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Business Process Management

GFOS: Humans Need to Benefit

Digitalization is not only for software and systems; it also affects human beings. GFOS mbH from Essen deals with this important aspect. The workforce and MES specialist has found the perfect starting place for its mission at CeBIT.

10 Sep. 2015

"Traditional shift systems, manual manpower planning and Excel tables – in terms of HR a surprisingly large part of the industrial sector is still working with analog systems," says Miriam Czepluch-Staats, Marketing Director of GFOS mbH in Essen.

Fair, efficient planning is almost impossible manually. According to market analyses carried out by the software company, the demand for high-performance deployment scheduling systems is therefore increasing.

"Workforce management" is the term used in the digital age.

"In order to provide attractive work scheduling and jobs and to appeal to the skilled labor force of the future the way working hours are organized must be updated and become more flexible," says Czepluch-Staats. "Stagnant models that are no longer up to date will be replaced."

During their mission to bring digitalization into the economy, GFOS rediscovered CeBIT. Following a four-year break, the company returned to the leading event for business IT in 2015. In addition to solutions for workforce management GFOS Manufacturing develops manufacturing execution systems (MES) and solutions for access control. Their software modules can be expanded into a multidimensional resource management system. The focus of their CeBIT stand was the new gfos 4.8 release.

"CeBIT was perfect for us since we work across sectors. Like CeBIT, we not only cater to industry but also to commerce and the service sector. The new release was received positively everywhere."
Miriam Czepluch-Staats

The company also made extensive use of CeBIT's double role as an exhibition event and convention. GFOS' Managing Director Burkhard Röhrig was on stage during many presentations and panel discussions. "Many CeBIT events had '4.0' in their title. That shows the degree to which everyone is engaged in this subject," states GFOS Marketing Manager Miriam Czepluch-Staats. "The public is torn between flowery dreams of the new way of working and terrible scenes of unemployment." Accordingly the "human side of Industry 4.0 needs to be actively designed." Here the interests of both management and employees would be aligned in a way for "employees to benefit from the change instead of being victims of the industrial revolution," says Czepluch-Staats. GFOS therefore likes to use the term "Industry 4.0 Human!"

CeBIT's reorganization as 100 percent business was the right move for GFOS.

"As returnees to CeBIT we are very pleased with the new approach to the trade show and Hall 5. It will certainly invigorate the event. We will definitely be there again in 2016."
Managing Director Burkhard Röhrig

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