Industrial revolutions are central to the desire for technology to make human life easier. Although we can summarize the journey from Industry 1.0 to 4.0 in a paragraph, human beings have been trying to make life easier for centuries. What did this desire create? How did it start? At what point of the industrial revolution are we now? Is your business ready for this revolution?


The last question is one of the biggest concerns of almost every business today. Without further ado, let us begin the story of the dark factories in our bright future;

Industrial Revolution from Past to Present

It all started with the invention of water and steam-powered mechanical production facilities. This first step was called Industry 1.0. Then the second industrial revolution took place in 1840 with the invention of the telegraph, and in 1880, with one of the most radical inventions of our lives, the invention of the telephone. While Industry 2.0 took place in the center of Taylorism and scientific management, Industry 3.0 came up with the first computers in 1971. After this period in which the successful mechanical engineers in the field provided the automation of the mass production processes, Industry 4.0 was finally at the point where the target has been realized since the beginning.

The Industry 4.0 revolution teaches us to live in the virtual world with autonomous machines. This process, which started with the Internet of Things in 2000 and the Internet of Services in 2010, was first introduced in 2011 at the Hannover Fair in Germany. In October 2012, Robert Bosch GmBH and Kagermann formed working groups and submitted the Fourth Industrial Revolution proposal to the German Federal Government. On April 8, 2013, again at the Hannover Fair in Germany, these working groups shared the term “Industry 4.0” with the global world as the beginning of a new industrial era.

Industry 4.0, in which the era of intelligent production began after mass production, is a term nurtured by the evolving technology dynamics of digital transformation. It is of critical importance for companies who want to achieve success in the increasingly difficult competitive environment in the global economy.

With the Internet of Things, the Internet of Services, and cyber-physical systems that form the basis of Industry 4.0, today’s companies have started to use intelligent systems with artificial intelligence to monitor the production-distribution processes of factories and make diagnostics. When Artificial Intelligence ceased to be the subject of science fiction movies and came into our lives together with ERP systems, all the rules of competition have changed. The first question in the minds of companies that want to keep up with the competition is undoubtedly how the combination of artificial intelligence and ERP systems would co-operate together.

AI and ERP

AI modules in modern ERP platforms provide flexibility for processing new information, and in these modules, a human touch is always needed to work with data, understand the modeling process and deploy it into operational processes. In other words, artificial intelligence is preparing the future of humanity rather than ending it.

Artificial intelligence can play an active role in reporting, which is one of the first features that come to mind when ERP software is mentioned. By combining business intelligence systems and artificial intelligence modules, analysts can achieve much more efficient results.  Particularly in large companies, the continuous flow of data from different departments can sometimes become difficult to manage. It is possible to overcome these difficulties with AI analysis. In ERP software, artificial intelligence technology can be used to develop the areas involved in the analysts’ modeling process.

ERP and artificial intelligence can give companies an advantage in many other areas. When it comes to ERP, what is critical is choosing a structure that is right, flexible, and allows you to take advantage of Industry 4.0.

As individuals living in the universe that was once depicted in the science fiction movies which we used to watch 10 years ago, we can change the end of the movie as we wish.  If you want the film to end with a happy ending for your company, remember that the first step is the right ERP software!

I wish you all a happy ending until the next article!