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A true story of how to achieve more with less

The concept helps to improve productivity, sustainability and performance, while forging connections among people, production and technologies, says Rockwell Automation's chief

"Doing more with less" is Blake Moret's buzz-phrase. And, in his book, even in the age of cost-conscious corporates culture, "less" need not always mean fewer workers or a thinner wage bill-and "more" could very well mean more "indirect" jobs.

Moret, Rockwell Automation's president and CEO, and a mechanical engineer by training, is passionate about his vision for "Connected Enterprise", a concept or solution he believes can help people and enterprises to do more with less.

So, he is driving its acceleration through innovation, leveraging his in-depth knowledge of customers' business needs.

That knowledge is his by dint of decades of working with one of the world's largest industrial automation and information companies by market value.

Moret has 31 years of broad experience with Rockwell Automation, a leading provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions for manufacturers including leadership roles in marketing, solutions, services and product groups. He assumed his current management role on July 1 this year.

"Doing more with less", in China's context, is to maximize the application of the "Connected Enterprise", so as to deliver the future today, he said. The idea is highly related to China's campaign to upgrade the manufacturing sector through its "Made in China 2025" and "Internet Plus" initiatives.

According to Moret, the Connected Enterprise solution will forge connections among people, production processes and technologies through information-sharing and internet connectivity.

This will, in turn, enable enterprises to significantly improve productivity, sustainability and performance.

The solution, based on synergized control and information structure, offers enterprises smarter, safer and more productive manufacturing environment.

During his frequent visits to China, Moret is often found in meeting rooms with clients, or at manufacturing sites, listening to customers' latest requirement and needs.

Recently, he spoke with China Daily about the company's strategy, business opportunities and prospects. The following are the edited excerpts from the interview:

What are the major changes China's manufacturers are facing amid cutting overcapacity and the 'Made in China 2025' campaign?

In the past, it was enough just to provide equipment that would enable greater capacity or to replace older equipment. But today, there must be additional values such as faster time-to-market, lower total cost of ownership, increased asset utilization, and better management of enterprise risk.

It's also important to note that rarely does a manufacturer make the change all at once. So they should have a step-by-step approach and be able to put a foundation in place that's future-proof, so that you can take advantage of additional new technology in the future.

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