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A Head Start In Knowledge For The Digital Revolution

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A Head Start In Knowledge For The Digital Revolution
A Head Start In Knowledge For The Digital Revolution

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Industry 4.0 is the answer of the manufacturing industry to the increasing competition and pressure to produce individual products cost-effectively - and at the same time a buzzword that makes manufacturing companies shy away from a jungle of new technologies, opportunities and risks. What has been missing so far is a further training program that covers all aspects of Industry 4.0: from the development of new products to cyber security and the management of digitally networked value chains.

Additional information on the subject of the current study: What is slowing down the "digital revolution" in industry - training and further education play a key role

By 2018, 87% of industrial companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland expect a new competitive situation as a result of the "digital revolution". In view of this rapid development, 56% of companies already have a "digital agenda" - another 22% plan to follow suit within the next twelve months. However, the industry is confronted with a number of stumbling blocks in the concrete implementation of these projects. These are the results of the three-country study "Digital Agenda 2020" by CSC (NYSE: CSC). 185 industrial managers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland were interviewed in June 2016 (second edition).

"The digital revolution has already fundamentally changed competition in industry - 61 percent of the industry managers surveyed by CSC report this," says Claus Schünemann, CEO of CSC in Germany. "Now speed is required to take advantage of the new digital market opportunities for your own company."

Industry wants to set the pace

In order to accelerate change, 67% of the industry managers surveyed decided to make the issue a top priority. The majority consider the introduction of a specific internal function to be important in this process - for example in the role of chief digital officer (57%). External support from specialized partners is also of great importance for the respondents. 61% are in favor of working with digitization experts to accelerate the implementation of the strategy.

What are the risks:

According to the industry experts, training and further education in the company play a key role in the risks of digital transformation. 37% of the managers surveyed cited technical training and further training gaps of their own employees as the biggest stumbling block in starting the digital agenda. Almost 30% also report on outstanding budget questions. One in four industrial companies also lack external partners for specific digital solutions. At the same time, 65% of industry managers rate digital technologies from external specialists as an advantage for the transformation because these solutions are available more quickly than in-house developments.

What are the chances:

Broken down by areas of application, the industry managers see the greatest opportunities for digitization in logistics (41%), in purchasing and procurement (40%) and in sales (38%). In the ranking of strategic goals, cost advantages (58%), quality gains (48%) and the possibility to react more flexibly to customer requests (42%) are ahead.

About the CSC study "Digital Agenda 2020"

The CSC study "Digital Agenda 2020" was carried out in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The net sample is 500 interviews in the DACH region - 300 in Germany, 100 in Austria and 100 in Switzerland. The focus of the participants was decision-makers from companies with 50 or more employees. In the core industry, 100 managers were interviewed in Germany, 45 in Austria and 40 in Switzerland.

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Industry 4.0 knowledge pool of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

The Fraunhofer Academy, the Fraunhofer Society's training facility, closes this gap with its Industry 4.0 modules. This range of qualifications offers companies the opportunity for in-service training on Industry 4.0 topics. An interactive online module finder makes it possible to generate an individual learning path from the extensive Industry 4.0 program. Manufacturing companies can select precisely those aspects that are crucial for them to successfully master the digital revolution. Here are a few examples:

  • Integrated digital engineering for the design and use of products and production systems
  • Sustainable competitive advantage through digital business models
  • Smart products and services - application potential, technologies and business models
  • Think and develop data driven business models in Industry 4.0
  • New forms of human-machine interaction and dynamic division of labor

From research to practice

As a continuing education institution of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Fraunhofer Academy enables knowledge transfer from top research into practice. The module finder is also a pool of knowledge, which is fed by 25 Fraunhofer institutes and can be used by companies to prepare themselves and their employees - from production employees to production management to management - for the fourth industrial revolution.

“The aim of the various learning modules is to quickly build up core competencies in the area of ​​Industry 4.0, which can be used immediately in the company. The modules link learning and working more closely,”explains Armin Ritter, Head of Corporate Learning & Education, Fraunhofer Academy. "In the form of workshops, coaching and project learning with case studies from companies, new questions arise that are incorporated into the company's problem-solving skills. A key goal is to ensure a fast return on education (ROE) for companies.”Return on education is a measure that describes the relationship between profit and investment in training or further education.

Strategic cooperation with Fraunhofer

The compact further training format of the Fraunhofer Academy enables ROE by linking learning and work fields and adapting all content directly to your own company. As a result, companies secure competitive technology know-how at an early stage and train their employees to take on new tasks in digital production. This means that further training lays the foundation for decisive competitive advantages in the digital industrial age, for example through the data driven optimization of production processes and the sustainable digitalization of the entire organization.

Strategic partner for the transformation

The Fraunhofer Academy itself is also available as a strategic partner for digital corporate transformation. "On the basis of an Industry 4.0 competency roadmap, we define and develop education sprints - fast, compact learning paths that are then implemented and evaluated. This enables dynamic developments in strategy, market and technology to be taken up in a company-related manner and quickly integrated into the education sprints,”explains Armin Ritter.

Further information can be found at: www.academy.fraunhofer.de/de/corporate-learning/industrie40.html. (mz)

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