In this new phase of the pandemic, Italian industry is assigned an extraordinarily important task: to be the engine that restarts the country’s economy, in a context in which other strong components of our economy will still be subject to restrictions. Against this backdrop, digital transformation takes on even greater importance, in a triple quest: strengthen the steps already taken towards digitalization, incorporate the best practices developed in recent months by advanced service industries, and come up with new practices to underpin supply chains and innovate products and processes. For six years the Industry 4.0 Observatory has been studying how digital technologies can help Italian industrial companies to improve their competitivity, presenting technological developments, up-to-date information about the implementation of applications and the value of the 4.0 market in Italy, the approach of SMBs to digitalization and impacts on the company organization. The report discusses how the real star of this sixth edition of research has been the SARS-COV-2 virus, which has transformed the recent months of 2020 in ways that nobody could have imagined.
• What are the main challenges today for Italian companies in the post-COVID era? How might Industry 4.0 be the answer?
• How does the approach of large companies to Industry 4.0 differ from that of SMBs?
• Who are the players, and what actions are needed to facilitate the transformation?
• What are the main 4.0 implementations? And the best practices?
• How much is the 4.0 market worth in Italy? Which are the most common projects?
• How does Industry 4.0 impact the organization of a company? How are organizational models evolving?
• What are the basic requirements for undertaking a digital transformation process in a company?
Industry 4.0: technological evolution, application scenarios and the situation in Italy
The value of digital transformation in the time of Covid-19
Organization, managing projects and organizational impact of the pandemic