Friday, October 30, 2015

Buchempfehlung! Update: Warum die Datenrevolution uns alle betrifft

In English...

Ein signiertes Exemplar von diesem Buch habe ich von meinem Kollegen bekommen, der bei der SAP arbeitet und mein Interesse und Passion im Bereich der Digitalisierung kennt.

Ganz am Anfang möchte ich eine klare Empfehlung fürs Buch aussprechen. Die Digitalisierung schreitet voran und die Frage ist nur wie gehen wir mit diesem Thema um, wie möchten wir leben und wer über unsere Daten verfügen soll.


Im ersten Kapitel wird die Datenrevolution selber ins Leben gerufen. Im zweiten Kapitel wird erklärt, worum es bei Big Data eigentlich geht. Wie unsere Datenspuren im Alltag entstehen wird im Kapitel drei beschrieben.

Kapitel vier ist nach einzelnen Lebensbereiches, bzw. Aspekten aufgeteilt. Von der Gesundheit, über Smart Home bis zu Industrie 4.0 wird aus meiner Sicht alles abgedeckt. Bei jedem Thema gibt's eine kurze Einführung, gefolgt von Argumentation dafür und dagegen, abgeschlossen mit Interviews mit Politiker, Journalisten und Experten auf bestimmten Gebiet.

Diese Aufteilung ist sehr gelungen und führt den Leser sehr geschickt durch die komplexen Sachverhalte.

Es spielt keine Rolle, ob der Leser Anhänger oder eher Gegner der Digitalisierung ist. Die Autoren fassen die Tatsachen und Thesen in den letzten beiden Kapiteln nochmal zusammen. Die Schlüsse muss jeder Leser für sich ziehen.

Ich finde das Buch unterhaltsam geschrieben, und obwohl ich selber Keynotes zum Thema Smart Services und Industrie 4.0 halte, und mich mit dem Thema Digitalisierung geschäftlich auseinander setze, habe ich im Buch die eine oder andere neue Sichtperspektive gefunden.

Die wichtigste These, die mir privat und auch geschäftlich sehr wichtig ist…
Jedem Bürger bleibt es überlassen, ob und wem er seine Daten überlassen möchte, allerdings unter zwei Voraussetzungen:

  1. Er weiß, was mit seinen Daten passiert und was mit den Daten gemacht wird.
  2. Er kann jederzeit aussteigen und seine Einwilligung widerrufen.

Und diese zwei Prämissen sind nicht gewährleistet und es bleibt ein langer Weg zu gehen… Wir müssen für diese zwei Grundrechte einer digitalen Verfassung  weiterkämpfen. Es wäre fatal, unsere Freiheit für eine Art von Komfort aufzugeben!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

1. Handelsblatt Industriegipfel "Industrie 4.0"




Our breakout session on 5. and 6. October 2015 in Berlin about Smart Services and Industry 4.0.

The key topic are the new digital business models, described with examples.

In German...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Digital Ecosystems - M2M IoT IoE

The concept of connecting physical objects is not really new. The first concept comes from Theodore G. Paraskevakos and his caller line ID system in 1968.

Connected physical objects, things, processes, data and people build the basis for the digital ecosystems.

To exploit opportunities and minimise risks it is important to understand differences between these three concepts.





Machine to Machine (M2M)

This concept represents closed, point-to-point communication between physical-first objects. More recently is M2M includes a range of technologies enabling communication between machines without human intervention.
Examples of M2M could be traffic control, robotics or smart home.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Embedding sensors, control systems, and processors enable horizontal communication across a multi-node, open networks of physical-first objects. There is no Point-To-Point communication and the "things" are uniquely identified.
Examples of IoT could be connected cars, smart meters or smart cities.

Internet of Everything (IoE)

The next step towards a digital ecosystem is the concept of Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE represents the widest concept of connectivity from the perspective of Smart Services.
The four key elements including all sorts of connections are People, Processes, Data and Things.
Examples of IoE could be found in the health industry.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

M2M without Tactile Internet? No way...


During the last Industry 4.0 conferences I had many interesting discussions and contacts. Surprisingly offen the topic was the 5G network and if it is really so crucial for Industry 4.0 (Industrial Internet) and the M2M communication (Machine to Machine).

Are there really any doubts? Does anybody think that we can build up on the existing communication infrastructure?

That's the main reason for this article and the try to describe the problem in understandable way without too much technical aspects.

The limits:

Where should we set the limits for the necessary communication? Of course a HUMAN. At the end a human plays the role of expert or controller in the whole system.

The speed of a human interaction is different 
-> 100ms for audio processing
-> 10ms is the shutter-speed of human ey
-> and 1ms is a human tactile in case of preemptive reaction.

As example:

If a human uses a touchscreen the speed of fingers is 1 meter per second, or 1mm/ms. So if the latency time would be for example 10ms, we are talking about the difference in 10mm - 1cm!!!

Have you ever tried to fly mobile phone controlled helicopter via WiFi? Then you know what I am talking about... ;-)


With such huge latency we cannot do any real-time controlling of machines, augmented reality, robotics or IoT.

In numbers:

300.000km/s is the speed of light. So if we would use the glass fibre as a medium and we would try to catch the latency 1ms then we are talking about 300km/s speed. In duplex mode 150km/s. 
As such we should not think about controlling of machines in real-time overseas.

Conclusion:

The answer is 5G. But not only because of the speed, but especially because of the resiliency and guaranteed latency. 
If we are talking about driverless cars then the ESP and ASB are already working with 1ms latency. That's enough for one autonomous car on the street but it is not enough for connected driverless cars that are communicating with each other...

I hope, I could explain in simple language the importance of technologies of 5G and Tactile Internet...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Smart Services Praxis - Wie Prozessmonitoring und Datenintegration funktionieren


  1. Wie schafft man reibungslose Abläufe und automatisierten Datenaustausch über Systemgrenzen?
  2. warum hilft ein modernes Prozessmonitoring in beinahe jeder Branche, Kosten zu senken und Kunden zu begeistern?
  3. Wie nutzen Industrie, Versicherung, Logistik und Handel Smart Services, Datenintegration und Process Event Monitoring heute in der Praxis?
  4. Und wie lassen sich Smart Services und moderne Kommunikationsschnittstellen auch außerhalb der klassischen Produktionsumgebungen technisch leicht umsetzen? 


Antworten auf diese und Ihre Fragen in meinem COMPUTERWOCHE-Webinar am Dienstag, 13. Oktober 2015, 11:00 Uhr, LIVE 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

ZUGFeRD - eInvoice standard with great potential


On Wednesday the 30th September I had the honor to hold a keynote about Industry 4.0 and the digitalization in the industry at the Embassy of France. In front of 130 guests I had the possibility to describe the importance of the digitalization in enterprises to build new digital business models and to extend the technical and economical advantage. The feedback were very positive. I reached the audience by capturing their attention and curiosity for the chances of Industry 4.0 and Smart Services.

On Thursday the 1th October we met together at the 2. FeRD Conference in the building of The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (German: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie), abbreviated BMWi.
The main topic was the international standard for eInvoice - ZUGFeRD. As the standardization is one of the "pain points" in the context of Industry 4.0 I was very curios about the current status and acceptance of this standard.

The first impression is very positive. The most important aspect for any standard is the spreading and broader use. There are EU-wide activities to establish ZUGFeRD as a global standard. And I heard also the Australian Authority is taking a look at this standard.

Also in the context of Industry 4.0 has ZUGFeRD shown its potential for the future applications. I personally remain an adherent of this standard.

If you are more interested about this standard then you can download the best practice guide for the introduction of ZUGFerd into a company (in German).

Friday, October 2, 2015

Amazon is trying to hurt Apple and Google’s business



What a message today morning:
Amazon’s ban of sales of the Apple and Google devices from third-party merchants was earlier reported by Bloomberg.

In my opinion if Amazon is trying to hurt Apple and Google’s business, this isn’t going to do it.

BUT it is the first class example how one company tries to use its "market power" to get advantage for the own products and services.

In my keynotes I communicate this risks to my audience in context of Industry 4.0 and Smart Services. Especially for German enterprises it is crucial not to lose "the control points" in the particular industrial sector.

Especially the business models of medium-sized companies are based on high-tech products. That's a good reason to be innovative and open to new "smart services" and "digital business models".
Otherwise the high-tech products will become a "commodity", in the context of the new digital business models, and then it would be too late to change the corporate strategy. 

Amazon gave me the best example today and I will mention this in my future keynotes surely!