The COVID-19 epidemic has increased the importance of digital transformation, which was already a major strategic effort. Digital transformation is a catch-all phrase for adopting new technologies, skills, and procedures to enhance corporate operations and satisfy customers. A digital transformation strategy, which includes various tools and procedures, might differ significantly from one organization to another. Within just months, companies have adopted digital technologies faster than they did a decade ago, fearing being outflanked by competitors. Every firm embarks on a different digital transformation journey to figure out how to best integrate digital practices and technologies into its core business operations and product line. This article at the Manufacturer explains the benefits of starting a digital transformation journey.
Why is a Digital Transformation Journey Important?
Due to the innovative and disruptive nature of new technologies, businesses are expected to constantly change. This requires businesses to continuously innovate and optimize to remain relevant in the marketplace. Unwanted business outcomes and the collapse of companies can occur from inaction, stagnation, or being overly comfortable with the existing status quo.
Steps to Take on a Digital Transformation Journey
Explore and chart the route
According to Graham Upton, Chief Architect for the Intelligent Industry at Capgemini, “Creating an efficient data flow is a common goal of digital transformation.” Furthermore, he asserts that you must consider macro hazards from the first design.
Roger Thomas, the VR/AR head for the Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (SAM) project helping North-East SME manufacturers, concurs that this is true regardless of whether you are addressing geopolitical risk or supply chain issues.
Ensure that nothing is overlooked and that every cycle is optimized efficiently by benchmarking records after each process.
Break down your project into smaller tasks
According to Peter Ruffley, the CEO of the IT firm Zizo, you should consider the transition’s total worth, including its value to suppliers and customers. Additionally, you must consider incremental gains in productivity, efficiency, etc.
The managing director of Guidance Automation, Dr. Paul Rivers, shares this opinion, “Identify the right processes to automate; be realistic and pragmatic about the affordable and achievable degree of change. Process review and assessment can better understand where automation can be deployed, or release staff to take on other tasks.”
Meanwhile, Mark Hughes, UK & Ireland Vice President of ERP vendor Epicor, recommends prioritizing the steps that provide value. Regularly evaluate the advantages and value of the technology you have implemented. Furthermore, he believes you have chosen the wrong approach if you are burning more bridges than bridging gaps.
The author exemplifies the merits of breaking down work into smaller chunks with the use case of Airbus.
Additionally, the author elaborates on an inclusive approach, the importance of planning, strategy, triaging, digital maturity, and regularly repeating these steps.
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