7 Steps to complete your Digital Transformation
In a world that’s continually evolving, businesses cannot afford to stand still. They must continually invest in technology to ensure they can adapt and survive. In no sector does this apply more than in manufacturing.
Now is the time for British manufacturers to make the right preparations for the challenges that lie ahead. Whilst the next few years may not be easy, the latest advancements in Industrie 4.0 technologies could open a whole new world of opportunity to revive the UK manufacturing industry.
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“Change cannot happen all at once, so it’s important that consideration is given as to how digital transformation can be broken down into individual smaller projects.”
IT Manager, Systems Assurance Ltd
Managing change is never easy. Even in smaller companies where physical implementation may be simpler, cultural idiosyncrasies often exist across different functions that can present barriers to progress. Bringing different parts of an organisation together in a coordinated effort can be the hardest part of any new implementation. However, with the right planning, processes and communication it doesn’t need to be a difficult process.
Change cannot happen all at once, so it’s important that consideration is given as to how digital transformation can be broken down into individual smaller projects. Mini-projects not only make transformation easier to manage, but their successful completion also demonstrates to stakeholders that the organisation has a clear road map for the future and is committed to delivering continual improvements. The positive PR generated by the completion of such projects drives engagement and boosts morale across the workplace, motivating stakeholders to become proactive in aiding the progress of future projects.
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1 – Transformation needs researched and identified
- Map the broader service and competitor landscape
- Research and identify transformation needs
- Define the overall requirements
- Shortlist requirements by priority
- Select immediate projects with clear objectives
- Define metrics that will be used to measure success
2 – Project sign off
- Develop the transformation road map
- Perform Due Diligence: explore full range of possible solutions (third party and/or in house capabilities)
- Create business case
- Secure commitment from senior stakeholders
3 – Engage team and define responsibilities
- Appoint project teams and allocate responsibilities
- Set clear tasks and deadlines
- Create clear transformation plan to record progress across teams
- Define and confirm contracts for any third party suppliers of machinery/tech
4 – Communicate changes across the organisation
- Include clear milestones and expectations for project delivery
- Clarify any actions or changes in processes that are expected to occur and when these will happen
- Inform any suppliers/partners/customers and others in the supply chain of any changes that might affect them
5 – Implementation
- Beta testing
- Implement business change
- Implement technology change
6 – Assessment
- Monitor change adoption
- Measure change performance
- Report back to senior stakeholders
- Update business-wide stakeholders on performance
7 – Report & Improve
- Phase out old technology
- Continually review, adapt and improve