The C&SI vendor landscape for digital factory use cases in Germany: a heterogeneous picture ranging from generalists to specialists

Posted on April 20, 2020

teknowlogy | PAC's Digital Factory - C&SI Vendor Landscape in Germany 2020 illustrates that relevant C&SI players range from global to local C&SI players. Three of them are capable of addressing all 36 of our predefined use cases. 

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Digital Factory – C&SI Vendor Landscape in Germany 2020: key enablers, maturity, and adoption

Posted on April 17, 2020

When it comes to implementing such digital factory use cases, very often we see manufacturers facing the challenge of lacking own in-house capabilities and know-how – in particular related to the usage of new digital technologies – to drive development and implementation on their own. That was the trigger for us to start building a vendor ...

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The challenge to protect industrial systems

Posted on March 10, 2020

Operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) used to be separate for decades as there was simply no reason to integrate these two areas. Stable OT systems were basically left untouched during the lifetime of a production plant, while IT has always had a reputation for needing frequent changes and being vulnerable to cyber ...

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How manufacturers can obtain value from connected products

Posted on March 4, 2020

The more key technology enablers such as IoT and advanced analytics will mature, the more this will drive investments of manufacturers related to making their products smart and to connecting their products in order to gain value from it.

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The top 10 IT trends for 2020 (8) – Trend 7: RPA & automation increasingly integrate AI

Posted on January 24, 2020

First, companies can only automate processes that are well-known, documented, and already working. In many cases, companies need to reengineer their processes before they can apply any kind of automation. They should not take the risk of automating faulty processes and then...

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Die Top 10 IT-Trends für 2020 (8) – Trend 7: RPA und Automatisierung integrieren zunehmend KI

Posted on January 24, 2020

Automatisierung steht bereits weit oben auf der Liste bei IT-Dienstleistern und Anwenderunternehmen, da sie Geschwindigkeit und Qualität verbessert und gleichzeitig eine Vergrößerung der Belegschaft überflüssig macht. Zwei Faktoren bremsen diesen Markt jedoch noch immer aus. Zum einen können die Unternehmen nur...

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teknowlogy’s CxO Survey 2019: Improving the digital customer experience is among the top goals of manufacturers’ digital transformation projects

Posted on January 21, 2020

For manufacturing companies, optimizing internal processes is leading the list of major goals of digital transformation projects. Given the increasing maturity of digital technologies, this is not particularly surprising for teknowlogy, as the potential to reduce costs on all sides is still high and in the light of global competition and the ...

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PTC - Augmented Reality as the Internet of Things for People in UK’s Manufacturing Industry

Posted on January 15, 2020

In December 2019, teknowlogy Group was offered a look inside the Industrial Innovation Global Series presented jointly in London by US-based software and services company PTC, and the Financial Times. PTC gave its view on how UK manufacturers are adapting to remain competitive in an age driven by digital technologies.

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The top 10 IT trends for 2020 (4) – Trend 3: IT/OT integration leads to OT data platforms

Posted on January 13, 2020

The OT world and the IT world used to be separate for decades. OT systems are more proprietary than IT systems and were basically left untouched during the lifetime of a production plant, while IT has always had a reputation for needing frequent changes and being vulnerable to cyber security issues. Nowadays, though, in light of Industry 4.0 ...

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Die Top 10 IT-Trends für 2020 (4) – Trend 3: IT-OT-Integration führt zu OT-Datenplattformen

Posted on January 13, 2020

Die OT-Welt und die IT-Welt waren Jahrzehnte getrennt. OT-Systeme sind proprietärer als IT-Systeme und blieben im Wesentlichen während der Lebensdauer einer Produktionsanlage unverändert. IT hingegen hatte schon immer den Ruf, häufig verändert werden zu müssen und für Cyber-Sicherheitsrisiken anfällig zu sein. Heutzutage führen jedoch ...

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The top 10 IT trends for 2020 (2) – Trend 1: Platform-based industrial value networks will spread

Posted on January 7, 2020

Platform-based industrial value networks will spread - trend 1 of our top 10 IT trends, which we believe will have the greatest impact in 2020

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SPS 2019: Edge computing becomes the basis of industrial IoT in realizing the digital factory

Posted on December 6, 2019

With more than 60,000 visitors, the SPS fair that took place in Nuremberg, Germany, at the end of November was once again a real hot spot for the industrial automation industry. Edge computing was clearly one of the key topics at the fair. Edge computing avoids cloud latency by allowing real-time data processing directly at the edge of a ...

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Process mining - Shifting from pure discovery to process improvements

Posted on November 21, 2019

On November 12, I took the opportunity to join the Celonis Superfluid World Tour in Munich. For those of you who are not familiar with Celonis: Celonis offers a process mining solution which helps companies to uncover gaps between designed and real-life processes.

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IT/OT integration – investment drivers depend on many factors

Posted on November 14, 2019

Nowadays, the topic of IT/OT integration has gained a lot of traction, in particular in manufacturing. However, we believe that IT/OT integration is not equally relevant in all the various manufacturing sub-sectors. In fact, the relevance of IT/OT integration differs quite a lot depending on what sub-sector we are looking at and is ...

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AI in manufacturing operations – Lack of internal capabilities will drive the need for external specialists

Posted on November 7, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning hold a lot of potential for manufacturers to optimize processes on the enterprise level and on the shop-floor level.

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Friedhelm Loh Group has big ambitions and is challenging the hyperscalers: German Edge Cloud and IoTOS launch ONCITE to ensure the independence of hidden champions in Europe

Posted on October 16, 2019

You don’t know much about Friedhelm Loh Group, German Edge Cloud, IoTOS, and/or ONCITE so far? Let me fill you in on this.

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Honeywell on its digital journey transforming into an industrial software-centric company – my key takeaways from the Honeywell User Group Conference HUG 2019

Posted on October 7, 2019

On September 24-25, 2019, Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) held its media and analyst event along its 31st Honeywell User Group Conference (HUG) 2019 at The Hague World Forum, in the Netherlands. During this event, I had the opportunity to talk to HPS’s key executives and to participate in customer sessions and experience a digital ...

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CxO priorities, and digital and IoT-related investment trends in the manufacturing industry – insights from various sub-verticals

Posted on October 1, 2019

Manufacturers today are investing in the modernization of their enterprise landscapes (e.g. migrating to SAP S/4HANA), moving their IT infrastructures to the cloud, or implementing data management and analytics solutions. These are all important measures to lay the foundations for the digital transformation of companies’ processes.

But ...

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Digital factory use cases: Current maturity levels and expected adoption speed

Posted on September 16, 2019

We typically do not see large-scale digital transformations of entire factories and shop-floor operations. What we rather see are single use cases and PoCs that are tested and implemented in factories. We therefore believe that it is helpful for manufacturers to get an overview of potential use cases in a digital factory that leverage ...

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