Making the Transition into Industry 4.0
How do you get from where you are, to Industry 4.0? For companies it could be a big challenge because it involves risks, financial investment and additional resources. The organizational and manufactures changes will have to be evolutionary, not revolutionary, as old and new structures will need to operate in parallel.
From our experience most companies do pursue hybrid or transitional structures, as it allows talent to be leveraged, experience pooled, and duplication avoided. At the business unit level, successful transition companies encourage organic, smart, connected product initiatives. This is the reason why xintrix offers you support in both organizational and operational level. On one hand flexible and agile Industry 4.0 software solutions will support Industry 4.0 manufacturing transition, while our augmented services and decades of existence will enhance your digital transition. IT might be assigned the lead role for smart, connected product strategy and deployment. A special steering committee made up of the functional heads to champion, can oversee this effort.
There are three models emerging when making the transition:
- Stand-Alone Business Unit
A separate new unit, with profit-and-loss responsibility, is put in charge of supporting the company’s smart, connected products strategy. It aggregates the talent, mobilizes the technology and assets needed to bring such new offerings to market, working with all affected business units. This new unit is free from the constraints of legacy business processes and organizational structures. In some companies, as expertise, infrastructure, and experience grow, leadership may start shifting back to the business units over time. In other cases, stand-alone units may deter, rather than enable, initiatives in the individual business units. Knowledge acquired by a stand-alone unit does disseminate more slowly across the firm.
- Center of Excellence
A separate corporate unit houses key expertise on smart, connected products. It does not have a profit-and-loss responsibility, but is a cost center that business units can tap.
- Cross-Business-Unit Steering Committee
A committee of leaders across the various business units is put together. It champions opportunities, shares expertise and facilitate collaboration. However, such committees usually lack formal decision-making authority, which can limit drive changeability.
Xintrix solutions connect product initiatives, injecting new talents and perspectives into your organization. Our Consulting & Services and Smart Software Solutions, fully support your successful and efficient transition into industry 4.0.