The evolution of the industry has always been based on innovation. The first industrial revolution was based on the steam engine. That is when the true industrial processes of the modern era began. From that industry to the current one, called industry 4.0, innovations for companies have framed the course for change.
Today, we are witnessing a scene in which the digital era frames most changes. The new line of the modern company is aimed at optimising processes and preserving the environment. These two fundamental objectives are sometimes the same: more business but more sustainable, everything in one.
1. The commitment to clean energy
2019 will be remembered as the year of the company's definitive commitment to clean energy.
On one hand, clean energy promotes a considerable savings in business expenses. Why? Because it is more flexible in prices and easier to measure and control than any other type of energy. This allows the company, through digital meters, controllers and sensors, to monitor their consumption and establish the ranges in which their peaks of consumption for production should coincide with the most favourable energy tariffs.
On the other hand, these energies are infinitely less polluting than fossil fuels. They favour the reduction of CO2 emissions and definitively contribute to improving companies' environmental footprint, their reputation and image.
In this field, innovations are constant. Some are related to improving storage or energy conduction systems. Others are connected to measurement and control systems that, when closely combined with new technologies, allow analysing and optimising processes.
2. Big data and ERP systems
The technologies aimed at big data will experience great progress this year, supported by the definitive implementation of the ERP systems (planning of business resources). These systems allow for an exhaustive control of all processes, their constant analysis and improvement.
Developments like SAP, Microsoft Dynamics and ID Edwurds from Oracle are unstoppable in their evolution toward an open system of infinite cloud solutions for any type of need and activity.
3. Machine learning and artificial intelligence
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This is combined with analysis tools intended to make automatic decisions by directly improving the processes through what we know as machine learning.