Gamification in the age of Industry 4.0 (Part 1)

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Industry 4.0 has been become a popular topic around the world for several years. Together with other mega trends such as Artificial Intelligence, Augemented Reality, Big Data as well as Cloud Computing, Gamification has gained its currency in the age of Industry 4.0.

What is Gamification?

In simple words, gamification is a process of applying game mechanics into an existing non-gaming context in order to motivation participation and improve engagement from users. So games are now not only for kids; games are now for everyone and can be applied in anything. An simple example is that collecting a stamp every time we buy a coffee and then 10 stamps for a free drink. It is like in a game – completing a level to get a reward.

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Welcome to Industry 4.0

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The Fourth Revolution of industrial manufacturing has set its foot in our current life on the global scale. Before discovering the 4th revolution, let’s quickly look back on the previous revolutions. Thanks to the invention of steam engine, the First Revolution was known as the era of mechanization; while electric-powered assembly line and mass production solely performed in the second ones. Then the Third Revolution brought automation and information technology into factories. And now, what is new in the fourth? The Industry 4.0 hopefully is able to deliver these latest technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and Internet of Things.

Throwing back to 2013 when the term “Industrie 4.0” was firstly mentioned in a project of high-tech strategy of Germany, this plan aimed to computerize the manufacturing industry with much less even without involvement of human. As Hinks (2015) mentions, Germany then has invested about €200 million on this research across academia, business and government. While in the US, manufacturers, suppliers, technology firms, government agencies, universities and laboratories have collaborated with the common goal to construct an open and smart manufacturing platform for industrial-networked information applications. This platform ambitiously allows manufacturing firms of all sizes to access and utilize modeling and analytical technologies that can be customised to meet their needs.

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Are you ready to move ERP to the Cloud?

In recent few years, cloud computing has been dramatically developed and become the area of focus to general public ranging from normal users to businesses. And the phrase “To cloud or not to cloud” is considered as a familiar question in any IT strategy these days. Similarly, not only is “cloud” no longer a strange term for enterprise applications, but also has been the prominent trend.

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What is cloud computing?

As a claim by Berry, cloud computing could be understood as the delivery of computing services over a network that is a proprietary network or even the Internet. Those services are mainly infrastructure, platforms and applications. In simple words, Griffith (2016) states that the cloud here is a metaphor of the Internet; and cloud computing refers to store and access data or programs through the Internet instead of your device’s hard drive.

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A typical example of cloud computing for normal users is Google Drive where your data is stored and cloud applications such as Google Docs and Google Sheets can be also found online. Moreover, the drive can be accessed by various types of device from PC, tablet or smartphone. Another recent example is Office Online offering web-based version of Word, Excel, Power Point and One Note, which means users can access these applications via web browser without installing anything.

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