Times have changed for vendors like Rockwell Automation, and in my previous blog, I spoke a little about that change and how we are embracing it. In this blog, as we look ahead to what’s in store in 2019 for Irish industry, I’d like to take a closer look at technology, and explain a little more about how Rockwell Automation approaches its role in helping customers adopt IIoT and Industry 4.0 solutions in Ireland.
When I am at events across Ireland, it is obvious to me that industrial leaders have bought into the concept of The Connected Enterprise. Often, customers come to us and say – we need a Connected Enterprise, we’ve set up a Tiger Team on site, we know that it’s the future, what’s next? Do we go all in? Do we start with a pilot project?
We believe it’s about getting the recipe right. We don’t walk in, look at what is in place, and say, “you’ll have to replace everything.” We don’t get over-excited by the opportunity to sell products. We look at the right dosage of technology in the right areas that can start delivering ROI and set the course for continuous improvement in Industry 4.0.
Increasingly, our responsibility to our customers as a trusted partner means that we must apply our expertise to help them with the specific issues that they face.
In Ireland we have a real shortage of resources. That plays out in a variety of ways – most significantly, it might mean that Rockwell Automation brings many of the skills and experience required to implement new technologies.
But depending on where the skills shortages are felt most keenly, it may also mean that the types of technologies or approaches adopted are ones where their implementation can bridge skills gaps for the customer.