What does Digital Transformation really mean in your industry?
For me as head of Operational Technology at ams OSRAM, this has a lot to do with changing the way we look at production in general. What does that mean in detail? Data has become an integral part of the product and even offers new business opportunities for us with regard to bundling hardware and data services for customers.
Becoming a data product in this sense means that a lot of the policies for optimizing product flows in a factory actually apply to the “data -product” as well. Just think about one of the core principles of lean manufacturing. Muda- or Waste- reduction, wrong production, overproduction, long transport times. This all translates nicely into data speak, or value stream designs as a guiding principle.
Another point is that the interoperability of data is becoming more important every year. The same data element is suddenly apparent in operations management and financial applications. Digital transformation reaches out to core business processes such as made-to-order or general end-to-end planning. Without saying it, all these requirements are calling for a data-intense digital twin of products and even factories. Another important aspect is that in recent years, the lines between classical information technology and operational technology have gradually started to blur and we are experiencing a convergence of both. This is not about technology alone but also about the teams involved and their ways of working.