ICYMI: Financing Big Data into Smart Data

Thursday, September 15, 2016 10:00 am EDT



Gary Amos, CEO Commercial Finance - Americas at Siemens Financial Services

As seen on LinkedIn, Monday, September 12th

How much time in a day do you spend on a smart device? As we become increasingly reliant on technology in our personal and professional lives, the abundance of information online and across our devices can overwhelm even the most technically savvy individuals. Today’s most advanced smart phones can store 128 gigabytes (GB) of internal memory. While this is an impressive amount for such small devices, the world generates 2.5 exabytes, or 2.5 billion GB, of data every day, resulting in a new found challenge for businesses.

The challenge becomes - how do we bypass the overabundance of data available to make practical use of the most valuable information? The answer is smart data, a universally applied concept across industries. For example, in manufacturing the era of the ‘digital factory’ requires seamless integration of data along the industrial value chain. This has increased in importance to become a key criterion for manufacturing company competitiveness. Equipment manufacturing experts who embrace digital manufacturing tools are further able to streamline data to make informed decisions that improve processes, foster leaner manufacturing structures and ultimately accelerate product time to market. With an increased need for updated technology to manage data, there comes greater reliance on flexible financing structures to enable organizations to capitalize on this equipment. 

Siemens Financial Services (SFS) surveyed Chief Financial Officers (CFO) within the global manufacturing industry on the opportunities and challenges inherent in this new industrial era. According to Deloitte this era is coined, “Industry 4.0 which refers to a developmental stage in the entire manufacturing value chain process. Widely used across Europe, particularly Germany’s manufacturing sector, this industrial phenomenon also is referenced as the ‘internet of things (IoT)’ or ‘industrial internet’.” Results of the research provided recurring themes, such as: an expressed need for sustainable and affordable capital to face the new challenges brought on by Industry 4.0, asset finance referenced as a strategic tool leveraged to fund digitalized technology, and a diverse range of financing techniques is viewed as “important,” “very important” or “critical” for manufacturing today.

The survey revealed that the financial solution, asset finance, offers a number of benefits including speed, ease of use, flexibility and dependable rates. As one CFO respondent states, “The biggest benefit of asset finance is the quality and the speed of the acquisition.

Along with different types of financing, there are also various models to implement that financing. For example, Siemens Financial Services' Commercial Finance team views data harnessing as critical to the digital enterprise, specifically in acquiring advanced technologies. At SFS, we look to integrate financing for the adoption of next generation technology to improve both information connectivity and reporting mechanisms for industrial customers. Technological advancements and harnessing ‘smart data’ are fundamentally shifting industry today. Financing may be just the answer for customers to turn data into smart data to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0. 

For more information on Siemens Financial Services, you can visit our website atusa.siemens.com/finance or follow me on Twitter at @GaryAmosSFS.


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