The Digital Transformation triggers considerable changes in our daily life and in many business areas. These changes may be considered sometimes evolutionary whereas other times they are simply natural, though linked with a disruptive rethinking of the business models. The usage of ICT became meanwhile common-sense. Products, processes and services are increasingly digitally transformed and bound through innovation with the Smart Services, which are used by customers at their individual pace and as needed. The traditional business models of the German leading industries such as Automotive, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Medical Devices, Logistics or Energy change themselves as the whole economy does, based on the opportunities offered by the Industry 4.0. Every day, increasing data sets with personal and business information are created by Internet linked products and manufacturing plants (cyber-physical production systems). The production and utilization processes are consequently digitized and analyzed, so that new intelligent services and products are further on developed and one each other connected.
Many companies have already recognized the new chances and adapted quickly to the opportunities created. They are offering beside their products, some new, added value Services, or are adapting their business models to “outcome based services”. Therefore, the Smart Service Platforms are becoming beside the Industry 4.0 an increased importance.
This presentation discusses which preconditions must be met in order to implement the above mentioned changes in an industrial company. It shows, also through the power of example, which are the today’s Industry 4.0 elements that can be currently implemented. It concludes with how companies may develop and use their own Industry 4.0 and Smart Services strategy.
Head of Atos SI Manufacturing, Retail and Transportation
After an apprenticeship as tool maker at Hella KG, Ulrich Ahle studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Paderborn. Firstly he was a development engineer in the field Printer Development at Nixdorf Computer AG, later team leader Technical Processes and responsible project manager for the implementation of the PLM system Metaphase (today Teamcenter) together with SAP. From 1996 on he was responsible at Siemens Business Services for the PLM business. After that he became General Manager for the e-Business Practice Business Information Management in the areas Knowledge Management, Product Lifecycle Management and Business Intelligence. Since 2011 Mr. Ahle is head of the Manufacturing, Retail & Transportation business at Atos in Germany. In addition Mr. Ahle is Member of the Board of the ProSTEP iViP organization in Germany which has its main activities in Engineering and Manufacturing IT. Here he represents the member group of IT product and service providers.
Enterprise, Small / Medium Enterprise, OEM,
digital enterprise, manufacturing, industrial data analytics, industry 4.0, smart services, additive manufacturing, data driven maintainance, core communication platform,
CxO, VP / Director, Middle Management, Business Line Management,
Expert, Advanced, Intermediate,
Retail, Manufacturing, Industrials, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical / BioTech, Automotive
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