PARIS—Nine French software companies focused on Industry 4.0 have joined together to create The Industrial Alliance (TIA) Consortium. Each company serves as a complementary 'brick', so to speak, in a Software-as-a-Service network designed to help manufacturers efficiently digitalize their factories and build the Industry of the Future.

Each company brings a specific expertise based on a disruptive technology. The nine companies and their specialties are:
Scortex, automating quality control [see photo];
Ellistat, controlling industrial processes;
Zozio, optimizing logistic flows and stocks in real time;
Fabriq, managing workshops;
Mercateam, organizing teams;
Oplit, planning production;
TEEPTRAK, monitoring performance;
Metron, measuring decarbonation; and
Niagra, monitoring industrial data.

TIA also presented its manifesto of action last month upon its formation. The opening paragraph reads: "Connection is the key. Whether it's people or data, we believe that everything is about connection. we connect startups and industrials who decide to shake up the established order to rethink what is possible. Whether you are a small business or a large corporation, you have chosen the right attitude rather than old habits, because you know that small changes can lead to big transformations. We create compatible ecosystems that revolutionize the way you produce, because big changes need inspiring leaders."