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As Liveworx 2019 — which organizers describe as the “definitive event for digital transformation” — wraps up at the Boston Convention Center, several thousand attendees will likely return to their corporate homes charged up and ready to implement change.

But for some IT professionals, their enthusiasm may fade as budgetary constraints and a corporate culture focused on other issues thwart implementation of a variety of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and Internet of Things platforms.

Overall, Liveworx, presented by PTC along with sponsors such as Accenture, Deloitte, Microsoft and Rockwell Automation, offered attendees a chance to reimagine how to transform their businesses digitally by automating and enhancing routine and conventional processes across the supply chain. The event featured hundreds of educational tracks across industries such as aerospace and defense, life sciences, manufacturing, and retail and fashion, among other segments.

During a panel session moderated by Ben Hanson, senior analyst at Which PLM, “Using Artificial Intelligence to Transform Product Development — From Planning to Commercialization,” the presenters discussed how AI can accelerate success by automating mundane tasks. Speakers included Tim Andreae, vice president of global alliance at First Insight; Quach Hai, vice president of product management at PTC; Bala Mandani, senior manager of product development systems at Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Jordan Reynolds, digital innovation officer at Kalypso.

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