This industrial revolution – the Fourth – is different.
The earlier ones were born out of advances in manufacturing and power generation. But the Fourth – with its powerful software and boundless connectivity – first broke through in the consumer world.
What Siemens has done is reinvent itself to make data and information created in complex, technical software as accessible to industry and cities as it is today for consumers.
Starting in 2007, just weeks after the release of the iPhone, Siemens made its first U.S. software acquisition and went on to invest $10 billion in U.S. software companies over the next decade. Our digital transformation now ranks us among top-10 global software companies in the world.
This has taken us to a new value proposition: more closely integrated hardware and software. We’ve layered our digital capabilities on top of our hardware, operational technology, and domain knowledge across the industrial world and with critical infrastructure.
This week at the Siemens Software Media and Analyst Conference, we’re announcing our latest step forward to democratize the industrial design process and make the data it creates available to more users:
Siemens proudly introduces Xcelerator—our portfolio of industrial software and services.
We’ve created a cohesive software portfolio that combines our digital twin technology with our Mendix low-code development platform. This will make it easier to integrate these technologies, build apps and share data in this moment when the Fourth Industrial Revolution is blurring the boundaries between processes and domains and systems.
So instead of data only being accessible to a small team of engineers working on a project, it’s there for all of the innovators throughout an organization. Instead of data only being available to a customer, the businesses throughout its supply chain are learning from it too. Because a game-changing idea doesn’t only have to come from the design engineer; it’s just as likely to come from the manufacturing floor, or from data gathered on the product in the market.
We see that many firms are still running older technology, often out of necessity, while seeking ways to upgrade. Siemens is actively helping its customers look for and capitalize on opportunities to upgrade, with a particular focus on automation systems. As these upgrades are made, the new assets will not be a one-for-one replacement—they will create a major jump in strengthening the foundation for digital transformation. That’s how the Internet of Things (IoT) is coming to life.
New digital assets brought online will produce a wealth of data and communicate with other assets, and Siemens now has all of the tools we need to make these systems intelligent—from the cloud platform, to the operating system, to Edge Computing applications. We can help customers master the IoT to dramatically improve how equipment performs, and Xcelerator is designed specifically to deliver that major performance boost.
It enables unique workflows that leverage a broad range of Siemens technology. Capital™ software, from Mentor, has been embedded into NX™ software to allow experts across engineering disciplines to create new products collaboratively. Siemens Opcenter™ has been integrated with Valor™ software to expand the digital thread from design to manufacturing, providing continuous quality improvement, and Siemens recently integrated multiple automotive validation tools to create the PAVE360™ pre-silicon autonomous validation environment. This open integration allows for rapid innovation and validation of products and operations by creating the most precise digital twin, which melds model-based simulations with test data and real performance analytics.
Siemens believes that Xcelerator’s user interface will prove to be so intuitive that engaging with this technology will quickly become second-nature. Users are free to come up with and act upon breakthrough ideas as the platform operates alongside them at the speed of their innovative thinking.
This is another way the Fourth Industrial Revolution is different than its predecessors: It goes beyond having tools to build better products. Now we are gaining both the knowledge and technology that enables us to expand what is humanly possible.
Let’s push the boundaries of innovation like never before.