Smart Industry, Industry 4.0 and the fourth industrial revolution 2018.

Smart Industry – tomorrow’s world… today

James Skelton, Senior Recruiter at FMC Global Talent.
James Skelton, Specialist Marketer – Smart Industry at FMC Global Talent.

It’s a revolution

Whether the industries we operate in are experiencing a fourth industrial revolution remains to be officially confirmed, but this hasn’t stopped us at FMC from getting tremendously excited about what the future holds for the Smart Industry.

The digital era is hurtling towards a whole new world built upon data optimisation and is being delivered through the digitisation and digitalisation of workflows. It might have just been a pipe dream 10 years ago, but these advancements in technology and software are redefining the boundaries of what is possible to achieve in engineering. And there’s one or two bits of cool tech which have helped achieve this along the way!

What’s all the commotion about?

Yes, it all sounds very exciting, but there is a very sensible reason behind this development. Over the past few years, the Plant, Manufacturing and Construction industries have been hit with an enormous amount of change, delivered in the form of software and technology which has provided many shiny new service offerings.

Whether it has been the introduction of cloud or virtual reality software, it has forced organisations to digitally transform their workflows, and even business models, to better achieve operational excellence. In other words, the Smart Industry is getting a whole lot smarter!

Get excited!

If like us you’re passionate about technology, there is no greater industry to be involved in. Take Construction for example, BIM is arguably the most sophisticated and innovative technological innovation to have ever been released in this industry, redefining the boundaries of design, project management and cost estimation.

Naturally, there are challenges in respect to adopting and utilising these innovations such as cultural change, skills shortages and realigning customer expectations. The benefits are huge, reducing costs and risk whilst maximising efficiency are three pillars to organisational success.

So get excited because we’re moving to a digital world in engineering and it is happening right now!

Are we there yet?

Of course, the journey towards achieving true digital transformation won’t be easy, but most organisations have started at the top. If the big boss is broadcasting all things digital, then the smaller ones are much more likely to follow suite. Being receptive to investing in third party solutions has put organisations well on their way.

But none of the above should come before the people. Devoting time, investment, recruitment and training towards the development of the team has never been so important. Ultimately, they are the individuals who are the real driving forces behind maximising a return on digital transformation.

FMC Smart Industry

We’ve had a timely transformation of our own! If you’re interested in learning more about the FMC Smart Industry, our recruitment and headhunting services or how we can support your next career move, then take a look at our website at or call us directly on 01522 695011.

And you can learn more about our SMART makeover here!