Tuesday, February 16, 2016

There is no Fourth Industrial Revolution

The central theme during the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos was the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In Germany we call it Industrie 4.0

Jeremy Rifkin commented his aversion to this statement in the following article in huffingtonpost.com The 2016 World Economic Forum Misfires With Its Fourth Industrial Revolution Theme

And said his clear opinion during his keynote at the DLD16 conference in this video.

THERE IS NO Fourth Industrial Revolution, but The Third Industrial Revolution.
And his message is clear. If we should talk about "revolution" then the "platform" must change. With the platform is meant the basis for efficiency and productivity.
There are three main fundamentals of the Third Industrial Revolution experienced to changes to our societies and economies.
The digitization of communication, energy, and transportation creating a super-Internet of Things infrastructure.

So what is with the Industrie 4.0? Are we barking up the wrong three in Europe?
Actually not! 
Mr. Rifkin considers the European Union and China leaders in this quest for change!

Monday, February 15, 2016

PUSHED vs. DRIVEN digitization

The digitization of processes in nearly all industries is a hot topic in Germany.
84 percent of industrial companies in Germany feel a pressure on the digitization within their industry.

During the last year we introduced a new methodology of systematically developing from a new technologies and new ideas a mature business model that has been thought through in all necessary respects of Smart Services.

The process for creating a completely new service and a business model consists of 5 stages:

1. Existing Business Model
- reconsidering your existing business model with extending or changing
2. The Perspective
- determine the kind of opportunity (alone or alliance)
3. Integration
- networked environment of devices, data, applications, processes and services
4. The Connectivity
- the physical and digital world become one
5. The Delivery
- done! Making the ubiquity shift is challenging

Practical experience shows that using the same methodology does not guarantee the same results and understanding.

In the following infographics shows two types of digitization PUSHED or DRIVEN.

Approach PUSHED means the acting under the constraint of the current situation.
Approach DRIVEN means the own individual path to Smart Services.

Federal Minister of Economics and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel:
"In order to create the conditions for Germany's leadership position in a new technological era, even our SME must be made fit for digitization. Because our economy should produce the products of tomorrow so successful, as it does today. "

Friday, February 5, 2016

Das erste Meeting des Bitkom-Arbeitskreises Smart Services

Am Mittwoch wurde ein neuer Arbeitskreis (AK) der BITKOM "Smart Services" ins Leben gerufen. Der neue AK fängt nicht auf grüner Wiese an, denn der bisherige AK IT-Consulting & Systemintegration hat sich in Richtung Smart Services  weiterentwickelt.

Mehr als 20 Teilnehmer haben die Einladung in die neuen Räume der AtoS im Frankfurter Squaire angenommen und in einer sehr offenen und konstruktiven Atmosphäre über die Ausrichtung des AK diskutiert. In spannenden Vorträgen wurden die Potenziale sowie die Herausforderungen der digitalen Transformation erläutert.

Was aus meiner Sicht diesen AK so wertvoll macht, sind die unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln auf die Chancen und Risiken der neuen Geschäftsmodelle. Das Thema der kooperativen Wertschöpfung als Grundlage der digitalen Geschäftsmodelle wurde schon durch die Ausrichtung des AK hervorgehoben.
AK Smart Services wird in der Zukunft mit anderen AK der BITKOM eng zusammenarbeiten (Cloud Computing, Industrie 4.0, Big Data, u.a.) 
Schon das nächste Meeting wurde zusammen mit dem AK Industrie 4.0 geplant.

Sehr erfreulich ist der erste Beschluss des ersten Meetings. In einer Projektgruppe wird an einer Publikation zum Thema “Smart Services für die Wirtschaft – erfolgreiche Beispiele” gearbeitet. Das Ziel ist die Erstellung eines Leitfadens für alle Unternehmen, die einen Blick über den Tellerrand wagen, und sich Denkanstöße und Inspiration für den eigenen Weg in die Smart Service Welt holen.

Das erste Meeting des Arbeitskreises macht Lust auf mehr!