Six IIoT, Industry 4.0 key findings

Respondents to the Control Engineering 2015 Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, Information Integration Study identified six high-level findings on their attributes and how familiar they are with the technology and the concepts.


On average, respondents expect funding levels to increase 32% as a result of IIoT and Industry 4.0 discussions. Courtesy: CFE MediaRespondents to the Control Engineering 2015 Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, Information Integration Study identified six high-level findings regarding IIoT and Industry 4.0 and their impact on the industry today:

  1. Familiarity: Fifty-nine percent of respondents identified as being "very" or "somewhat" familiar with the IIoT framework, compared to 29% being not very familiar and 12% not at all familiar. Only one-third of respondents identified as being "very" or "somewhat" familiar with the Industry 4.0 platform, compared to 36% being not very familiar and 31% not at all familiar.
  2. IIoT attributes: According to respondents, the most useful IIoT framework attributes to their organizations are interoperability and open standards connecting people, processes, and data (79%); as well as security (75%).
  3. Industry 4.0 attributes: Realtime capabilities (83%), interoperability (80%), and modularity (78%) are the most useful Industry 4.0 platform attributes, according to respondents.
  4. Implementing IIoT attributes: Interoperability and open standards has been implemented by 14% of respondents' facilities, with 38% progressing and 26% just beginning; compared to security having been implemented by 18%, with 35% progressing and 29% beginning to employ.
  5. Implementing Industry 4.0 attributes: Only 10% of respondents' facilities have fully implemented the real-time capabilities, interoperability, and modularity attributes of Industry 4.0.
  6. Funding levels: On average, respondents expect funding levels to increase 32% as a result of IIoT and Industry 4.0 discussions.

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- Amanda Pelliccione is research director at CFE Media,

Sixty-one percent of respondents in the 2015 Control Engineering Career Survey listed company profitability as the top compensation criteria with personal performance and product profitability each running a distant second. Courtesy: CFE MediaONLINE extra

Additional research findings, from other Control Engineering reports, include:

55% of system integrators work on an average of 10 projects or less each year. Source: Control Engineering 2014 System Integration Study

44% of facilities expect their information integration activity will very slowly increase over the next few years. Source: Control Engineering 2015 IIoT, Industry 4.0, Information Integration Study

3 out of 4 end users are concerned about the vulnerability of their organization's historians and connections. Source: Control Engineering 2015 Cyber Security Study

More research

Control Engineering surveys its audience on five topics each year: cyber security; career survey; system integration; IIoT, Industry 4.0, information integration; and mobility, Ethernet, and wireless. All reports are available at

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