This year in its third edition, SAP Business One Forum 2017 investigates the relationship between SME with the new Industrial Revolution 4.0, which is affecting all sectors and organizational areas of companies.
Opened this morning in Milan in the context of NH Milan Congress Center in Assago (MI), here comes with the participation of leading SAP management representatives, successful entrepreneurs of Italian companies and exceptional moderators. Ubiquity is present with the CEO, Dario Calogero.
The term Industry 4.0 indicates a trend in industrial automation that incorporates some new production technologies to improve working conditions and increase productivity and production quality of plants.
Industry 4.0 goes for the concept of “smart factory” that consists of 3 elements:
- Smart production: new production technologies that generate collaboration between all the elements present in production or collaboration between operator, machines and tools.
- Smart services: all “IT infrastructures” and techniques that integrate systems; but also all the structures that allow, collaboratively, to integrate companies (supplier-customer) between them and with external structures (roads, hubs, waste management, etc.)
- Smart energy: you cannot miss a strong attention to energy consumption, creating more powerful systems and reducing energy waste
Industry 4.0 draws its name from the industrial plan of the German government (presented in 2011 and then finalized in late 2013), which included investments in infrastructures, schools, energy systems, research organizations and companies to upgrade the German production system to the top of world.
Germany’s production performance has stimulated many other nations to pursue this policy; so far, different studies have been carried out, including the most well-known ones, McKinsey, Boston Consulting and Observatory of the Politecnico di Milano. These studies have led to the impact that these new policies will have on the social and economic context, defining this historic step “Fourth Industrial Revolution”.
As already mentioned, today’s SAP event focuses on the role and possibilities offered to small and medium-sized businesses, the true engine of the Italian economy.
In order to maintain high competitive levels in the digital economy, companies are required to focus on four areas:
- speed of action
- customer satisfaction
- personalization of products
But what are the actions to take to be protagonists and take advantage of the new revolution?
The SAP Forum now analyzes the level of diffusion of the new paradigms 4.0 and evaluates the strategies needed to maximize the value of Revolution 4.0, also with the business leaders pointing to handle this change.
SME 4.0 are “dummy” companies that, driven by market needs, but with clear vision and strategy, take on other transformation paths to adapt to new scenarios.
In particular, our SMEs are responsive, have business skills, have niche productions, belong to international chains. It is the right premise for Industry 4.0, rather it should favor SMEs in the outline conditions and this is the task of the institutions and, on their part, the vendors.
Critical assets for Italian managers in the near future will be R & D investment facilitation, training opportunities, access to knowledge through Competence Centers and Innovation Hubs, and obviously the presence of infrastructure and solutions that are same time effective and interoperable.
By putting all this in a metaphorical suitcase, the journey towards the new industrial revolution will be a great adventure for Italian SMEs as well.