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Digital Transformation Timelines Accelerated by COVID-19

Even before COVID-19, discussions about digital transformation were heating up. A pre-COVID-19 survey of manufacturing businesses leaders revealed that 70% believed industry 4.0 and intelligent automated factories was key to their future. However, the same study also revealed that 85% of leaders still didn’t have a plan to achieve that vision. Although many more businesses have gone digital this year, many still need to or will increasingly feel that it’s impossible to keep up.

COVID-19 has underscored a need for speed and agility. How quick and reliable is your supply chain? Can you maintain throughput with a skeleton workforce? Can you make major decisions remotely?

These questions are best answered collaboratively with input from across the organization. Ensure your stakeholders are well informed and can have their feedback included as you make these changes, and bring in a change agent to lead the process and ensure you’re on the right track!

Audio: Listen to the Machine Language Podcast

Since experts are so critical in the digital transformation process, we want to ensure you’re getting high quality information from reputable sources. This is why Six S Partners Inc. recently sponsored an episode of Manufacturing Automation’s ‘Machine Language’ podcast entitled “COVID-19 Puts Pressure of Digital Transformation Timelines” with special guest Jonathan Gross, Managing Director at Pemeco Consulting.

John’s role encompasses technology architecture and planning, vendor selection, technology procurement, implementation, and ongoing optimization. He integrates Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) with Edge Computing, building systems that include data analytics, and building things that improve manufacturing execution, quality, supply chain, and logistics.

During this podcast, John discusses short- and long-term solutions for new technology, how to pay for it, and what tips he has for SMEs as they consider their post pandemic plans.

What is Digital Transformation?

In the Machine Language podcast, John defines digital transformation as:

Using technology fundamentally change the way the business operates and provides value to customers. It’s more than just technology modernization, it’s more than process improvement, the focus has to be on “transformation.

The transformation is not incremental, it’s not about gaining a 10-15% efficiency improvement; it’s about a 70% efficiency gain. To succeed a company needs to use technology to rethink its entire business model. We need to start with business strategies, existing business models, and a solid understanding of business and technology trends, looking even into other industries for inspiration.

Transform Your Business with Six S Partners and ERP

Six S Partners’ team of dedicated ERP consultants work with you to ensure implementation of the right technology, at the right time, with the right training. Our Epicor solutions are tailor-made for your unique business needs, and we partner with you to ensure you have the support you need to navigate changes in your business and business practice.

If you’re ready to digitally transform your operations and enhance competitiveness through enterprise resource management, please contact Six S Partners.