Digital transformation, sometimes called digitalization, refers to the complete integration of digital technologies into all facets of a business. This integration profoundly changes operations and the way it provides value to its customers. More than just a technological evolution, it is a cultural change that requires organizations to abandon long-established processes in favor of more efficient and agile methods. It is a realignment of technology, business models, and an adaptation to new market demands. With this transformation comes a set of issues that every organization must understand to succeed in the current digital landscape.
Each era has its revolution: if the 19th century saw the industrial revolution, the end of the 20th and especially the 21st century have shifted the world into the digital age. This embodies above all a profound renewal of the modes of circulation of information in our society, but not only that. For several years, we have observed an increasing digitalization of codes and uses, in all sectors. In particular, more and more companies are turning to machines, software or other artificial intelligence on a daily basis. So what would be the benefits? Discover here the five points that highlight the importance of Digital Transformation for your industry.
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The first benefit of digital transformation can be seen in the overall improvement in team efficiency, which leads to increased productivity for the company . Thanks to new technologies, the time spent searching and processing information is considerably reduced for employees. Automation systems make it possible, for example, to scan documents in large quantities. Business applications with integrated templates (specifications, risk analysis, qualification procedures, etc.) save time when it comes to data entry. As for platforms using a cloud system, they embody valuable tools that help to centralize information and share it on a large scale, in order to then be able to resolve certain problems more quickly.
Cost reduction and revenue growth
Succeeding in reducing the budget has always been a priority for every company. While many expenses remain essential, digitalization offers a significant reduction in certain operational costs.
. The example of the cloud will be particularly telling here: its use thus makes it possible to avoid investment in bulky hardware equipment and the bills linked to their maintenance. However, it is complicated for an industry to outsource all IT environments: this leaves the so-called “hybrid cloud” solution, combining on-site infrastructure with private cloud services and a public cloud.
Data embodies a main lever to activate for the industry during its digital transformation. Its analysis is indeed essential for monitoring, in real time, the performance of units and production lines. Generally speaking, the collection, storage, processing and exploration of data allows precise monitoring, while opening the horizons to new strategies, particularly in terms of decision-making. Here we come back to the first point discussed, particularly in terms of efficiency gains and lower costs. Data monitoring, an integral part of digitalization, is therefore ultra-beneficial for the growth of an industry's activities.
Digitalization obviously benefits innovation, thanks to its agile nature, but also to the extent that it allows us to be increasingly competitive at lower cost . Today more than ever, a company's ability to innovate is necessary to stand out and establish a lasting presence in the market . In a context of digital transformation, it is therefore the industrial whole that responds to the call for innovation: new processes, products, services and solutions. The continued use of new tools also encourages the sharing of ideas and enriches the daily lives of employees, who are therefore directly invited to take part in building the future of their company.
A new lease of life for the company
Digital transformation also rhymes with the development of new skills. Employees must then adapt to these recent technologies, and familiarize themselves with artificial intelligence, connected objects, augmented reality or the different virtual solutions that the company has chosen to use in its processes. To do this, we should not hesitate to train teams through the recruitment of experts from the digital world . This promotes agility and communication between all parties, while optimizing the quality of work and profiles. This is how a true digital culture can ultimately develop within the factory.
The last advantage, and not the least, of digitalization finally results in an improvement in working conditions in the industrial sector. Digital transformation makes it possible to streamline exchanges within the company and stimulate creativity. This must, however, be carried out while respecting ethical values and employees' right to disconnect, at a time when issues related to management or working time are causing much discussion.
The digital transformation of the industry therefore presents itself as an essential challenge, essential to increase its results tenfold and establish itself on the market . It will nevertheless be necessary to precisely define your objectives to make this transition as successful as possible: our teams of experts are at your disposal to support you in this achievement.