What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) refers to software “robots” that can be taught or programmed to mimic human actions like typing, copy-and-paste, open files, read files... do many tasks across programs and applications just as human workers do. It is especially suitable for tasks requiring no subjective judgement, that can be described simply. The RPA software … Continue reading What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?

The success of a 4.0 transformation is strongly dependent on the initial conditions

The success of a 4.0 transformation in manufacturing (and industry at large) is particularly dependent on the initial conditions for its implementation. The “founding fathers” of Industry 4.0 and the organizations who help its implementation soon recognized the importance of a suitable “ground” as well as a number of prerequisites for a 4.0 transformation to … Continue reading The success of a 4.0 transformation is strongly dependent on the initial conditions

Could industry 4.0 extend Lean’s lifespan?

When Industry 4.0 arrived with all its bells and whistles, many would have thought “haha, this is the long awaited next big thing to replace Lean”. Now, as the time goes by, it seems more and more that Lean is regarded as a mandatory prerequisite to Industry 4.0, which in return could unexpectedly extend Lean’s … Continue reading Could industry 4.0 extend Lean’s lifespan?

A collection of Proofs of Concept doesn’t make a Digital Strategy

I read and hear it over and over: when it comes to Digital Transformation, Smart Manufacturing or Industry 4.0, companies face an indigestion of Proofs of Concept (PoC). Those are most often haphazard uncoordinated bottom-up initiatives, that last long without proving much. Worse, there is enough evidence that the technical solutions work and many available … Continue reading A collection of Proofs of Concept doesn’t make a Digital Strategy

Data continuity for faster decision making and agility

Speed, time-to-market, fast response and agility are becoming increasingly important in fast changing and competitive markets. In such environment, value or benefits decrease rapidly in time. Conversely, being fast, reactive and agile enables reaping the most of the value.  Brick-and-mortar companies going click-and-mortar or the digital transformation way have to get rid of the inherited … Continue reading Data continuity for faster decision making and agility

Why your digital transformation may well start with brown paper and sticky notes

Call it digital transformation, smart factory, IioT or industry 4.0, your high-tech company transformation program may well require mundane brown paper and sticky notes at the very beginning. A random collection of Proofs of Concept does not make a transformation program It is a lesson learned over and over, a transformation program is not a … Continue reading Why your digital transformation may well start with brown paper and sticky notes

Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick

In the hype of digital transformation, the appeal of new technologies and the hope to buy turnkey solutions to lasting problems may eclipse the good old Lean, even so all the potentials of the latter haven't been fully exploited. Now here are 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick: Digitizing wasteful activities is … Continue reading Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick

3D Printing and Porter’s five forces

In a previous post on this topic I wondered about the pace of announcement of new amazing possibilities offered by 3D printing. I also wonder how the potential disruptions of 3D printing are ignored or underestimated. With the new techniques and new printable materials, virtually anyone can become a manufacturer. While this is good news … Continue reading 3D Printing and Porter’s five forces