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How to Break Through the Biggest Roadblocks to Industry 4.0

Manufacturing companies know just how vital the digital transformation of their businesses— called Industry 4.0 — is to their health. But they’re having a hard time getting there, and there’s lots of evidence plenty of them will fail somewhere along the journey.

Gartner in its report “How to Make Our Industrie 4.0 Predictions a Reality, Faster,” details how widespread Industry 4.0 will become — and how many companies won’t reap its benefits. (Note: Gartner refers to it as Industrie 4.0.) It projects that “By 2022, more than half of all implementation projects in heavy manufacturing industries globally will leverage the principles of Industrie 4.0, compared to less than 10% now.”

“By 2022, more than half of all implementation projects in heavy manufacturing industries globally will leverage the principles of Industrie 4.0, compared to less than 10% now.”

As part of that progress, it notes, “By 2022, 50% of manufacturing CIOs will use manufacturing market scenarios to develop IT strategies for innovation programs.”

All that is to the good. But the report also warns “By 2021, 30% of all Industrie 4.0 initiatives of manufacturing ecosystems will have failed due to the lack of industry data governance.”

How can you make sure that your company can be successful in getting to Industry 4.0? An important way is to attack the biggest roadblocks to Industry 4.0 head-on. What are those roadblocks? A Gartner survey of manufacturing executives makes clear which the most important two are. In the survey, 45 percent of executives said they had an insufficient amount of IT and business resources to get to Industry 4.0. And 37 percent said an insufficient depth and breadth of digital skills was holding them back.

Despite the need for Industry 4.0, a Gartner survey recently reported that 45% of executives said they lacked IT and business resources to get to Industry 4.0 off the ground.


Finding a Path Forward in an Environment of Few Resources

How can you break through those roadblocks? Mobile is one way. Samsung executive Josh Gibson explains why in a blog post:  “Forward-thinking manufacturing companies are using mobile devices as the platforms through which plant management and workers can access…technologies with ease — and at scale — to create an agile, responsive and truly collaborative environment.”

Manufacturers who don't have the resources they need must find an easy to use development platform that can help them get more out of their existing IT and business resources, increase their digital skills and combat the skills gap. Without technologies that enable the teams they already have, they have little hope of making Industry 4.0 a reality at their organization.

With Alpha TransForm, have a mobile log sheet or non-conformance report running in the cloud in days, without having to recruit IT resources or incur huge expenses.Technologies like Alpha TransForm are ideal for resource-constrained manufacturers looking to digitally transform their businesses. Alpha TransForm and Alpha Anywhere can work independently or together as a single platform and are ideally suited for digital transformation.  Alpha TransForm helps business users craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes that utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. Manufacturers can pay a low monthly subscription and easily craft the apps they need. mobilize their existing paper forms processes, or customize pre-built apps, such as a non-conformance report template. Manufacturers can have these apps up and running in a secure cloud in days -- without a capital expense or fighting for IT resources.. Learn more about Alpha TransForm, manufacturing template apps and a free-30-day trial.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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