Cutting-edge technologies for data utilization
Cutting-edge technologies will have an influential role to play in the next stage of the digital transformation process since they allow data to be evaluated more comprehensively and in more depth than was previously the case: Users can now collect and view data on cloud platforms and are able to analyze it using artificial intelligence algorithms, and learn how they can make their production processes even more efficient, for example by developing and using new quality management and test methods. One such cloud platform is MindSphere, the open, cloud-based IoT operating system from Siemens. With this operating system, the data solely belong to the user companies that generate this data: The decision as to who has access to this data is theirs alone. "Companies of every size and from a wide range of industries can utilize MindSphere – from automobile to beverage producers, and from small and medium-sized companies to large corporations," according to Helmrich.
In order to use existing data and data pools, users must be able to develop applications simply and efficiently. Siemens offers the Mendix low code platform which is also available on MindSphere. The integrated solution makes the development of industrial IoT applications significantly easier and up to ten times quicker.
In order to drive the development of the ecosystem around MindSphere together with users, over 100 members have joined up to form one of the global user associations known as "MindSphere World". The German association alone has around 60 members, including numerous renowned medium-sized companies. MindSphere World provides a forum for all users of the MindSphere ecosystem. The association aims to support individual members in developing and optimizing IoT solutions on MindSphere, as well as tap into new markets in the digital economy. MindSphere World is a prime example of new ways of working together in the era of Industry 4.0.