It’s no coincidence we’re closing out on Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution, as we also enter the decisive stages of digital transformation for businesses. These revolutions take place every hundred years or so, and it’s a moment of complete modernization of the way certain things are done that is attached to that time period. The first industrial revolution, which took place in 1765, was focused on the reinvention of energy and mechanization, especially affecting manufacturing and transportation. The second industrial revolution took place in the late 1870s and is highlighted by advances in chemistry and production standards. The third industrial revolution happened in the midst of the baby boomers and some gen-X-ers, and its spotlight was on nuclear energy and the rise of electronics. Today, we’re living in the development of Industry 4.0 – the internet took over our lives and completely changed how everything has been done up until this point, where everything is going to be about software and 100% digital.
All of this to say: history tends to repeat itself, and we should take from our past learnings so that we can succeed faster in the future.
Don’t resist change
In every industrial revolution, there was a common thread of fear and distrust of the new technology. Humans tend to be against change, because we all like to stick to our comfort zones and what we know. Industrial revolutions don’t wait for us to get used to them, they come full force and we need to either embrace the change and go with the flow, or get left behind. The purpose of innovation is to make our lives easier, to give us time back to focus on what matters to us personally or professionally, and to put the available technology to use to its maximum capacity. The steam engine didn’t completely erase the use of coal in the first industrial revolution, as we still use it today, now knowing the damage it does to the environment. But it’s taken over 300 years to phase it out, so there’s no need to fret about changes, as they’re not likely to completely eradicate something permanently for a really long time.
Get ahead of the curve
If you want to have a positive experience as part of the revolution, might as well look ahead! It’s not just about not resisting change, but rather seeing what the trends are pointing to and finding a way to get acquainted with the new technology or methodology before it even arrives. That way you can set yourself aside and be considered as a lead user or manager, and make yourself indispensable for the company or even industry. It’s like reading the class subject ahead of schedule; if you understand the subject matter in advance, you can participate in class more actively, ask educated questions, and stand out amongst your peers.
Be part of the wave
The absolute best seat in the house to witness the revolution? Bringing it on. If you’re a business owner or manager in charge of success in your department, then you can actively move towards the change and bring it on in phases so that your employees are ready to take it on. Look at history – every movement that involves progress has been an inevitable force. You may slow it down, but you can’t stop it, and why would you? Progress means advancing, improving, and succeeding. Don’t wait for the change to come, spot it a mile away and become an evangelist for it.
When you’re unsure of how to bring about change, reach out to your ecosystem and see how you can bring yourself and your business to the right side of the revolution. At Lagash, we enforce transformation as a path to success because this is the way Industry 4.0 is playing out in the near future. You can contact us for information on your current compliance level (readiness) to digitally transform, custom solutions so you go at your pace, and every route that can take you there. What good is knowing our history if we won’t learn from it? Reach out today and carve out your spot in the next revolution!