Overcoming the technology myopia of Industry 4.0

To be effective, IoT automation must be based on a business strategy

By Saip Eren Yilmaz

Industry 4.0 is a technology paradigm born out of business necessities in order to address flipping the order of competitive priorities that pushed agility and flexibility to the top. But popular Industry 4.0 literature seems to have lost sight of the business necessities and is solely focusing on technology. Most of its definitions just give a catalog of productized technologies, at best a list of use cases, describing which technologies are relevant to Industry 4.0 but missing a good holistic explanation of what it is.

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