Everyone in industry and business uses the term digital transformation, but there are myriad definitions and meanings behind their casual use of the words. This can be confusing for an enterprise just considering or embarking on its digital transformation journey. Recently in InTech magazine, I had the opportunity to share my thoughts and Emerson’s philosophy on what digital transformation is and how to implement it, regardless of what step your company is currently working on. Here are some of those ideas.
No matter what a user’s definition of digital transformation is, it generally involves achieving these business benefits:
Significant business outcomes mean that digital transformation has to start at the plant floor and proceed all the way to the cloud. This requires beginning at the OT (operational technology) level and transporting valuable information to the IT (informational technology) level.
Even if an organization is enmeshed in implementing digital transformation at some level, if the planning step was skipped, it can be worthwhile to go back and answer important questions. For newcomers to digital transformation, it’s essential. Here are the questions:
Identify the Automation Maturity
What step is taken first depends on the organization’s automation maturity.
Other key factors are the current comfort level of personnel with technology and the data that can result from implementation and how much technology the company already has in place to handle the problems to be solved.
Start Small, but Plan for Scalability
Once an organization realizes the extraordinary benefits that can be achieved through digital transformation, the temptation is to do everything at once. That approach, however, can be overwhelming and bring the entire operation to a standstill. Instead, identify individual problems to be solved that can produce lucrative results and implement them. Every step of success bolsters confidence in the plan and keeps the budget under control. It’s essential, however, to plan for growth and easy scalability. Otherwise, the organization can create more dead ends and automation islands. Choose technology solutions wisely to assure a clear, affordable path of scalability.
Pick a Platform Carefully
Because digital transformation focuses on solving business problems, and many stakeholders are non-technical, it’s good to select hardware/software platforms that conform to accepted stands, provide interoperability and give the organization maximum flexibility. In the long term, this approach will ensure faster, more affordable implementation. It’s essential that users select platforms that encompass solutions from the floor to the cloud:
The digital transformation journey is different for each organization, but I’ve touched on common best-practice guidelines that can be followed to improve success. The primary goals are connecting smart technologies to valuable field data, providing visibility, and delivering actionable results through analytics to help users optimize their operations.
If you’d like to read the entire article, check it out here. And get more information on the Floor to CloudTM approach to digital transformation here.
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