The German vision of Industry 4.0 will arrive, however not before 2025. Already in April 2014, eight out of ten German companies and technical universities did agree upon that, IT security and insufficient academic preparation being two of the main reasons. Over the year, Sogeti VINT substantially contributed to the topic by describing the potential and the ambition of both Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.
In July, in our blog post Industry 4.0 by the Numbers until 2025 (for Germany), we drew your attention to a new study from Fraunhofer IAO and BITKOM that detailed how Industry 4.0 would entail decentralized, networked, self-controlled production processes, governed by machines and humans alike. This should allow not only new business models, but also significant productivity gains.