Industrie 4.0-Readiness
Online Self-Check for Businesses

During the Online Self-Check, you will be prompted to answer a series of questions about your implementation of Industry 4.0. Completing the Online Self-Check will take about 15 minutes.


The Online Self-Check is broken down into six dimensions of Industry 4.0, each containing questions on a different set of issues:

  • Strategy and organization: To what extent is Industry 4.0 established and implemented in your company’s strategy?
  • Smart factory: To what extent does your company have digitally integrated and automated production based on cyber-physical systems?
  • Smart operations: To what extent are the processes and products in your company digitally modeled and capable of being controlled through ICT systems and algorithms in a virtual world?
  • Smart products: To what extent can your products be controlled with IT, making it possible for them to communicate and interact with higher-level systems along the value chain?
  • Data­driven services: To what extent do you offer data-driven services that are possible only through the integration of products, production, and customers?
  • Employees: Does your company possess the skills it needs to implement Industry 4.0 concepts?


You select the criteria by which you wish to compare yourself with other companies on the subject of Industry 4.0. Besides industry classification, you can also choose the size of the company as an additional criterion for comparison.

Note: Data on the benchmark companies was collected in a 2015 survey conducted by IW Consult, a subsidiary of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, and commissioned by the IMPULS Foundation.

After you have completed and submitted the questionnaire, you will receive an e-mail with your personalized evaluation. Your results will be used to suggest a plan of action to enhance your company’s Industry 4.0 readiness.

Terms of use, data privacy

The Online Self-Check may be used free of charge.

No personal data and no company names are collected during the Online Self-Check. The information you provide is stored on the servers of IW Consult GmbH and used solely for statistical purposes. No data is shared with third parties.

If you have any questions or comments about the Online Self-Check, please contact the partners involved in the study. We look forward to your questions and comments and will be happy to assist you.