Three Questions to: Jürgen Hill, Computerwoche – „IT is the working muscle of industry 4.0“

In the context of the panel discussion ‘Planless Into Digitization – worldwide only just under 30 percent of all industry companies have a strategy on digital transformation’ (original German title: „Planlos in die Digitalisierung – weltweit haben nur knapp 30 Prozent aller Industrieunternehmen eine Strategie zur digitalen Transformation“) at IT2Industry Open Conference (Messe München, hall B2) Jürgen Hill, managing editor of renowned German ICT magazine Computerwoche of IDG publishing house, will present as a panel speaker his position live on November 15th, 2 p.m. In advance he already shares his evaluation on the current state of digitization and industry 4.0 in an interview by the IT2Industry blog.

IT2Industry blog: What are the biggest challenges for companies in Industry 4.0 in your opinion?

Jürgen Hill, Computerwoche, IDG Verlag
Jürgen Hill, Computerwoche

Jürgen Hill – The biggest challenge will be the topic of IT security, including with respect to questions about privacy. In our study “Monitor of the security of critical infrastructures”, we see that IT security is no longer predominantly perceived as a barrier to innovation. In digitalizing on the way to Industry 4.0, many companies will renew their business models and the way they structure their basic processes. They have to seize the opportunity in this context to make business processes better and more secure.

IT2Industry blog: What role will the area of IT security play due to the more strongly networked worlds of work?

Jürgen Hill – IT is the working muscle of industry 4.0; without IT, new processes without media fragmentation cannot exist and no robot can carry out work. IT security is the lifeblood of Industry 4.0, controlling, monitoring and—if need be—triggering lightning fast protection reflexes. The role of the IT security will be to build up this vital nerve.

IT2Industry blog: In your estimation, which fields have possibilities of collaborating in research, education, business and society in the wake of digitalization?

Jürgen Hill – What has society learned from the revolution of the Internet, e-commerce and e-business? Digitalization to Industry 4.0 will at least be just as disruptive as e-commerce and e-business. Research, education and the business world can only structure digitalization together and above all in dialog with society.


IT2Industry will take place from November 14th to 17th, 2017, already for the second time in the framework of world’s leading trade fair productronica of Messe München.

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