Today, the term Digital Twin is ubiquitous. Four years ago, I had my first personal contact with this concept. I attended the VDI conference “Big Data in Manufacturing”, where a General Electrics (GE) manager presented the well-known example of the transformation of GE’s business model in the aircraft turbine market.
The Digital Transformation is happening at full speed. And it leaves no industry untouched. So is the manufacturing industry. However we have a different name for the change in this sector: Industrie 4.0.
The movement towards Industrie 4.0 leads to a higher software penetration on the shop floor. Companies must sit behind the steering wheel if they do not want to run into trouble. A suitable software architecture is the basis for a successful Industrie 4.0 journey. [...]
In our fast changing, interconnected world, a new inhabitant arises. The Citizen 4.0. This article will give an impression, what a Citizen 4.0 is and why we need one.