E-learning is a prerequisite for efficiently rolling out respective solutions and gathering the associated benefits. To efficiently support the global rollout of such solutions, training of global staff needs to be fast and efficient, and have frequent updates. Here, e-learning becomes the core enabler of most globally scaled smart-manufacturing solutions. In this article, Niklas Brundin, Wolf-Dieter Hoppe, Johan Treutiger, Carl Reiman and Caroline Dedering at Arthur D. Little, argue why E-Learning and implementation of smart manufacturing, or in a broader perspective, Industry 4.0 approaches, are deeply connected.
Most mechanical engineering companies put most of their stakes for too long in a high-tech strategy. On the other hand the players covering the medium segment make it harder for Chinese competitors to catch up in terms of market share. But companies need to gain ground in developing countries. In order to do that, Bernd Hirschle, an expert for distribution strategies at Arthur D. Little says: “The developments for the medium segments cannot be driven from Germany or other leading countries in mechanical engineering. Lokal markets need to be serviced with local products“, he says. “A shift in thinking is essential here. It is vital to have the guts to displace core competencies into these new markets“, he continous.