the start of the new millennium, conditions for mobile work got better. The
number of Deutsche Telekom DSL connections grew from 0.6 million in 2000 to
13.3 million in 2008. The introduction of Skype in 2003 by Niklas Zennström and
Janus Friis made it possible for the first time to make video calls without
having to pawn house and home. So I (finally) had video at my disposal in
addition to telephone and email, which had become prevalent by then. My laptops
became lighter and more powerful and had integrated modems.
to Wikipedia, Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution is “a word
creation originating from a project in the
high-tech strategy of the German government, which promotes the computerisation
Is this now the panacea for all the problems of the manufacturing industry? Is
it enough to network a factory?
industrial revolution is characterised by the fact that it brings about
fundamental changes in all areas of social life and thereby changes and reorganises
the economy. But a few more sensors, some big data here and a pinch of cloud
services there are not enough. It’s about more than integrating planning,
production and resources. Many companies have to ask themselves whether their
business model will still function at all in the future in the environment of
new technical developments and social changes.
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