Talking about disruption

Industry 4.0 is about disruption. And that's not just a fancy word. The rise of digital platforms, interconnected production facilities, co-creating companies and collaborating brands, will change the world as we know it today. And we mean change. Established businesses will be ruined, and new ones will be created in no time. The power game …

“as-a-service” and “digital” are disrupting the utility building value chain

A very good example of the world being turned upside-down is the utility building and city infrastructure value chain. The value chain used to be clear: building owners are setting the scene, using main contractors as their realization partners and engineering companies and architects as their advisors. The main contractors then start off a supply …

Looking into six industries

The I4.0 Summit is going to look into the evolutions of six different ecosystems: Food & beverage production value chain from agriculture to store. Utility building and city infrastructure value chain. Electronics devices and kitchen appliances supply chain. Pharmaceutical and medical industries ecosystem. Energy and raw materials circular economy. Transport systems and production ecosystem. Each …

Market-focused organization requires clear strategic intent

A market- and client-focused organisation is created at the top. When the strategic intent is "to become the biggest or the richest", the whole organization will be set into a money-focused mode. Don't think you can tell everyone "be happy and make clients happy", while the strategy of the company - and the intent of …

Everyone is into Industry 4.0

Last week, someone told us "I am not into Industry 4.0, because we are not in the manufacturing industry". This is wrong, so wrong. Just suppose one of the companies within your supply chain is changing the game of the sector thanks to Industry 4.0. Just suppose. Changing the game could change the role and …

Agreements with hotels in vicinity of Summit

Last week, we concluded agreements with the first three hotels in the vicinity of the Summit. Each of these hotels offers a specific package for the Summit participants, including the option to stay over the weekend with your partner. We will add some more hotels in the near future, but if you are eager to …

Defining the Unique Value Proposition (UVP) is key to the success of self-steering organisations in Industry 4.0

Some weeks ago, we attended a seminar on self-steering as the new way to organizing a company. "One of the main drivers of self-steering is Industry 4.0," said prof. Jan De Visch (Flanders Business School). "Industry 4.0 will increase the required speed and depth of decision taking at the management of all the co-players in …