Ground-breaking Performance Solutions That
Deliver Sustainability & Operational Resilience

Now Available On-Demand

Originally Recorded:
January 19th, 2021

Sponsor: AVEVA (This webinar is presented by AVEVA and Microsoft)

Speakers: Rashesh Mody, Head of Monitoring and Control Business Unit, AVEVA
                  Justin Thomas, Sr. Director, Global Channel Sales Performance Portfolio, AVEVA
                  Ahmad El Dandachi, Industry Lead for Energy & Manufacturing, MEA, Microsoft

Moderator: Chris McNamara, Editor in Chief, Smart Industry

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Digital transformation through the cloud unlocks new value from your assets and empowers you to adopt prescriptive maintenance and enhanced visualization of your operations. With the ability to look ahead, you can prevent costly failures, reduce downtime, and focus on improving your company’s competitiveness. Our comprehensive Asset Performance Management (APM) software portfolio, along with AVEVA Unified Operations Center (UOC) is designed to overcome today’s industrial challenges by leveraging Azure AI services like Azure Cognitive Search and Azure Cognitive Services, industrial big data, Cloud, artificial intelligence, digital twin, and augmented reality. With improved analysis, you’ll eliminate inefficiencies, optimize operations, and improve profitability while improving safety for your workforce.

In this webinar with Microsoft, learn how AVEVA Asset Performance Management and AVEVA Unified Operations Center can help you:

  • Keep your operations running safely and securely with cloud and AI.
  • Improve asset performance and reliability with powerful analytics.
  • Discover intelligent efficiency gains with a digital twin.
  • Empower teams to enable enterprise-wide visibility and collaboration for improved, strategic decision making.

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Meet the Presenters

Rashesh Mody, AVEVARashesh Mody
Head of Monitoring
and Control Business Unit


Rashesh is responsible for product strategy, driving subscription transition and go-to-market activities related to AVEVA's HMI/SCADA, enterprise visualization and midstream pipeline offers. His primary focus is to enable our partner ecosystem covering all major industries (Process, Hybrid, Discrete and Infrastructure) with an Edge to Enterprise vision.

Ahmad El Dandachi, MicrosoftAhmad El Dandachi
Industry Lead for
Energy & Manufacturing, MEA


Ahmad has 24 years’ business & People leadership experience, and has been running large scale digital transformation projects at Microsoft for more than 16 of those. This experience includes Sales and business leadership roles across Europe and MEA: in Oman (as General Manager), Saudi Arabia (leading the Enterprise Team and Business across industries in Saudi Arabia), UAE/MEA (overseeing transformation projects for Enterprise Strategic clients) and lately at Microsoft France as Industry Lead for Transformational projects in Enterprise across Communication, Media, Construction and Services Global & Major accounts.

Before Microsoft, Ahmad worked at Sun Microsystems as Regional sales manager for Sun Software solutions. He also spent 3 years at France Telecom as Project manager for research and development on the convergence of IT and telephony.

Justin Thomas, AVEVAJustin Thomas
Sr. Director, Global Channel Sales
Performance Portfolio

Justin Thomas has 12 years with the APM portfolio. He has held roles in business development supporting APAC, EMEA, LATAM, North America, and Global Accounts. He is now the Global APM and Planning and Operations Channel Sales leader, and in this role, Justin is responsible for leading the sales strategy, campaigns and go to market for the AVEVA APM / P&O channel businesses. He interfaces between our field channel organization, marketing, and the APM / P&O BU. Justin lives in Chicago and has three children, one of which is a contemporary dance national champion.


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