In the first of this series of two articles on obstacles to companies adopting digital technologies, we focused on corporate culture, and the internal structural changes required to achieve digital success.
The defining product of the digitalisation of manufacturing activities is data. Companies risk missing out on the opportunity to glean the maximum amount of information from their data and use it to drive their business towards becoming what SAP describe as an 'Intelligent Enterprise', a business whose activities are connected and transparent at every stage, from production to customer service.
Imagine if your company was able to reduce the number of mundane, repetitive tasks that are completed by staff each and every week. Tasks that can often hold up sales, delay delivery, frustrate customers or, even worse, be completed incorrectly.
Fresh ideas in manufacturing are what keeps this industry vibrant and moving towards the future, and at Innovation Alley, running through the heart of Smart Factory Expo, there was no shortage of new and exciting businesses trying to stand out from the crowd.
At The Manufacturer, we’re fortunate enough to visit many of the world-leading factories the UK has to offer, as well as speaking to a host of industry experts about the various challenges and triumphs they’ve experienced.