The progress of Industry 4.0 depends on the development of individual technologies, a report funded by the German government shows. The report also confirms that small and medium-sized businesses are a crucial power-source for innovation within Industry 4.0. However, SMEs do not have the resources in comparison to big businesses to collect, refine and process information. As Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft said at World Economic Forum in Davos 2016: “Data is the new currency of this fourth industrial revolution.” From these prerequisites the German Government is now building competence centres for SMEs directed on support for competence development and business intelligence on the road to Industry 4.0. In Hannover the centre already has started and ten more in different German cities is on its way.
Practical knowledge on the digitization
The object of the competence centres is to bring together and develop current practical knowledge on digitization for use in Industry 4.0 “to be translated into the language of the middle class”. SMEs will also have the opportunity to test their innovations with professional guidance, for example, its own technical developments and interfaces to products. The centres will provide an appropriate infrastructure, such as equipment for demonstration and tests.
Adapted Knowledge Management
In my book that was published 2011 I promoted an idea of an editorial office for business intelligence and development for small- and medium-sized businesses. Learning-by-doing was one vital part besides adapted data collection with focus on innovation and market transformation that is driven by digitalisation. In this vision the centre was funded by the local authorities and business organisations. Germany is now taking the lead in this development in the building of Industry 4.0.
Lärande för alla sinnen: Handbok om eLearning – pedagogik och integrering av LarsGöran Boström (2011)