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“Look to embrace what Industry 4.0 has to offer because it can deliver value, but you need to engage with people early. Don’t waste time because otherwise, before you make a start, things will have changed. Stay open. Start small, but think big!”

What does it mean in practice? Capula’s changing skill set isn’t limited to project management; the company’s internal technology skills are changing too. The changes in the wider IT market are beginning to permeate into the Industrial sector. Java script skills are required, Linux is moving into the industrial space, open source is becoming more prevalent. For David, the key consideration is keeping solutions as open as possible; to avoid falling back into the old trap of vendor lock-in. He offers the example of a distribution network operator (DNO) in the energy sector that wished to incorporate live operational data into its modelling software for network planning. “The existing systems had an architecture built for servers, not for cloud. So we had to approach the challenge in a different way;

by bringing disparate sets of data together and contextualising it in a way the business understands, it is possible to show proof of value very quickly.” His advice for end users? “Look to embrace what Industry 4.0 has to offer because it can deliver value, but you need to engage with people early. Don’t waste time because otherwise, before you make a start, things will have changed. Stay open. Start small, but think big!”

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