IBM is a globally integrated technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, New York. With operations in more than 170 countries, IBM attracts and retains some of the world's most talented people to help solve problems and provide an edge for businesses, governments and non-profits. Innovation is at the core of IBM's strategy. The company develops and sells software and systems hardware and a broad range of infrastructure, cloud and consulting services. Today, IBM is focused on five growth initiatives - Cloud, Big Data and Analytics, Mobile, Social Business and Security. IBMers are working with customers around the world to apply the company's business consulting, technology and R&D expertise to enable systems of engagement that deliver dynamic insights for businesses and governments worldwide.Industrie 4.0 is today an essential focus area for the manufacturing industries. The term Industrie 4.0 stands for comprehensive interconnection of production and value chains. Process integration is the overall target - vertikal integration to control and monitor production engines and plants, horizontal integration across the value chains and along the entire product lifecycle. This implies seemless communiction of all systems involved, finally heading at self controlled plants and processes. Over the next four years, IBM is investing $3 billion to establish a new Internet of Things (IoT) unit. This unit will be dedicated to building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions. IBM's IoT unit will build upon the pioneering Smarter Planet and Smarter Cities initiatives.