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How to Leverage Industry 4.0: Cloud Computing

By Stephen Petrock on July 26, 2021

The road to the future is paved with Industry. As you take steps towards the future of your business, you’ll need to first recognize the foundation at your feet is Industry 4.0. We previously discussed "What is Industry 4.0 and Why Should You Care?" and today we're going to expand on that answer by taking a closer look at one of the key tenets of industry transformation: cloud computing technology.

Cloud technology, or connected smart devices, is the technology that has made Industry 4.0 go mainstream. At TriMech, we’ve been working with companies at the leading-edge Industry transformation since before it was cool; before our fridges could tweet and a toaster could watch Netflix. Of course, that is a joke, but in reality, it’s not that far off. Industry 4.0 as a concept has been around for a long time, but the technology that truly has enabled it to go mainstream is cloud computing. To some, the era of Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution is even marked by the advent of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Let’s take a look at how connected devices have enabled the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Connected Devices

When we talk about the internet of things most think immediately about connected thermostats or smart lightbulbs, but it’s much more than that. The truly revolutionary aspect of this is the connected workforce – both man and machine. Connected is the future, and the future is now. But connected doesn’t just mean a machine with a Wi-Fi signal, connected also means collaboration.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is not just about changing your machines or your processes; it’s much more than that. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is even more than a digital transformation. It requires a complete business transformation. Want to transform your business? Learning about integrated software platforms like 3DEXPERIENCE is a great first step.

3DEXPERIENCE Industry 4.0 Cloud CollaborationThe 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is enabling next-level collaboration between designers, engineers, departments and even companies. Tools like this are there to bridge the gap between where companies are today and where they want to be tomorrow. When you see collaboration in 2021 and beyond, signs will point to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for many industries.

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Connected Software

Connected hardware gets a lot of attention when it comes to industry 4.0, but don’t overlook connected software. Connected software, like the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, has had arguably the most significant impacts on a business’s bottom line. Imagine the possibilities by joining all aspects of a business in single platform. It’s like pouring jet fuel on a of blazing fire of innovation. Just look at all the tools that make up the ecosystem- it’s a lot. That’s why there’s the 3DEXPERIENCE Compass right at the center of it all to guide you through your journey of accelerated innovation.

3DEXPERIENCE Compass Guide

It has it all: 3D Modeling, Social & Collaborative, Information Intelligence, Simulation, all in one connected system. Transforming your business is not easy, but it’s necessary. The business, factory or engineering department of the future has new and unique challenges that exist solely as a result of digital transformation, including new security and data risks. Of course, this next industrial revolution is not all sunshine and rainbows – there are risks.

Cloud Security

More devices inherently mean more data, and more data means more vulnerabilities. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform has been built with security in mind. There are four main tenants of security that make up the platform.
  1. Application-Level Security
  2. In-Cloud Security
  3. Virtual Systems Security
  4. Physical Security

There’s an amazing white paper here from Dassault Systemes detailing how the platform has been built from the ground up with security in mind.

Specifically, the roots of 3DEXPERIENCE platform data security step from industry-leading standards from OWASP, NIST SP 800-53 and ISO/IEC 27001. The system is built with three components of the security triad. For more detail check out this great article from Dassault Systemes.

  • Confidentiality – information is protected from unauthorizes access and misuse
  • Integrity – Data is reliable, correct and protected from unauthorized changes
  • Availability – Authorized users can access what they need when they need it
3DEXPERIENCE Information Security

These industry standard practices mean you can have peace of mind with your data. Let the system focus on playing defense while you focus on playing figurative offense while collaborating with your team members and working on your designs.

As you plan for the future and look at the road ahead, you’ll recognize that the path is paved with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and emerging softwares like it. This isn’t just a metaphor. It’s quite literally true when you think about the technology that enables Industry 4.0. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is here now and the connected data can enable you to to take your business to the next level.

Industry 4.0 is here today, are you ready for tomorrow?

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