According to the German Industry 4.0 Index, Industry 4.0 and the use of industrial Internet platforms have become a essential aspect for every other company. However, medium-sized companies, in particular, continue to insufficiently exploit the potential of these platforms. It is often dominated by individual solutions and simple technical exercises.
For the German Industry 4.0 Index, business consultancy Staufen together with experts from Staufen Digital Neonex surveyed around 450 industrial companies in Germany.
A great example of the unused possibilities of industrial platforms are web portals of many machine tool manufacturers, on which spare parts, additional parts and documentation are available. “All providers still have a very shielded portal that is limited to their own products,” says Dr. med. Jochen Schlick, Senior Partner at Staufen Digital Neonex. “However, this is not at all in line with customers’ reality, as they usually operate machines from various manufacturers and often have to use numerous platforms at once.”
Small and medium-sized enterprises should therefore strive for manufacturer-independent platforms in order to ensure their own competitiveness. And the clock is ticking. According to the German Industry 4.0 Index, more than half of all industrial companies surveyed assume that platforms will have great to very great strategic importance for their own industry in less than five years.
“After initial experience with cloud and similar services, the time has now come for companies to critically examine their previous platform activities,” says Industry 4.0 expert Schlick. “The challenge now is to move beyond just using technical gadgets and turn platforms into a lucrative sales and service channel for the entire lifecycle of a product.”
In addition to a strategic shift towards more cooperation and targeted development of the service business, new technical developments cannot be ignored. “The next step for platforms is establishing a direct connection to the machines via the Internet of Things,” says Management Consultant Schlick. “This requires developing real-time functionalities that, thanks to a 5G network that is currently under way, are now no longer just gadgets, but real business opportunities.”
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