Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BPM Symposium 2015 in Winterthur

At School of Management and Law (zhaw) Winterthur in Switzerland during the BPM Symposium 2015 the results of a study were presented. The focus of the study was iBPM - process intelligence.

«Process intelligence deals with intelligently using the data generated from the execution of the process»
Fundamentals of Business Process Management (Dumas, La Rosa, Mendling, & Reijers, 2013)

The intelligence has been differentiated in creative, analytic and practical.

The results of the study shows the usage of the BPM in companies:

  1. increasing efficiency 61%
  2. customer orientation 49%
  3. process transparency 38%
  4. minimize business risks 29%

Surprising for me was the fact that 28% of the asked companies are using no methodology to monitor the business process.

But it was not only surprise for me in this study...
Only 6% of companies are using Dataintegration and Datatransformation Tools to automate the business processes.

If we consider the digitalisation as the main prerequisite for Industry 4.0 then there is still a lot work to do...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Summary: Success in the Future of Smart Services

During the seminar at the University St.Gallen I had in-depth discussions with the participants from research and industry. It was the great platform to connect with some of the leaders in the field of smart services and grow my personal network.

The seminar focused on understanding the offering of smart services by manufacturing companies.

The agenda has been built to derive individual implications from the benchmarking results. And indeed it is worthwhile to take a closer look to some results of this study.

There were more than 140 companies from many regions with focus on Europe. The timeline of the benchmarking was April - October 2015.

For me the most interesting results of the benchmarking study "Success in the Future of Smart Services"

       Yellow = successful practices
       Grey = average of active companies
       Blue = implementing companies

Value Proposition

Successful Practice companies tend to see smart services as crucial for the customers; implementing companies consider them rather as add-ons

Value Proposition

Successful Practice companies clearly set the marketing of their products on a premium focus

Value Creation

Core competencies have to stay in-house. The amount of outsourced value creation differs depending on the companies' internal abilities.

Value Capture

While implementing companies focus on capturing monetary values, Successful Practice Companies have recognised that both earning money and capturing data is important for business success.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Discussion concerning the Industrie 4.0 Standards

How important the standardisation in Industrie 4.0 is, and how sensitive this topic is, shows the current discussion in the online magazines.

An article on the website of the Manager magazine is causing quite a stir in Germany and in the US. The headline : Germany sets the standards for industry 4.0 lets cheer domestic observers.

But it is not so easy...

The author of the article asserts that IIC (Industrial Internet Consortium) had reached an agreement with German industry 4.0 platform and both reference architectures are almost identical. 
"In the summer it also convinced the Americans."
The true story is that the Relevant discussions - about the different ways of thinking - are in progress. The cooperation is a clear goal.

Even within Industrie 4.0 itself there will be not only ONE reference architecture. Rather a framework of suitable architectures.
Due to the different thematic focus, we should not expect that there will be a common standard for all sectors and industries.

Whether the architectural approaches of IIC fit into this framework, has to be evaluated.