Jeff Bates

Product Manager, PTC

Jeff Bates leads product management for ThingWorx's portfolio of edge and connectivity applications, including ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity, KEPServerEX and all Kepware products, the ThingWorx Edge Microserver and the ThingWorx Edge SDKs. Jeff works closely with end-users, partners, and industry experts to ensure that ThingWorx connectivity solutions remain best-in-class. Prior to this role he consulted with leading manufacturers, helping them define growth strategies and tactics. He received his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Session Details

Tuesday, June 19 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM 106

s842 - ThingWorx Foundation & Edge Product Roadmap Update

Attend this session to learn about all the exciting new features and functionality planned for ThingWorx Foundation and Edge. Hear PTC’s strategy around popular ThingWorx Foundation topics such as open platform, developer enablement, microservices architecture and device management, including tools you’re all familiar with in Composer and Mashup Builder. Understand our planned investments for the ThingWorx Edge MicroServer and SDK’s, as well as, targeted improvements for Industrial Connectivity.

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Tuesday, June 19 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 106

s606 - The Edge: Providing the 'Things' for the IoT

This session will cover the first step in any industrial IoT or Industrie 4.0 deployment or proof of concept- connecting assets. This session will discuss real connectivity use cases for both operators and Product OEMs, and illustrate some of the key requirements for edge technology.

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Wednesday, June 20 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM 205 BC

s693 - Best Practices for Industrial Control System Security

Industrial Control Systems (ICS) networks are likely the most critical networks to secure from malicious actors. Most ICS networks connect and control processes that are safety-critical. Failure or loss of control can impact a single worker, an entire site, or even an entire region. Recent cybersecurity attacks have demonstrated that traditional methods of securing these networks are no longer sufficient. In this session, we will introduce best practices for auditing your existing network operations, how to design a network with best-in-class security, and how to harden and deploy middleware applications (such as KEPServerEX) to improve ICS network security.

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