The digital economy is driven by hyperscale and microcare. It is essential to offer scalable online services that take over tasks from consumers and/or business users, while also being user-friendly. We wondered how decision-makers looked at this. This is Anneleen Vens, Head of Digital Transformation at Renson speaking.

Hyperscale and Microcare are the most important drivers of the digital economy. The focus is on scalable online services that fill in the job-to-be-done of consumers or business users in a customer-focused way. How do decision-makers look at this? We asked Guy Van Wijmeersch, Director Innovation & Design Thinking at Barco.

The lack of access to customer data should not be seen as a problem only pertaining to product manufacturers. Mainly for customers this results in several financial complications such as reactive instead of proactive maintenance, no access to future/novel product optimisations, and unavailability of customised services. The InsightProducts project supports companies to improve their product and service offering through qualitative product data acquisition and use in view of digital servitisation.

After three successful editions, a fourth edition of the ‘Fleet-based analytics for data-driven operation and maintenance optimisation’ seminar will take place on 24 September. The seminar focuses on the challenges of optimising the operation and maintenance of a fleet of machines by means of data-driven analytics and hybrid modelling strategies. In addition, a new mastercourse, ‘The opportunities and challenges of fleet-based analytics’, on 25 September will provide practical techniques for analysing fleets of machines.

To ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability in IoT systems, a number of security aspects need to be considered, in order to achieve security and privacy by design. In this second blog of a series we dig deeper in authentication and authorisation for IoT application.

Springer Nature has just published the first scientific book for which the content was entirely generated by a machine. It covers research into lithium-ion batteries.

The revenue model of digital servitisation, in which physical products are enriched with digital services, offers product builders a range of new possibilities, but also presents new challenges. On 25 June Sirris organises an inspiration workshop to provide companies that build physical products and want to explore the possibilities to take the step to smart, connected products with an overview of the inns and outs of digital servitisation and to give them the tools to get started.

Is your company also thinking about expanding or transforming its offering with a digital service? Do you want a better understanding of everything this entails? Then the training 'Agoria Academy: How to build a Digital Business' on 4 June is perfect for you. Your instructors are experienced experts who have guided more than 400 digital companies in the past decade.

Looking beyond its hype in the financial world, blockchain is starting to prove its potential in other domains. Starting 29 April, Sirris is organising a series of masterclasses and individual coaching sessions on blockchain for manufacturing, from insight to plan.

The EluciDATA Community allows its members to network with peers and stay up-to-date with emerging technologies and R&D projects related to data innovation and AI. Within this framework two annual events will be organised: an innovation brokerage and an expert technology forum. The first innovation brokerage takes place on 23 April, together with the kick-off event of the community.