Logically, radio frequency identification (RFID) deployment will be a far cry from a minor development project that can be completed in a few months or weeks. It will take months and years to assess how RFID will affect manufacturing and shipping operations and IT systems. It will take time to bring software up to a pilot stage, and after that, years of fine-tuning and IT system development will be needed to fully realize the gains in operational efficiency that the technology promises.
president, AMR Research ; Barry Wilderman, vice president, Meta Group ; Leo Quinn, vice president of operations, Global Manufacturing Solutions, Rockwell Automation ; Dave Brousell, editor-in-chief, Managing Automation ; David Berger, Western Management Consultants ; and Josh Greenbaum, principal, Enterprise Applications Consulting . Breakout sessions explored such topics as turning global competitive threats into opportunities, increasing the bottom line through operational efficiency, complying with