University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: New Program focuses on managing change from the industrial internet of things

MILWAUKEE – Big data streaming on the industrial internet of things (IIoT) has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing by seamlessly connecting all functions of an enterprise and by spawning technologies that accomplish that.

A new four-day program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business introduces senior managers and those who work with them to navigating and leading these game-changing connected systems.

Called the Connected Systems Challenge, the program focuses on big-picture IIoT strategy and leadership, diving deep into key performance indicators, enterprise resource planning, manufacturing execution systems, supply chain management and other topics. It is taught by seasoned manufacturing professionals and expert faculty.

Officials at General Electric predict the IIoT market will reach $225 billion by 2020, potentially impacting close to half of the world’s economy.
“Connected systems represents a huge culture change for companies, affecting how employees behave, the way they think about their work and how they are rewarded,” says Sarah Freeman, associate dean of executive education at the Lubar School.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is at the forefront of connected systems research with its recently launched Connected Systems Institute, a multidisciplinary center formed in collaboration with industry leaders such as Rockwell Automation, Microsoft and Johnson Controls.

“If you were able to organize all the data streams in the IIoT, it would reveal patterns that point to strategies for increasing efficiency, productivity and safety,” said Adel Nasiri, interim executive director of UWM’s Connected Systems Institute.
The program will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 1 and Dec. 12-13. For more details and registration information, visit

About UWM
Recognized as one of the nation’s 115 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 27,500 students from 91 countries on a budget of $689 million. Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2018 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.