A manufacturer’s guide to a successful Digital Transformation

Posted on 6 Dec 2018 by The Manufacturer

Search ‘Digital Transformation’ online and you’ll get about 450,000,000 results. Rather than having to sift through all of them, here’s a useful guide which touches on almost every aspect of your organisation and how digital technology can help make them more effective.

Digital Transformation Internet of Things (IOT) technology with AR (Augmented Reality) on VR dashboard. Businessman making presentation with his colleagues and business strategy digital layer effect at the office - image courtesy of Depositphotos.
The race is on to implement Digital Transformation projects at scale – image courtesy of Depositphotos.

Digital transformation has now become a core component of modern manufacturing, helping businesses to innovate, produce, sell and service more effectively.

SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW: Leadership Teams; People and Skills; Supply Chain; New Product Development and Additive Manufacturing; Customer Service and Competitive Advantage

Leadership Teams:

To realise the greatest gains, manufacturing executives need to safely and successfully lead their businesses through this digitalised ‘Industrial Renaissance’.

To better understand the proactive steps necessary to become a digital leader, The Manufacturer spoke with John Kitchingman, managing director, EuroNorth for Dassault Systèmes:

Click here: For your business to become a digital leader, you must become a digital leader

In an accompanying short video, Kitchingman shares some advice on how leadership teams can plan their business’ digital transformation strategy and ensure that momentum is sustained over the long-term:

People and Skills:

The Manufacturer also spoke with Kitchingman about what new skills this digital transformation of manufacturing will require and, perhaps more importantly, where will they come from.

He also comments on why ‘renaissance’ – a term which encompasses artistic, scientific, technological and cultural achievements – is actually a truer reflection of what’s currently happening industrially, socially and, importantly, globally:

Click here: Welcome to the ‘Industrial Renaissance’

In an accompanying short video, Aneta Jajkowska, Regional HR Director, EuroNorth for Dassault Systémes, discusses how digital technologies will impact the workforce of the future and advises on how employers can prepare their employees for change:

Supply Chain: 

At this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, companies did more than $190bn worth of deals – a spectacular 50% increase on the previous year.

During the course of the show, senior executives from some of Britain’s leading aerospace and other manufacturing companies gathered for a private dinner to discuss a topic at the core of manufacturing’s future: whether technology alone is enough to deliver a seamlessly connected supply chain.

The Manufacturer was there and you can read the key takeaways here

In an accompanying short video, Dassault Systémes’ John Kitchingman explains how manufacturers can successfully transform their supply chain into a value chain to achieve greater agility and responsiveness:

On the sidelines of Farnborough International Airshow 2018, Accenture UK’s Ben Salama highlighted how digital technologies can help businesses ensure that Prime / Tier 1 manufacturers focus on creating these ‘value chains’ rather than simply implementing ‘value extraction chains’:

New Product Development and Additive Manufacturing:

Airbus wanted to develop a prototype of a thrust reverser unit (TRU), a component that slows down an aircraft upon landing. The aerospace giant wanted to simplify the design and improve its efficiency; it also wanted to take something that would usually take 18-24 months and achieve the same results in a 90-day sprint.

Click here to see how Airbus did exactly that

Additive manufacturing (AM) is already transforming aerospace, helping to enable design freedom, improving sustainability through lightweighting, compressing lead times and lowering costs by reducing tooling.

The next goal is to transform AM production and design processes to deliver consistent quality parts on a large scale.

Click here: Additive manufacturing breakthroughs for aviation

In an accompanying short video,Dassault Systémes’ aerospace expert, Enrico Scharlock explains how additive manufacturing is helping aerospace companies produce faster, lighter and more efficient aircraft:

Customer Service and Competitive Advantage: 

According to Gartner, a staggering 89% of companies said that they expected customer experiences to be their primary basis for competition. At the same time, we’ve seen how companies like Uber and Amazon have disrupted entire industries by offering a simpler, easier and more personalised experience for their customers.

When Joseph Pine coined the term the ‘Experience Economy’ in the 1990s, he envisioned a future where companies would compete through personalised experiences rather than products. As digitalisation has transformed our world, this prediction has now become reality.

Click here: Why the customer drives innovation in the experience economy

In an accompanying short video,Dassault Systémes’ Dave Falkingham explains how digital technologies open up new possibilities and improves competitive advantage, speed and efficiency for manufacturers within global trading networks:

Digitalisation is a core component of the Industrial Renaissance currently revolutionising manufacturing. It has become a driving force to innovate, produce, sell and service products.

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