Interdisciplinary and pragmatic cooperation
In general, testbeds are defined through the following characteristics:
- Fast realization of an economic potential in a controlled experimental surrounding
- Real enterprise conditions
- Evaluation / specification / optimization of digitalization solutions
In the context of the digitalization the necessity to test technologies, services and products under real enterprise condition has come up. Moreover, it has shown that to overcome technological challenges it is necessary to evaluate digitalization solutions under real company conditions and, building on it, to specify and optimize them.
Another important element of testbeds in the context of digitalization is an interdisciplinary cooperation across all business sectors in the context of internet based ecosystems. Moreover, a fast and pragmatic realization of economic useful application scenarios are of central importance. Therefore, the Ferdinand-Steinbeis-Institute (FSTI) added to the definition of testbeds the aspects of the partnership cooperation over all business sectors and the fast realization to generate a competitive advantage.
The FSTI defines testbeds as following:
Testbeds are marked through partnership and pragmatically cooperation of companies to implement experimental a shared value scenario in a real company surrounding and in a way which was not used before. The focus is on the implementation of small application scenarios. In this way new products and services in the context of digitalization are created through interdisciplinary cooperations under the use of existing technologies. Therefore, the solution of testbeds often is an anticipated use for all involved parties which was not usable before.
Testbeds for medium-sized enterprises
The testbeds which are promoted by the IIC are by now mostly aligned with the requirement of big companies. For medium-sized enterprises and the craft sector there have to be some adjustments, especially considering their success factors and limitation through boundary conditions. With this, micro testbeds has been developed under the roof of Steinbeis.
What is a micro testbed?
In micro testbeds 3 to 5 small and medium-sized enterprises from different domains work together in partnership in a neutral moderated “trust space” and realize value adding scenarios in real company surroundings experientially. The aim is to realize pragmatically and fast a given goal from which all involved parties can gain and to learn together. First results from micro testbeds are expected after 6 to 12 months. In this way new products and services in the context of digitalization are created with already existing technologies through interdisciplinary cooperation. Another goal of this proceed is to generate domain overarching value in connected ecosystems and, with this, to build up sustainable ecosystems with medium-sized enterprises and the craftsmen. The following picture shows this schematically:
Which benefit do we have through a micro testbed?
In the context of micro testbeds solutions for concrete problems of digitalization of companies are realized and tested in partnership in the real application surrounding. Through the cooperation over all sectors in internet-based ecosystems completely new value can be generated within the ecosystem. With this it is possible to open up new markets. Participation on international developments is possible through the access to the IIC. Thereby, the opportunity to test and develop the solutions which have been found within the IIC in the context of a cooperation has been given to the companies. Apart from the access to the IIC the FSTI has strong connections to other initiatives in the context of the digitalization, amongs other things the Platform Industrie 4.0 additionally, the FSTI is part of the strong Steinbeis-Network with around 6.000 experts. Through this connection the opportunity is given to consult the fitting partner out of different fields. The results which were found in the context of a micro testbeds can be released in national or international publications. In the following picture is showed which benefits result through a participation on micro testbeds.
How do you become a part of a micro testbed?
There are different opportunities for your company to become part of a micro testbed:
Initiate a micro testbed with a concrete topic: You already have identified a concrete topic in your company. Your company wants to push the topic forward and you are looking for fitting partners. The Steinbeis Digital Business Consortium supports you in this connection through the creation of a neutral trust space and identifies and acquires fitting partners in cooperation with you.
Become a part of a micro testbed with your company: You know that you have to create digitalization actively in your company to keep participating in value adding processes in the future but you do not have a concrete approach yet. Due to the years of experience of our experts we can give the opportunity to participate in a micro testbed.
Become part of a micro testbed as an expert: You are an expert in a subject and want to share your expertise within a micro testbed. We would appreciate to include you targeted with your expertise in a fitting micro testbed.
The Ferdinand-Steinbeis-Institute cooperates closely with the Steinbeis Digital Business Consortium and its experts during execution of the micro testbeds to guarantee an optimal transfer of the research results in the projects of the member. For more information about the Steinbeis Digital Business Consortium click the following link. http://steinbeis-digital.de
Contact person for micro testbeds is: Patrick Weber
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