Digitalisation means opportunities and challenges for all sectors in the federal state, i.e. for industry, crafts, commerce, hospitality and services as a whole. However, Business 4.0 does not restrict itself to the technological aspects of networking and digitalisation along the entire value chain of products and services. Business 4.0 also includes changes at process level as well as non-technological innovation in the sense of smart services and interconnected work structures, new leadership concepts, changes in company culture as well as new business models.
Against this background, the ‘Business 4.0 Initiative’ is a roof that allows existing activities of Business 4.0 across sectors while creating added value for all stakeholders. By connecting existing and new activities, additional momentum can be generated for digitalisation by exchanging experience and sharing knowledge between different industries and sectors. An industry-spanning approach is to be applied in order to address and handle cross-section topics. The ‘Business 4.0 Initiative’ roof therefore spans across several industry pillars, such as the ‘Industry 4.0 Alliance’, Crafts 4.0, Freelance Professions 4.0 and Services 4.0 and could also include other initiatives, for instance, for the construction and health sectors. Information and communication technologies and software are key enablers for the digitalisation of the economy. Further qualification, Labour 4.0, Technology and Science Transfer 4.0, IT security, new digital companies and start-ups, new business models, financing and internationalisation are important foundations and cross-sectional areas for the ‘Business 4.0 Initiative’.