Many companies are actively involved in the market for solutions related to Industry 4.0. How is Körber Digital positioned in this market?
Our great advantage is our in-depth understanding of the needs of production companies — because if you don’t have a good understanding of industrial production, you can’t develop any Industry 4.0 solutions that really create value. For quite a few projects in this area, the basic idea is good — but when it comes to its concrete implementation, company owners and heads of production are often left to work things out on their own. At Körber Digital, we are very well set up with regard to implementation. Our top priority is to make sure that our applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) fulfill the concrete demands of production processes: They have to be immediately operational, easy to integrate, useful, and economically attractive.
The startup connyun in Karlsruhe was acquired by Körber in mid-2018, and in early 2019 connyun GmbH merged with Körber Digital GmbH. In your opinion, what are the biggest potential advantages of this merger?
We’ve consolidated our expertise in the areas of design thinking, UX, and data analysis in Berlin and Karlsruhe so that we can create and promote digital products in their early phases — in many cases, together with our customers. At a later stage, when it’s a question of concrete product solutions, networking, big data, and cloud software, our software experts in Karlsruhe take over the work.