“Creative destruction of the extant” – Big data requires radical rethink

The fourth Building Material Plants Day was held in Frankfurt on 07.03.-08.03.2019, with “big data” the burning issue amongst the participants. The building material plants sector is also affected by increasing digitalization, encompassing the collection, evaluation and use of data. How will companies deal with this in the future?

Johann Soder, board member, COO and visionary at SEW Eurodrive, made it very clear: “We have to destroy the extant in a creative manner.” He believes that digitalization requires a radical rethink. Using SEW as an example, Soder showed how production will look in the future. According to his example, it will be modular, flexible and agile. It will interact with people and enable intelligent cooperation between humans and technology. In the future, orders will find their own way to production, which is the ultimate meaning of the “smart factory 4.0.” There will still be people in production,...

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