Tips for All Digital Transformations

Tips for All Digital Transformations
Understand that digital transformation and the smart manufacturing journey requires significant time, knowledge, and intentional planning.

  • Digital transformation and the journey towards smart manufacturing is just that, a transformation. It will require complex, large scale changes that will span significant periods of time.
  • As a guiding company, you should work to identify and share quick wins in the beginning of the DX journey.
    • Quick wins are identified to accelerate acceptance and business value realization.
  • A thorough understanding of business strategy and corporate goals as well as the current state of technology and systems is essential.
    • Every company is unique and will require a digital transformation roadmap that fits their unique needs and goals.
    • SIRI (The Smart Industry Readiness Index) is a global standard assessment tool used to fully understand customer's current capabilities, challenges, complexities, and goals. With this tool, you will have the information you need to create a roadmap that best fits a company’s needs.
    • A DX strategy that works in partnership with corporate vision will allow people, technologies, and systems to all work cohesively together.

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Foster company-wide communication and collaboration through change management and change leadership.

  • A common reason for DX failure is the lack of a supportive, enthusiastic, and trusting employee culture.
  • When employees are an active part of the digital transformation journey, they are more likely to trust the process and take an active role in upholding it.
  • Corporate restructuring is an important part of dismantling communication breakdowns and disconnects within the company. Ask, are there any leadership or management structures at play which hinder collaboration?
  • Change management/change leadership at all company levels is key.

Understand the intersections between information technology and operational technology.

  • A lack of IT/OT collaboration is often a major contributor to DX failure.
  • Integration of IT and OT throughout operations is key. When operations are isolated and difficult to understand from the outside, communication breakdowns and procedural disconnects are far more likely.
  • A system which links on-premise devices and cloud-based systems enables a more cohesive and better managed digital platform.
  • Utilizing IT/OT cohesively is also useful in creating a DX which centers a company's customer experience.

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