Attempting to use business cases to justify industrial digital transformation (Industry 4.0) was always a time consuming work of fiction. During the corona crisis there is no time for fiction. The fact is that industrial digitalisation breeds its own success. Therefore, business cases should be the consequence of industrial digitalisation and not a justification for it.

This opinion column was first published in Bits & Chips Magazine

About the author: Robert Howe is principle consultant at Lakana Consulting and founder of Verum Software Tools. He has a solid background in design, development and construction of industrial software systems. Currently his focus is mainly on industrial digital transformation and the realisation of smart products and services.