The modern world is undergoing an exponential disruption of changes unknown until now in the history of humanity, thanks to a non-human variable: technology. This change places us within a context that experts described some time ago as a VUCA environment, which is notable for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Certainly, these parameters strictly define the current times in which we are living and which, by their nature, entail a definite challenge to the management of a non-technological factor: talent.

Industry 4.0, digital transformation and fourth industrial revolution are opening the doors to an unknown economic model. Distinct from prior models, this new phase is not the result of an industrial transformation based on a definite energy source, but rather on knowledge of the human mind and, particularly, of artificial intelligence.

This way, data coordination becomes the new gold of the digital transformation wherein we can live as mere passive spectators or as the protagonists in the key of opportunity.

The objective, and we have to work toward it, is to build and embrace this fourth industrial revolution from optimism, in a change of mentality, living this moment from a positive viewpoint, adapting to development eagerly. Only in this way can we take the utmost advantage of the benefits that Industry 4.0 offers us with all of its tools: automation (AGVs) and mobile robotics, big data, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, Internet of Things, additive manufacturing, virtual reality or block chain, among others.

However, in order to embrace the opportunity of this new era, we must prepare our talent 4.0 strategy. First, identify the talent 4.0 map and the digital profiles that will be required medium- and long-term i order to launch consistently your strategic vision of digital transformation. If this exercise is carried out from a systematic perspective, that is, in light of not only your needs and of the available talent currently on the market, but of the medium- and long-term needs of the Industry 4.0 ecosystem both locally and internationally, you will immediately become aware of the immense digital talent ‘gap’ existing between the offer and demand and of the enormous opportunity and the challenge that talent development entails in the current context of this new era.