We’ve all heard the buzz, it’s been around a good while now, but let’s be honest, the momentum is slow; adoption is slow; progress is slow. You may be suffering from 4IR disillusionment, and if you hear about another multi-million-pound project involving 'Digital Twins' and 'Augmented Reality' your head might explode from all the noise and jargon.
There is a false assumption that manufacturers are struggling to get digital transformation projects off the ground. It’s not starting pilots that is causing headaches, however, it’s scaling the most valuable ones. Here’s how to keep that from happening in your business.
Global competition, shifting customer demands and a surge in digitalisation are just some of the trends changing the face of modern manufacturing. To keep up with this change of pace, many manufacturers are now starting out on their own digital transformation journeys. While there is no magic formula, there are some common stumbling blocks, which can be avoided.
The recession of 2008 left the Norwich engineering and manufacturing company Lintott in dire straits, heading down a one-way street to oblivion. A new management team took the company over in 2012 and decided on a strategy that had data and digitalisation at its core. The transformation has been nothing short of remarkable.
When you are thinking of entering the chocolate business, bearing the name Cadbury is hardly a handicap. But when James Cadbury – the great-great-great-grandson of the founder of the brand, John Cadbury – decided to create his own version of what was once the family business, he knew the traditional high-investment, high-risk way wouldn’t work for him.