11 April 2015

Towards Industry 4.0

Softwarization is paving the way to the Industry 4.0.

Originally the term "Industrie 4.0" originates from a project in the high-tech strategy of the German government, which promotes the computerization of the manufacturing industry.

I think that we are moving beyond that: it’s not just about computerization, it’s about the global trend of Softwarization which is impacting all socio-economic aspects of our society.  

Paradigms such as SDN-NFV are just the top of the iceberg, not new technologies but well-known paradigms (decoupling hardware from software and virtualization) which are becoming exploitable and sustainable due to ICT performance increase, costs reductions and Open-Source-XW.

Technology, business models/markets and policy are co-evolving together and the degree of “complexity” will dramatically increase.  Complexity is indeed what is needed for a change of paradigm, it should not be confused with "complication": the challenge will be extracting the proper levels of “simplicity” to exploit business opportunities out of that.

The Net will be the "nervous system" of Industry 4.0.

Which way ? Embracing fully the coming innovation wave. Rather than continuing to Telco-ize the Net with "big iron" nodes it’s time to IT-ize it radically, exploiting highly flexible “soft” processes.