Open Digital Platforms for the Industrial World in Europe 2021

Updated: Sep 17

Yesterday, PAC published its seven-part PAC INNOVATION RADAR “Open Digital Platforms for the Industrial World in Europe 2021”. It is the broadest analysis of the vendor landscape for open digital platforms for use in industrial contexts. In seven RADAR segments focusing on different application areas, PAC evaluates and compares 67 relevant platform vendors in the European market. Depending on their focus areas, the providers were positioned in one or more analyses. Across all segments, only 14 players achieved a “Best in Class” rating – 3D Hubs, Bosch.IO, Bosch Rexroth, Caruso, Eurotech, Microsoft, Otonomo, PTC, RE'FLEKT, Red Hat/IBM, Siemens, SUSE Rancher, TeamViewer, and Xometry. In addition, two vendors have been identified as “Hidden Champions” – German Edge Cloud and ADAMOS.


When it comes to Industrial IoT projects, PAC expects further use cases to emerge in the future but does not see a “killer app” on the horizon that might enable significant efficiency enhancements. Instead, many different use cases will bring step-by-step improvements for industrial companies. Manufacturing companies need an efficient approach to develop simple new applications for new use cases at a fast pace. The digital factory requires efficient scalability to transfer successful PoCs of newly developed applications to many different machines, production lines, and factories. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has not only revealed the vulnerabilities of supply chains, but also that of factory operations. This will lead to more investments into agility-enabling technologies such as IoT (internet of things), AI (artificial intelligence), robotics, edge computing, AR (augmented reality), and 5G. Agile application development and agile scalability must be combined with agile application management to handle updates (new functions, security) as efficiently as possible.


In short, there is a need for an agile DevOps approach to manage the digital factory as efficiently as possible. Dedicated platforms can help provide all these capabilities in an integrated way. “In a high-speed world, no individual application creates a lasting competitive advantage – it is the ability to move faster on a large scale that makes the difference. This is also true for the digital factory. There is a clear need to develop, scale, and manage industrial IoT applications in a more agile and efficient way,” says Arnold Vogt, Head of Digital Innovation & IoT at PAC.


Organizations are increasingly looking for digital platforms which are “open” and provide additional capabilities for very specific use cases. Therefore, PAC frequently enhances the perspective of the PAC INNOVATION RADAR with insights from newly emerging areas in the industrial IoT context to address fast-evolving user needs. This RADAR takes the following types of platform into account: cloud-centric industrial IoT, edge-centric industrial IoT, edge cloud-centric industrial IoT, open source-based industrial IoT, IoT data exchange & monetization, connected workers, and 3D printing services.


PAC’s View


In short, there is a need for an agile DevOps approach to manage the digital factory as efficiently as possible. Dedicated platforms can help provide all these capabilities in an integrated way. “In a high-speed world, no individual application creates a lasting competitive advantage – it is the ability to move faster on a large scale that makes the difference. This is also true for the digital factory. There is a clear need to develop, scale, and manage industrial IoT applications in a more agile and efficient way,” says Arnold Vogt, Head of Digital Innovation & IoT at PAC.

Organizations are increasingly looking for digital platforms which are “open” and provide additional capabilities for very specific use cases. Therefore, PAC frequently enhances the perspective of the PAC INNOVATION RADAR with insights from newly emerging areas in the industrial IoT context to address fast-evolving user needs. This RADAR takes the following types of platform into account: cloud-centric industrial IoT, edge-centric industrial IoT, edge cloud-centric industrial IoT, open source-based industrial IoT, IoT data exchange & monetization, connected workers, and 3D printing services.


Please find more information on the PAC Innovation Radar In short, there is a need for an agile DevOps approach to manage the digital factory as efficiently as possible. Dedicated platforms can help provide all these capabilities in an integrated way. “In a high-speed world, no individual application creates a lasting competitive advantage – it is the ability to move faster on a large scale that makes the difference. This is also true for the digital factory. There is a clear need to develop, scale, and manage industrial IoT applications in a more agile and efficient way,” says Arnold Vogt, Head of Digital Innovation & IoT at PAC.

Organizations are increasingly looking for digital platforms which are “open” and provide additional capabilities for very specific use cases. Therefore, PAC frequently enhances the perspective of the PAC INNOVATION RADAR with insights from newly emerging areas in the industrial IoT context to address fast-evolving user needs. This RADAR takes the following types of platform into account: cloud-centric industrial IoT, edge-centric industrial IoT, edge cloud-centric industrial IoT, open source-based industrial IoT, IoT data exchange & monetization, connected workers, and 3D printing services.


Please find more information on the PAC Innovation Radar here.

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