Siemens Digital Transformation

Siemens Digital Transformation

Digitalization is changing people's everyday lives as well as the economic environment in which companies operate. The digital transformation will describe the evolutionary process by which - in this case - companies adapt to this digital change. In the following Siemens' Digital Transformation will be described in detail.


Company name:Siemens AG
Description:Strong technology company, which convinces above all by innovation strength as well as customer proximity.
Chief Digital Officer (CDO):Dr. Helmuth Ludwig
(actually CIO, but who supports the implementation of digital challenges)

Social Media Siemens

(Corporate Blog)

Chief Digital Officer (CDO)

Name:Dr. Helmuth Ludwig

Social Media Chief Digital Officer (CDO)


External Digitalization

Digitalization is changing the demands that customers and suppliers, but also the market itself, place on the company. External digitalization is about how the company presents itself to the outside world and how it deals with these new requirements in order to be able to continue to operate successfully in the market.

This is about answering the questions:

  • How can I design my product range to inspire the customer? (Raise Net Promoter Score)
  • How can I bring my products to market as quickly as possible? (Go-to-Market strategy)

Digital Unit external

Describes own companies, which deal intensively with the topic digitization and promote this topic. Digital Unit external and Digital Unit internal cannot always be clearly separated from each other.


Digital Business Model (Value Proposition)

A business model describes how a company creates value, communicates that value and records it as revenue. Digitalization creates entirely new ways in which a company can create value that can be integrated into existing business models. Value proposition is the core of the business model, as it determines the benefits a company can offer its customers. Existing companies must therefore review their business models (in particular value proposition) and determine whether a new approach created by digitization should be used to increase the benefits for the customer.

More about digital business model can be found here in the glossary: Business Model.

IoT-operating system

Name:MindSphere (Own Compay)
Description:MindSphere is an open, cloud-based IoT operating system from Siemens that connects products, equipment, systems and machines of the respective company and makes it possible to use the entirety of all data from the Internet of Things. is the associated online portal that serves both developers and users.
Website:You can find more information here.
Competitor:Android Things
Competitor’s Website:

Digital Accelerators

Accelerators are institutions which support companies, e.g. through consulting, training or personnel, so that they can develop as quickly as possible. Normally these are startups that are helped by Accelerators. In this cooperation, a company already established on the market is supported, which faces new challenges or has to grow into the digital transformation.
More about Accelerators can be found here in the glossary: Accelerator.

Name:Siemens Technology Accelerator (STA)
Description:Siemens is a company that invests a great deal in research and development. This also means that more and more innovative technologies are constantly being developed. Nevertheless, the company can only actually implement innovations within Siemens structures if they fit in with its core business and can also be converted into a Siemens product.
In order to promote these innovations nevertheless, the Siemens Technology Accelerator converts them into other successful businesses either by founding a start-up or by entering into sales or license agreements.
In this context, the Siemens Technology Accelerator, with its core competencies in business, technology and law, is responsible for transforming these innovations into successful business models.

Digital Incubators

Incubators are facilities that create optimal conditions for a company to develop fully. Incubators are also usually associated with startups. In this context, incubators create optimal conditions for successfully integrating the changes associated with digitization into an existing company.
You can find out more about incubators here in the glossary: Incubator.

Name:next 47 (Business Angel)
Description:Next 47 describes an independent unit with the aim of promoting disruptive ideas more strongly and advancing new technologies more quickly. Next 47 bundles Siemens’ entire commitment to start-ups. The new unit is independent, but can still benefit from the advantages of a large corporation. Next 47 will operate from Berkeley, Shanghai and Munich and cover the world’s regions from there. The new unit will be open to founders and external start-ups as well as established companies who wish to pursue business ideas in the company’s strategic innovation fields (Siemens).

Digital Startups

Digital startups of the corporate.
More about Startups can be found here in the glossary: Startup.

Name:Identify 3D
Description:Software provider for digital manufacturing security, quality and traceability

Digital Hubs

Digital Hubs are outsourced premises of a company in which innovations are dedicated to the topic of digitization. By means of other work processes and unfastened corporate structures, the networking of internal and external expertise is intended to create digital innovations that drive the company forward.
You can find out more about Digital Hub here in the glossary: Digital Hub.

Name:Smart City Digital Hub (Hongkong)
Description:The Smart City Digital Hub is a collaboration between Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) and Siemens Limited (Siemens). In the hub, researchers are working on Smart City applications and solutions – especially for Hong Kong.

You can find more information here.


Apps of the corporate.
More about Apps can be found here in the glossary: App.

Google App Store:

Further Apps

App name:SIMOTICS Digital Data App
Description:With the SIMOTICS Digital Data APP, the user has access to technical data, spare parts and operating instructions of the real SIMOTICS 1LE1 and 1LE5 series engine anytime and anywhere.
By scanning the DataMatrix code attached to the motor, the user obtains the electrical and mechanical data suitable for the respective product. In addition, the operating instructions can also be viewed and an overview of the spare parts that can be ordered can be viewed.
Google App Store:

App name:SIMATIC Mind Apps
Description:One of several Simantic Mind Apps that represent all applications for using MindSphere.
Google App Store:e.g.

An overview of different Simantic Mind Apps can be found here.

Internal Digitalization

Refers to the digitization of internal company structures and processes. Here, the digitization of the company's own product and service chain is at the forefront.

This is about answering the questions:

  • How can I increase my productivity through even more digital processes?
  • How can I increase my productivity through even more digital processes?
  • How can I achieve faster results through even more digitalisation in the company?

Digital Unit internal

Describes internal company departments or even a direct subsidiary that deals intensively with the topic of digitization and drives it forward. Digital Unit external and Digital Unit internal cannot always be clearly separated from each other.

Digital FactroyThe seamless integration of data along the industrial value chain is becoming increasingly important. With its new Digital Factory division, Siemens wants to offer its customers a comprehensive portfolio of hardware and software products that enable the complete integration of data from development, production and suppliers. The goal is to digitally represent the entire physical value chain. The company’s own platform, which was created for this purpose, is called “Digital Enterprise”.

You can find more information here.

Digital Strategy

Describes the strategy, i.e. the long-term behavioural plan, of how a company wants to implement digitalization within the company.

Vision 2020+This vision represents the strategy for creating the next generation of Siemens.

Innovation StrategyInnovations play a particularly central role at Siemens. This is also clearly reflected in the company’s mission. It says, “Siemens convinces through innovations that realize what matters. The innovation strategy helps to ensure the consistent implementation of these projects.

Particularly with regard to implementation, the company wants to take a leading technological position in innovation technology, promote so-called “open innovation,” promote digitization, open up growth areas of the future and work faster, more agilely and more efficiently.

Further information can be found here.

Digital Governance

Digital Governance ensures that the digital strategy is properly implemented. And - vice versa - governance should serve to support the alignment of the digital architecture. It refers to the management and interaction with employees in connection with the implementation of digitalization in the company.


Digital Architecture

Digital Architecture describes the structure of corporate structures and areas that the company uses to implement digitalization in the best possible way.

Corporate TechnologyEnriching technologies and the business model based on them form the basis for the (economic) success of the company.
The Corporate Technology (CT) central research and development unit is therefore of particular importance in this context.

You can find more information here.

Digital Processes

Digital processes refer to processes that the company uses to implement digitalization. Based on this, it is used for the internal digitalization. Usually they are implemented based on a business process map on different levels (e.g. level 1-5). Processes designed on level 1 are End-to-End (E2E) processes. Business Process Management (BPM) is the methodology to design and manage digital processes.


Digital Organization

Type of control of the business units that the company chooses to implement digitalization.


Digital Platform

Describes platforms that the company uses for implementation or as part of its digital strategy.

MindSphereMindSphere is an open, cloud-based IoT operating system from Siemens that connects products, equipment, systems and machines of the respective company and makes it possible to use the entirety of all data from the Internet of Things.

Simatic Software PlatformPlatform that other companies can use as a service (PAAS).
SIMATIC Software Platform provides a cloud-based IT infrastructure with pre-installed and fully configured SIMATIC engineering software with various virtual machines and optional service packages.

You can find more information here.

Digital Tools

Describes tools (e.g. programs) that the company uses to implement or within the framework of the digital strategy.

Digital twinDigital twins are virtual images of products, machines, processes or even entire production plants. They contain all relevant data and simulation models – no matter whether it is an electronic circuit, a factory, a rail vehicle or a building. This tool can significantly facilitate the ongoing optimization process of production facilities and processes.

You can find more information here.

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