Experts interview with Ralf-Michael Franke

With collaboration of OT and IT towards production automation

“All factories that do not address the topics of Industry 4.0, machine connectivity and analytics of machine data will disappear from the market. And the others will grow,” affirms Ralf-Michael Franke, former CEO of the Siemens Business Unit Factory Automation and Chairman of the Advisory Council at Cybus in the experts interview.

He also describes the challenges the industry faces due to the inevitable transformation of automation. He elaborates on how Cybus is setting a new standard of seamless collaboration between shop floor and IT. English subtitles provided.


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Interview participants: Ralf-Michael Franke (Chairman of the Advisory Council), Peter Sorowka (CEO of Cybus) and Carsten Stiller (former CSO of Cybus). Moderated by Christine Brunner.

About the interviewees

Ralf-Michael Franke

Chairman of Advisory Council

After more than 30 years in leading positions at Siemens, Ralf-Michael Franke is known for his outstanding leadership and professional expertise in the industrial sector. In 2004, Franke became CEO of the Siemens Industrial Automation Systems Business Unit. In 2011, he was appointed Head of the Drive Technologies Division and then, in 2014, he became CEO of the Factory Automation Business Unit. Franke is convinced that the use of data plays a central role for the technologies of the future.

Peter Sorowka

CEO of Cybus

Peter Sorowka is a thoughtleader for Industrial IoT and technical architecture of data-based industrial production. As co-founder, managing director and CEO at Cybus, he advises and steers industry on the way to a decentralized, secure smart factory and data-driven smart services. He is convinced that the true power of the Internet of Things will only unfold when open networking becomes reality, even between systems that are currently unrelated and beyond corporate boundaries.

Peter Sorowka, CEO von Cybus
Carsten Stiller, ehemaliger CSO von Cybus

Carsten Stiller

Former CSO of Cybus

Carsten Stiller is former Managing Director and CSO at Cybus. With his extensive experience over the last 16 years in the industrial core markets of Germany, USA and China at Siemens AG, his mission is to shape Cybus’ growth trajectory and strengthen the Cybus brand as a technology leader in the Industrial Edge Platform space.

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