Industry 4.0 - How difficult can it be?

Ian Gardner


We all know the hype and aspire to the potential that Industry 4.0 can offer. But the reality is that despite showing a lot of promise, for most organisations, achieving this accolade is proving to be quite a challenge.

Apart from a misunderstanding or, a lack of understanding of Industry 4.0. Many organisations are only just starting the journey and it may seem quite daunting. At the same time, there seems to be no shortage of information highlighting what the potential could be.

This session looks at the journey to becoming a cognitive enterprise. It explores this journey, looking at the considerations and potential pitfalls that could get in the way. Organisations need to understand where they are and where they want to be to better understand how they can get there.


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Ian has over 25 years’ customer-facing consulting experience on large-scale, complex projects covering ERP implementations, transformation, PoC’s and crit-sits.

For the past 4 years Ian has led a large, high-profile proof of concept to create the factory of the future using industry 4.0 principles. His project was referenced in the UK Government’s Made Smarter Report. He has a close relationship with the UK High Value Catapult Centres such as the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

He is Chairman of the Sheffield University Industrial Advisory Board and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, a select group of global thought leaders. In 2018 he was a finalist in the Management Consultancy Association (MCA) awards.

He is a Certified Technical Specialist (Thought Leader), Expert Solutions Specialist, IBM Academic Ambassador, and a chartered member of the British Computer Society.
Ian has worked in most sectors, including industrial/aerospace, banking and finance, public, defence and retail.

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