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Industry 4.0 – state of affairs
New value creation models call for fresh new thinking(PresseBox) ( Frankfurt, )
Huge potential for new business ideas
The technical possibilities are numerous and offer extensive opportunities in all sectors for changing existing business models. Many companies, however, are not aware of the advanced value creation potential that is available thanks to IoT. The technology behind IoT serves primarily as an enabler to make new business models possible.
Often, IT decision makers consider the Internet of Things only from a technical perspective. They often have a hard time convincing other stakeholders of the sense of what is technically possible and that digital innovations may de facto even lead to new business models (ergo to increased sales). The Industry 4.0 vision of the future requires thinking outside the established framework and thus also means seeking new partners in other industries to explore potential new fields for value creation. The transformation of many business processes – and increasingly within existing production areas – creates a well-founded basis for diverse collaborations which go far beyond the hitherto existing fields of business. For many companies, a changed value creation strategy may indeed be a decisive advantage over competing low-wage countries. Here the focus is no longer solely on the product or the sale of high-quality products, but rather digital marketing based on the associated merits, i.e. services, software applications (if required) plus regular updates, fast and flexible local availability as well as a guarantee of customer-friendly use.
Innovative thinkers required
Along with innovative business ideas and sophisticated value-creation chains, it is also important to have the right kind of thinkers on board. These are not only technically savvy professionals and executives, such as: chief digital officers, data architects, digital project managers, data engineers, chief customer officers, chief Internet of Things officers, data scientists, or chief analytics officers. Professional or segment-external strategists are quite able to plan new and innovative business models and to see them through the maturation process. They have an unbiased eye for potential outside the already existing value creations.
Technical change doesn’t just happen on its own. It must be implemented and expedited by innovators, technically implemented by the IT staff and supported by all employees.
Martin Krill has been working for Hager Unternehmensberatung for more than fifteen years and was made a managing partner in 2004. He fills top sales and management positions in the technology industry as well as a number of other sectors.
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