Jul 17, 2020

Cognizant: Top 10 Digital Manufacturing Consultants

Cognizant
Manufacturing
Industry 4.0
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
Cognizant features in our Top 10 Digital Manufacturing Consultants in Manufacturing Global’s July Magazine, we take a closer look at the firm.
Cognizant features in our Top 10 Digital Manufacturing Consultants in Manufacturing Global’s July Magazine, we take a closer look at the firm...

Cognizant is one of the world’s leading professional services companies, transforming clients’ business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Its unique industry-based consultative approach helps many of the most renowned organisations in all industries build and operate more innovative and efficient companies. 

Founded in 1994 as a technology development arm of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, Cognizant was subsequently separated into an independent company in 1996 and has worked closely with large organisations in a bid to create more robust businesses ever since.

Cognizant specialises in helping some of the world’s most established organisations to remain as major brands amidst today’s transformative technological landscape by accelerating all aspects of how they serve their customers, from digitising products, services and customer experiences to modernising all technology infrastructure.

Manufacturing

One of the many industries Cognizant serves is manufacturing, serving 8 out of the top 15 industrial manufacturers. As the manufacturing industry undergoes Industry 4.0 and a significant digital transformation, it’s become increasingly vital that manufacturers align digital platforms, automation and AI to accelerate production. 

Combining industry and domain expertise, Cognizant unifies the manufacturing ecosystem to create efficient, intelligent and agile operations. Underpinned by cost-effective managed services, Cognizant works with manufacturers to create and deliver products efficiently. The firm partners to ensure manufacturers leverage cross-selling and up-selling opportunities, which help increase profitability and customer satisfaction.

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May 12, 2021

Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers

SmartManufacturing
DigitalTransformation
DigitalFactory
ConnectedFactory
2 min
57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support smart manufacturing digitalisation

With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.

While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.

“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.

“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”

Change Management

Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.

“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.

Technology and People

While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.

“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.

Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.

Discover Gartner's Five Best Practices for Post COVID-19 Innovation' in manufacturing.

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