Are industrial bottlenecks preventing your business from growing?

According to IDC, most companies lose 20-30% in revenue every year due to bottlenecks and inefficiencies. Operational bottlenecks in the form of downtime, production quality issues, and process delays can emerge anywhere, at anytime, along your supply chain, creating an irreparable dent to your revenue streams. In fact, GE predicts that just one day of downtime on an offshore platform can prevent $7 million per day in lost production, and for Toyota, every minute of unplanned downtime on their factory floors costs them over $60,000 a minute in lost revenue! That’s lost working capital that investors and stakeholders would rather see spent on more productive uses.

Organizations around the world are now adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI) based technology solutions to create smarter, leaner, safer and sustainable manufacturing systems to eliminate bottlenecks. According to McKinsey, Smart Supply Chain Management is in the top three areas to benefit most from AI adoption.

With some 5 decades of mostly disaggregated corporate legacy data already in existence, and soon over 50 billion smart connected devices by 2020 generating data-streams in real-time, it becomes all the more challenging for companies to eliminate operational bottlenecks without using AI and automation software.

If companies can’t dynamically analyze and create executable insights from the existing data systems and teams they already have in house, then they simply aren’t ready for any sort of so-called Digital Transformation or Industry 4.0 project.

The solution is clear – Harnessing the power of the existing data using AI can enable companies to create intelligent supply chains for end-to-end operational excellence.

Participate in this insightful panel and two-way dialogue with leading AI, Supply Chain, and Operations Experts from across the globe about how to start eliminating operational bottlenecks today

In the first of its thought leadership series, ThroughPut is bringing together the world’s leading experts in the field of Bottleneck Elimination & ManagementTechnologies to Silicon Valley. The panel includes:

  • Dr. Alan Barnard: TOC expert and the partner of the “Father of Bottleneck Management”, Eli Goldratt (visiting from Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Dr. Ramesh Ballapragada: World-renowned Industrial Automation Professor & Inventor of the first AI-powered shifting bottleneck simulator, also locally influencing the optimization of the Bay Area FasTrak lanes (San Francisco, CA)
  • Eric West: Ford Mobility Partnerships, an innovation director focused on using cutting-edge technology to eliminate bottlenecks (San Francisco, CA)
  • Curtis Feeny : Managing Director at Voyager Capital, has served on 31 boards, both public and private. Curtis represents Voyager on the boards of Ayla Networks, Sensys and Vidder. Curtis is also on the board of CBRE Group and Staples (SPLS: NYSE).
  • Ali Raza: CEO of ThroughPut, a Silicon Valley-based company that enables bottleneck elimination through unique Operational AI (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Moderator & other Expert Panelists to be announced shortly

This invite-only, exclusive event brings together a stellar panel of practitioners who have dedicated their lives to use applied AI and Eliminating Bottlenecks for the good of humanity and have successfully generated many billions of dollars of output during the process.

Join us for this exclusive panel discussion and networking event to engage in deep conversations with our experts to answer your burning questions on AI, Supply Chains and Industrial Bottlenecks Elimination.

All registrants will be provided with the video recording link following the event.


Dr. Alan Barnard

World’s Leading Decision Scientist and Theory of Constraints Expert

Dr. Alan Barnard co-founded the Goldratt Research Labs alongside the creator of Theory of Constraints, Dr. Eli Goldratt with the aim of formulating a scientific approach to improve organizational decision making. Among the many hats he wears, Alan is also a speaker, author and active member of several non-profit organizations and universities. He works as a Strategy Advisor, Researcher and Theory of Constraint (TOC) expert and educator, with both Fortune 500 companies, as well as NGO’s and Government Agencies.

Dr. Ramesh Bollapragada

Distinguished Industrial Automation Professor at SFSU, Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Ramesh is a visionary who is responsible for optimizing the FasTrak lanes across the Bay Area Highways, showcasing how data simulations eliminated bottlenecks back in the day. Ramesh’s Carnegie Mellon University Research team was the first group in the world to look at the “shifting bottleneck” problem from an AI perspective. Ramesh’s team included Nobel Laureates like Herbert Simon (the father of Decision Sciences & Applied Artificial Intelligence).

Curtis Feeny

Managing Director at Voyager Capital

Curtis Feeny has invested in enterprise software for 19 years with a focus on data analytics. His boards have included Khan Academy, Stanford Federal Credit Union, Staples (SPLS:NYSE), Ayla Networks, Kaggle,, Autogrid, Sensys, Social Survey, and numerous other successful startups. Curtis serves on the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Executive Network, a professional organization with 500 Valley tech companies and 2,000 C- level execs as members. He also invested early in Plangrid (acquired Autodesk), Accuray (IPO), and other successful startups out of Stanford University. He served on the board of Trammell Crow Company (TCC: NYSE), which was purchased by CB Richard Ellis (CBG: NYSE) in 2006.

Curtis was appointed by President George W. Bush to be a Trustee of the Presidio Trust. Previously, Curtis was the first Executive Vice President of the newly formed Stanford Management Company, helping oversee the University’s endowment from 1992 to 2000, when assets under management grew from $1.5 billion to $9 billion. Curtis has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.

Ali Raza

Founder and CEO, ThroughPut Inc

Ali comes from a deep academic and real-world industrial operations in process simulations and operations management. He has managed onshore / offshore / war zone logistics as well as batch, continuous, and discrete manufacturing setups. At Schlumberger, he became one of the youngest Geomarket Production Services, pioneering 3 projects and serving 50+ industrial clients. His production teams were responsible for billions of dollars of hydrocarbon output to the global economy. Ali joined his first tech startup while still an undergraduate student. Since then, he has been eliminating one global bottleneck after another, with his current focus on optimizing supply chains that extend from Silicon Valley to Mars. Ali holds a BSE & MSE from the University of Pennsylvania in Chemical Biomolecular Engineering with concentrations in Pharmaceutics & Biotechnology.

Eric West

Strategic Partnerships @ Ford Smart Mobility

Eric runs Strategic Partnerships at Ford Smart Mobility. Erics’s current work at Ford Mobility involves scouting new mechanical engineering and robotics principles in an R&D lab. Originally an aerospace engineer for 12 years, Eric learned how to impart structure around ideas that transform them into solutions. Previously, Eric had manufacturing and engineering lead roles at the likes of HARMAN, Samsung Automotive, Sikorsky, & United Technology. Eric holds a BSE from Carnegie Mellon University, an MSE from Columbia University, and an MBA from New York University.


Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to meet the top brass of Global Industrial Operations, CVCs, Innovation Labs, Investors and Fortune 500 Industrial conglomerates.

If any of these questions are taking a top spot in your minds or work meetings, this panel discussion will help you get the answers your seek:

  • How do I identify bottlenecks and inefficient processes that exist in my manufacturing supply chain?
  • How do I start using my existing operations data metrics like cycle time, uptime to help create operational benefits for my teams?
  • Where and how do I get started with using technology capabilities like AI, real time analytics etc. to measure and track my bottlenecks?
  • How can I optimize my operations cycle to increase the speed and delivery of orders for my customers?
  • How can I automate real-time decision making for my industry operations?
  • How can I start using a data-driven approach to help me in reporting, quarterly planning & annual goals?
  • How do I perform a root-cause analysis for my operational issues?
  • Is my company even ready yet for a Digital Transformation or Industry 4.0 project?
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