The Future Industry Platform was created to strengthen competences and competitiveness of enterprises operating in Poland by supporting their transformation.
Future Industry Platform is a State Treasury Foundation established by the Polish Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology as the answer to the low level of knowledge and awareness of the SMEs regarding the potential of digital transformation, especially in production processes and business models based on them.
The Foundation supports:
- digital transformation processes
- implementation of digital products and services
- introducing business models based on the latest solutions in the area of, among others, intelligent data analysis, automation and communication of machines and people with machines, process virtualization, as well as cybersecurity.
One of the main goals of the initiative is also to strengthen the competences of human resources for the industry of the future by training programs and innovative ways to demonstrate technological solutions. The Foundation strengthens the business ecosystem created by Polish manufacturing companies. It pursues this goal by creating mechanisms for cooperation between different stakeholders like RTOs, technology providers, educational institutions and local governments, by sharing knowledge and building trust in relations between market entities involved in the digital transformation process. The actions taken are to engage companies in network cooperation and co-creating new values.
The Foundation supports entrepreneurs, entities managing innovative clusters, entities operating for the benefit of an innovative economy.
The Foundation employs about 30-40 people under full or part-time contracts and cooperates with external experts, especially in the area of advanced technologies.
The Foundation financing is based on the annual subsidy established by the ministry for the implementation of the assumed goals.
Evidence of success
The Foundation creates a nationwide platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of digital transformation, taking into account the latest technological achievements, also ensuring contacts with the international community.
Thus, it achieves its goals, both by building a network of partner organizations to scale its activities (e.g. RTOs, clusters, chambers of commerce, DIHs), and by offering direct support for SMEs (e.g. trainings, consultancy, webinars, expert studies).
The low level of knowledge and awareness of the management and owners of the SMEs regarding the potential of new digital technologies in production processes and business models is one of the main barriers in creating the Industry 4.0 ecosystem.
Potential for learning or transfer
The Platform offers an on-line self-assessment digital maturity tool that investigates key aspects of enterprise development towards Industry 4.0 through 12 questions based on three pillars: Organization, Processes and Technologies.
Particularly interesting in terms of transfer may be the use of research / evaluation methodologies for company audits. It may also be interesting to compare enterprises digital maturity models functioning in regions from the perspective of Industry 4.0.
The other example are the thematic workshops for managers and business owners that provide access to basic knowledge in the field of application of I4.0 solutions to production and business models to initiate and manage change in companies at the strategic level. The free of charge workshops are organized in all voivodeships in Poland.
The practice may be of interest to other regions because of its transferability potential to different levels of application (national, regional, organizational).