Digital Thread with ALM, IIoT, and AR

The pressure to develop high-quality, differentiated products faster and more efficiently with optimized customer experiences is compelling companies in many industries to pursue a digital thread strategy. The digital thread brings together siloed departments, suppliers, and customers to deliver up-to-date product and process information, capture real-time insights, and enables closed-loop feedback across the value chain. While early concepts focused on PLM, now Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) enables systems and software-driven product innovation, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) makes it possible to collect data on products in the field, and Augmented Reality (AR) digitally empowers front-line workers along the digital thread. Join this session to learn how PTC customers are expanding the value of the digital thread.

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