Digital transformation and industry 4.0 as a complex and eclectic change

Christian-Andreas Schumann, Jens Baum, Eric Forkel, Frank Otto, Kevin Reuther

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New technologies and possibilities summarized under the keyword Digital Transformation induce massive changes in the organizations’ processes and will lead to tremendous challenges for almost all businesses. Existing business models will be expanded or replaced by digitally driven
services. The Industry 4.0 with its autonomous cyber physical
production systems and its intelligent products require holistic approaches for and will lead to sustainable changes in the industrial manufacturing. This paper addresses the main fields of Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation as well as their core concepts. Further the paper describes the key success factors: interoperability and the organizations’ ability for innovations. These key success factors are illustrated by three case studies regarding the fields of information supply in Facility Management, digital logistics and intrapreneurial behavior as an important source for intra-organizational innovations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2017 Future Technologies Conference (FTC)
Subtitle of host publication29-30 November 2017, Vancouver, Canada
Place of PublicationVancouver
PublisherThe Science and Information Organization
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780989319355
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2017
Event2017 Future Technologies Conference - Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 29 Nov 201730 Nov 2017


Conference2017 Future Technologies Conference
Abbreviated titleFTC
Internet address


  • Digitalization
  • Digital transformation
  • Industry 4.0
  • Interoperability
  • Semantic database
  • Quality assurance
  • Innovation


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