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Industry 4.0 - Automation, Electronics Governed by Software

blog-140704-industry-4-0The new buzzword for the German industry is "Industry 4.0". This term is used for Germany's high-tech strategy, subtitled "the success of the German economic performance". Deutsche Bank recently published a research report titled “Upgrading Germany’s industrial capabilities on the horizon”. The report begins with the fact that Germany has been and will remain the leading industrial player in Europe, producing one-third of the EU’s added value.

The research makes it clear that Industry 4.0 covers all areas of the technology revolution including big data, the Internet of Things, M2M communication, and Smart Concepts (cities, logistics, manufacturing etc). But what does Industry 4.0 actually mean?

Industry 4.0 is about boosting efficiency by integrated electronic intelligence (automation) in an increasing numbers of systems, with the end goal of cost-efficient operation. It covers all areas of industry where automation technologies are integrated including automotive, high tech, transport and logistics, electronics, and medical tech development.

Since automation is strongly based on software components, the question arises: how does Industry 4.0 impact the software industry? What kind of new requirements can be defined for smart manufacturing in terms of software quality, accuracy and safety?

We all know that the complexity of industrial products is growing, and the software part is becoming even more important. Industry 4.0 is all about automation. Embedded software enables hardware to be more intelligent, self-governed, autonomous, and connected, all of which furthers automation.

How does Industry 4.0 impact the ALM industry?

Industry 4.0 represents a disruptive change, the fourth industrial revolution. Software embedded into industrial products determines the path to the future with a focus on accuracy, safety, and quality. In complex systems, only professional Application Lifecycle Management platforms can ensure the required level of quality and functional safety. Industry 4.0 strengthens the need for ALM tools as industry players realize the need for complete traceability along the development lifecycle from requirements until release.

Industry 4.0 is a buzzword, but it is also a government strategy with real meaning, as a technology-based revolution is taking place across many industries. This strategy also confirms the importance of ALM software for all embedded software development teams working on software where quality and safety are the most important factors.

Intland’s codeBeamer ALM is a next-generation ALM platform that provides full traceability for application development, supporting automation and efficiency goals of smart manufacturing. To learn more, get in touch with Intland, or start your free trial of codeBeamer ALM straight away.

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