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Edge Computing: From Hype to Disruption

Edge Computing: From Hype to Disruption

It is not just production that is moving to the edge; computing is too. With the increasing availability of high-speed Internet links and exponential progress in storage and computing capacity, we can move applications to the edge for faster and more complex behaviors. Edge Computing is a distributed computing paradigm with many powerful applications affecting virtually all industries.


  • Sam Nagar, SVP of Factory Automation, Siemens
  • Blaine Mathieu, CEO, Pratexo
  • Tim M. Crawford, CIO Strategy Advisor, AVOA
  • Shawn Fitzgerald, Research Director,
    Worldwide Digital Transformation Strategies, IDC

Recorded May 25, 2021

Note: Recorded before PLI rebranded as the Post-Industrial Institute

Speaker Biographies

Sam Nagar
SVP of Factory Automation

A visionary entrepreneur and pioneer in edge computing, Sam became the industry’s youngest CEO when he founded the market-leading edge computing software platform Pixeom in 2014. He assumed his current position following Pixeom’s acquisition by Siemens in 2019, and is now responsible for ensuring that Siemens remains at the cutting edge of innovation and technology in its worldwide operations spanning electrification, automation, and digitalization.

Sam’s entrepreneurship has been driven by his passion, focus, and expertise in digital technologies and his in-depth knowledge of enterprise-focused IoT, operating systems, virtualization, and distributed computing. He also set a global example for remote work when he established Pixeom as a fully remote company, managing a team of employees around the world for five years. Sam earned his B.S. in computer engineering and computer science from the University of Southern California (USC). Originally from Boston, he resides in California with his wife.


Blaine Mathieu
CEO, Pratexo

As a CEO, CMO, Chief Products Officer, and Founder at both private software and IoT startups and public tech giants, Blaine has helped build numerous high-growth, high-margin businesses. Over the course of his career, he has worked with companies across North America, Europe, and Asia, and his passion for AI, IoT, and edge computing has also made him a sought-after speaker at dozens of global industry events. Blaine is based in the SF Bay Area.


Shawn Fitzgerald
Research Director,
Worldwide Digital Transformation Strategies

Shawn has been quoted in numerous articles and reports, including both The Economist and Forbes. He is a business practitioner, digital transformation (DX) thought leader, researcher, and public speaker with extensive global business and technology experiences. As a Lean Sigma certified Black Belt practitioner, he’s led enterprise change management initiatives at Dow 30 and Fortune 1000 companies across industry verticals, including clinical research, life sciences, medical device, manufacturing, and multi-modal transportation sectors.

Shawn’s research coverage is centered on digital economies and societies; how companies are developing and leveraging new business, technology, and operating models for the benefit of businesses, markets, and customers that include sustainable business performance, growth, and profitability. Mr. Fitzgerald’s research also includes helping companies realize competitively differentiated digital visions and strategies through transformative leadership.


Tim M. Crawford,
CIO Strategy Advisor

Tim Crawford is ranked as one of the topmost influential CIOs. Tim is a transformational CIO with broad experience that takes a provocative but pragmatic approach to the intersection of business and technology. Tim has served as CIO and other senior IT leadership roles with global organizations such as Konica Minolta/ All Covered, Stanford University, Knight-Ridder, Philips Electronics, and National Semiconductor. Tim is also the host of the CIO In The Know podcast.