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Collaborative Networks: A Pillar of Digital Transformation

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Faculty of Sciences and Technology and Uninova CTS, NOVA University of Lisbon, Campus de Caparica, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
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Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing, National Research Council, Via Corti, 12, 20133 Milan, Italy
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(24), 5431; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9245431
Received: 5 November 2019 / Revised: 29 November 2019 / Accepted: 8 December 2019 / Published: 11 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Applied Industrial Technologies)
The notion of digital transformation encompasses the adoption and integration of a variety of new information and communication technologies for the development of more efficient, flexible, agile, and sustainable solutions for industrial systems. Besides technology, this process also involves new organizational forms and leads to new business models. As such, this work addresses the contribution of collaborative networks to such a transformation. An analysis of the collaborative aspects required in the various dimensions of the 4th industrial revolution is conducted based on a literature survey and experiences gained from several research projects. A mapping between the identified collaboration needs and research results that can be adopted from the collaborative networks area is presented. Furthermore, several new research challenges are identified and briefly characterized. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaborative networks; digital transformation; Industry 4.0; smart manufacturing collaborative networks; digital transformation; Industry 4.0; smart manufacturing
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Camarinha-Matos, L.M.; Fornasiero, R.; Ramezani, J.; Ferrada, F. Collaborative Networks: A Pillar of Digital Transformation. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 5431.

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