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White Paper: A Software-Defined Industrial World: Using APIs and Microservices to Enable Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is moving from hype to reality. Industrial and manufacturing organizations — and those that serve them — understand that it’s happening. But exactly what it all means and how it will all play out is not as clear.

What is clear is that those organizations that figure it out first — and deliver a meaningful edge to their customers, as a result — will win. But as with any emerging technology domain, there are a lot of moving parts and countless bets to place.

The rapid evolution of Industry 4.0, however, is already pointing to two critical elements that will be drivers of differentiation, adoption, and acceleration: data and integration.

Those organizations that can harness the power of data and integration most rapidly and effectively to power their Industry 4.0 efforts will win — and the keys to harnessing that power will be APIs and microservices.

Industry 4.0: From Hype to Reality

The strategic drivers behind the Industry 4.0 movement are clear. Organizations must break down the barriers that separate their operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) silos, creating an integrated data platform.

They need to enable business-to-business, machine-to-machine and person-to-machine interactions — in real time. And they need to create an environment in which data flows freely among all aspects of their business.

The advantages to those organizations that can successfully implement Industry 4.0 are just as clear. They will realize distinct advantages in increasingly competitive markets that pressure them to simultaneously drive down costs and increase speed-to-market.

Progressive organizations understand that they can only meet these competing demands by leveraging highly integrated data throughout their supply chain and operating model to increase quality, improve responsiveness, grow production capacity and improve operating efficiency.

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As of the time of writing, Built.io is an Intellyx customer. None of the other organizations mentioned in this white paper are Intellyx customers. Intellyx retains final editorial control of this paper.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).