What’s the fastest way to evaluate whether your business and operations are in the Era of IR 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 or 4.0?
Although you can go through the complex process of IR 4.0 Readiness Assessment, there’s a simpler way to gauge in which IR your business is currently in.
My definition of the Industrial Revolution Era is the following (based on technology usage).
1) IR 1.0 – When you are using manual and some physical tools
2) IR 2.0 – When you used machines which is powered by electrical
3) IR 3.0 – The start of digitalization when you use the Internet and some IT databases.
4) IR 4.0 – When you start to use technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, AR/VR, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Drones, Big Data Analytics, 3D Printing among others.
As an example in a Classroom, if you use whiteboard or blackboard, then you are in the Era of 1.0, but if you start to use Projectors, you are in IR 2.0, in Era IR 3.0, you might be using Online classes. But when you start to use Virtual or Augmented Reality as teaching tools, most likely you are now in IR 4.0.
You can choose any applications scenario and try to match in which Era are you currently operate.
If you have any further questions or need further clarifications, please do not hesitate to leave comments below.