To get a true sense of the impact of Hannover Messe 2017, let’s revisit the 2016 event. Last year, there was plenty of publicity and hype for Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). However, a peek behind the scenes revealed little substance and certainly no sellable products. Nevertheless, we certainly gathered a few interesting memories from the event.
This year the hype was undoubtedly more subdued, and the range of IIoT offerings has changed substantively; both in usefulness and in being (almost) ready for industrial use. I think we can sum the current state up by saying that IIoT platforms are ready for applications, but not yet as infrastructure.
Focusing on the platform before the applications is a sound long-term strategy as platform wars are surely just around the corner, the major controls and operations software companies need to be ready for competitive times.