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The key question in all companies is how to connect so many different inconsistent data sources, in a very complex machines and operations environment, with a zoo of tools and platforms installed and new upcoming technologies in the market, day by day. How could a target architecture scenario look like, consisting of fully integrated and sustainable solutions?

First of all, it is a question of how should the IIoT (Industrial Internet-of-Things) solution stack be basically constructed, from machines and devices up to the ERP system. It is getting harder and harder to find answers because so many very different kinds of providers strive to get to the blue ocean of the IIoT world, where you cannot find the high potential frontrunners in this early mover driven market.

Gernot Schaefer

Partner / VP, ROI-EFESO

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ERP/PLM vendors

Good market pervasion but cooperation with new industry 4.0 technology providers is more focused on individual customer projects, overall collaboration initiatives are not visible.

MES vendors

Very wide-ranging market with a high number of vendors with local focus. The danger here is getting crushed between the major industry based IIoT platforms and new emerging 4.0 startup companies and disruptors.

Industry based IIoT platforms

Strong industrial manufacturing expertise but very heterogeneous and often stuck in pilot projects.

Platform Hyperscaler

Almost uncatchable in the world of cloud-based computing space however there are still gaps in shop floor connectivity and manufacturing solutions but they are working to bridge these gaps.

IIoT Apps (e.g. AI / ML)

High potential for disrupting existing markets and squeezing out established application providers (ERP, MES, …). These may be the best fit for filling platform hyperscaler gaps but it will be difficult to determine the best solution in this very dynamic and untransparent market. “Pick the best – forget the rest“ is not possible in this high dynamic early adopter scene.

There are neither best-practice platform scenarios nor good or bad technologies or vendors. It is a question of I4.0 architecture designs, that lever the business strategy and make use of the production environment and tools in place best possible, individually for each company, to boost competitiveness.

The way we guide you

EFESO can help your organization to find consistent IIoT solution architectures that support business needs, incorporate existing production systems and manufacturing technologies and integrate with existing IT tools and applications. Our main contribution is deep experience in added value future scenarios with leading-edge 4.0-technologies and solutions. We know how to benefit from industry 4.0 innovations and we take into account the limitations and risks of wrong migration paths and roadmaps. We are well connected to the leading tech players and we help our customers to deploy sustainable solutions, that fit together. We have a large footprint allowing us to support our clients in all continents. In the DACH region, we operate under the name of ROI - EFESO.

Our services in this area

  • Assessing the current architecture and IT landscape
  • Exploring the potential and benefits of industry 4.0 technologies
  • Deriving use cases
  • Defining core requirements which address both business pains & gains and target solutions from a state-of-the-art perspective
  • Elaborating target architecture designs, based on the core requirements
  • Defining suitable vendor scenarios
  • Working out further steps and scheduling proposals that lead to an overall roadmap
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