SME platform for the journey into the digital future

Munich, April 6, 2022 – Independent industry analyst Ulrich Sendler has launched the Digital Industry Circle (DIC). With the Digital Industry Think Tank, an advisory board of top-class experts from industry and industry-related research, the DIC provides assistance to SMEs on their journey into digitization. The first projects are already underway.

Many SMEs feel that they cannot manage the new things the market is now demanding of them without a strategic approach. Glossy brochures and Industry 4.0 labeling with promising claims do not help here. But this raises urgent individual questions: What will it cost the companies? What capacities do they have, and what capacities are they lacking? How much time do they have to calculate before it pays off? And more specifically: How do the new technologies work practically with their products in their companies?

The Digital Industry Circle (DIC) is the network in which industrial SMEs embark on the journey together, gathering strength and the push in the right direction. It all starts with an individual assessment of where one’s own company stands. From there, the appropriate path to positioning is described together. To this end, the DIC provides companies with the professional experience of specialists from industry and research. They form the Digital Industry Think Tank, which accompanies the development of the DIC and the journey of its members.

The Digital Industry Think Tank comprises: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Borcherding, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Deuter, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roman Dumitrescu, Prof. h.c. Dr.-Ing. Ömer S. Ganiyusufoglu, Dr. Christopher Ganz, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lydia Kaiser, Nico Michels, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Stark, Larry Terwey, Matthias Weigele, Tim Weilkiens.

The aim is to get a quick and effective start on forward-looking projects. The experts at the Digital Industry Think Tank are not the only ones available to initiate and pursue them, as well as for research and development. They are also all well connected to other experts, research labs and institutes, as well as to providers of hardware and software. A unique resource for SMEs. The DIC is neutral and not tied to any company, institute or product.

Part of the impetus for the journey planning is the accompaniment of the first steps by experts from the Digital Industry Think Tank, who act as coaches to help the respective company not to overlook anything and to pursue only the best and most suitable ideas. The process is supplemented by a mentoring group. This usually consists of three to five people who have a similar issue or objective, i.e., company representatives from the DIC and experts from the think tank. In collegial consultation, topics are discussed at eye level and experiences are exchanged.

The first projects are already underway. The DIC is looking for further experts, but above all for interested entrepreneurs who are willing to venture on the solution path. Managing directors of industrial SMEs who would like to embark on the journey, who find the concept interesting and want to learn more about it, or who are already on the journey and would like to contribute their experience, can contact the DIC directly. There is no cost associated with arranging the experts for the initial meetings.

About the Digital Industry Circle
The Digital Industry Circle (DIC) is a network of SME representatives from the manufacturing industry at executive level for exchange and mutual support in digitalization. Ulrich Sendler is responsible for coordinating the activities and networking SMEs with experts. The network is not an association. Participation is free of charge.

The Digital Industry Think Tank is an advisory board of experienced experts from industry and industry-related research who make their many years of experience available for use by SMEs and support the work of the DIC: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Borcherding, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Deuter, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roman Dumitrescu, Prof. h.c. Dr.-Ing. Ömer S. Ganiyusufoglu, Dr. Christopher Ganz, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lydia Kaiser, Nico Michels, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Stark, Larry Terwey, Matthias Weigele, Tim Weilkiens.