In fact, industrial automation services now have a much bigger value-add potential for our customers than the traditional services of field support, spares and repairs.
So, what is ‘now’ for services, and what’s next?
In this blog, the first of a series I will be sharing here, I thought it would be a good start to set a modern definition for what services are in the 21st century.
My colleague Vladimir Obrazcov recently contributed an article to the UK publication Controls, Drives and Automation that explains how he sees services as having come of age in Industry 4.0. It offers a very good explanation of how services can offer the skills and experience required to implement fourth industrial revolution technologies in any industry – a good way to see what is “now for services”.
Vladimir touches on the vital areas where services become a value-add – namely the real-time monitoring and analytics of industrial applications which can show where optimization can be improved to add to the bottom line.
And this is just the beginning – the “what’s next” involves services moving into areas like augmented reality (with remote serviced applications like the digital twin) and artificial intelligence (that relies on remote services and big data for advanced analytics).
These areas of development are fascinating and set to dramatically change how we interact with applications. Our director of advanced technology Dave Vasko explores this potential to transform industry in conversation with Microsoft business strategy leader Neal Meldrum in this edition of our State of the Industry podcast. I highly recommend listening in.
These sorts of uses of services are all the more important when we consider the skills deficit – a global shortage of STEM professionals that will make the outsourcing of many functions, not least those that rely on data management skills, invaluable to industry.