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

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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

The tablet syndrom

This post is not about drugs nor pharmaceutical industry, the mentioned tablet is the electronic one, you know, the bigger version of a smartphone. The tablet syndrom is about the tablet as a symbol for being trendy, going digital, sometimes even believing to lead a digital transformation when handing out a load of these devices. … Continue reading The tablet syndrom

Smart Factories: Converting workers into problem solvers?

Smart factories, industry 4.0, IIoT and everything else covered by the digital transformation umbrella raises fear about the future of human jobs, or to be more specific, the income source of employees. To my surprise some promoters of these factories of the future have a ridiculously simple solution: convert the actual workers into process supervisors … Continue reading Smart Factories: Converting workers into problem solvers?