Technological innovation in recent years is changing Italian companies in a deep and unstoppable way.
The business model adopted is no longer valid for companies that want to improve themselves. The progress of robotics, artificial intelligent (AI) and the internet of Things (IoT) have to lead to redesigning strategies.
Interconnection and data-driven are becoming familiar words.
78% of Italian company (IPSOA study) have planning projects or in progress, but there is still 22% of the companies that have not yet implemented a technique regarding industry 4.0.
Within the digitalized companies, 24% promote new projects of high technology level, the rest use the digitalization only for basic operations.
But the trend is positive
According to a study by Deloitte Italia, Italian companies are open to a changeset and the data reveals that investments in this direction are growing, despite the economic recovery being less identifiable than other European countries like Spain, France and Germany.
Which are the Italian emerging innovations fields?
Robotic: currently dominated by China, South Korea, Japan and the United States. Italy ranks 7th with an annual production of 6,500 units.
Machine-to-Machine Communication: real-time information automatic exchange within a network of industrial plants, machines, sensor and robots is becoming more relevant among industries. Into the field, Italy is ranked as number 6.
Cloud: About 22% of Italian companies use Cloud technologies which are aligned with the European average.
Cloud-related technologies represent a crucial factor for the development of the 4.0 industry, they allow the integration of large data management solutions, tools of creating predictive models, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more.
The client relationship is less traditional
45% of companies have invested in the Internet, on social media and in e-commerce. The number is still low.
4 of 10 companies have connected their CRM information.
A nation of talents to be professional formed
Despite the potential of the Italian Industry, there is a significant gap among foreigner countries into the technological sector.
Due to the backwardness of the Italian education system in terms of skills and technologies, Italy lays behind other European countries, only 29% is the percentage of high technological skills compared to 37% of the European average.
54% of the Italian industries interviewed by Ipsos (Italian investigation society) declare to solve the lack of competence among employees with internal training.
Problem-solving & creative thinking are the most requested skills, more important than the technical ones.
“Furthermore, if the scenario of complete replacement of workforce by robots seems to be averted, the robot will be used more and more often to interact with humans, we are looking for new professional employees with specific skills for different areas”
Improvement and Competitiveness
4.0 technologies are perceived as a driver of competitiveness towards external competitors and as an assist for internal improvement.
In the first case, industry 4.0 is seen by interviewees as a tool to:
- increase margin (48%),
- review the business (33%)
- improve the production mix (20%)
Concerning the dynamics inside the company, the value of Industry 4.0 consists of technological updating (58%) and better control over processes (33%).
The combined use of digitalization and new technologies represent the only chance for our companies to be competitive on a global level, focusing on the available opportunities by the implementation of robotics and the analyses of large data.
*Source: ricerca Deloitte Italy/Politecnico di Milano/Eurostat/Ministero dell’economia e delle Finanze/Indagine Ipsos- Boston Consulting Group “Il futuro della produttività. Diffusione e impatto di Industria 4.0”