DevOps models are predestined for use in the Industry 4.0 environment

System networking and close collaboration between the different departments are absolutely essential for Industry 4.0 implementation. Tried-and-tested success patterns for this can be found in IT, where DevOps models are used for close linking of development and operation. This is why these models are predestined for use in the Industry 4.0 environment, according to ConSol, the Munich-based IT full-service provider.

Industry 4.0 solutions network the entire industrial value creation chain, from product design and logistics all the way to the customer. This means that companies need to restructure. The need for change starts in the very organizational structure of the company. And as a result, different departments and task areas have to be networked with each other.

The measures taken during DevOps implementation include the following:

  • Establishing a modified corporate culture with new forms of communication that contain feedback loops
  • Removal of data silos
  • The use of automation tools
  • The implementation of success measurement metrics

More is required than just organizational restructuring. Cross-functional processes must also be implemented – while at the same time taking into account the entire value creation chain; if possible, all processes along this chain should run automatically. Tried-and-tested DevOps methods can be helpful in implementation here, as well.

The use of DevOps methods in Industry 4.0 has several advantages:

  • Improved communication and collaboration
  • Increased employee motivation
  • High agility and flexibility
  • Measurable ROI thanks to automatic processes

"It's clear that the successful completion of Industry 4.0 projects is connected to costs and depends on numerous factors. By choosing the right methodology, however, you've already taken a crucial first step. And DevOps models work perfectly as guidelines in this respect," stresses Henning von Kielpinski, Director of Business Development at ConSol Software in Munich.