A central pillar of Industrie 4.0 is the ecosystem idea, which we have been pursuing in Germany and especially at RWTH Aachen Campus for more than 10 years. With increasing support from governments, associations and a wide variety of organizations, communities are also growing in several countries in Latin America. Instead of reinventing the wheel, many programs, hubs and funding pots rightly aim to harness the advances in research and application. In exchange with our regional partners and companies in LatAm, three needs come up repetitively:
Exchange with peers in I4.0 communities: Connect with your peers and built a powerful ecosystem will help you move faster while avoiding lots of mistakes (not all)
Continuous education on all company levels: Invest in your people to drive the change. This will help you develop, retain and attract the capabilities and personalities you`ll need in the future.
I4.0 program development & management: Define a consistent transformation program and a structure to follow-up on its execution.
The need for further training concerns the entire workforce. That includes broad training in the basics, focused building of expert skills but also the change of the company’s way of collaborating and taking decisions. Fears must be allayed, advantages explained in a comprehensible manner, and an understanding of one's own role developed. At the same time, it has become clear time and again that commitment and involvement of top management are essential and require intensive consideration of the concepts, implications and potential of digital transformation.
Beyond that, enabling a company-wide organizational structure that orchestrates transformation is key. After all, there is usually no shortage of pilot projects, POCs and ideas. Rather, there is a lack of clear prioritization, sequencing and synchronization of activities according to available resources and across departmental and plant boundaries. Your transformation program should consider your current baseline and the strategic focus. Have a look at our “Insights” below to learn more about holistic roadmapping and consistent management of the Digital Transformation.