IIC/CESMII: driving transformative business value with IIoT
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the world has seen digital transformation adoption - in a matter of months - rapidly accelerate, with McKinsey reporting that on average digital offerings have “leapfrogged of progress in a matter of months.”
With executive being three times more likely to state that at least 80% of their interactions are digital in nature, businesses are striving to meet these shifting demands.
IIC and CESMII: accelerating the development, adoption, and monetization of Industrial IoT (IIoT)
In a recent announcement made by and , the two organisations have formed a strategic partnership to “accelerate the development, adoption, and monetization of Industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies, infrastructure and solutions to deliver transformative business value for manufacturers through digital transformation.”
The benefits of smart manufacturing (SM)
In adopting - at scale - smart manufacturing (SM) manufacturers stand to benefit from a strategic harmonisation of reference architectures, testbeds, knowledge, and key SM technologies.
In forming a strategic partnership the two organisations will help to accelerate the democratisation of SM in all industries and business sizes.
Activities to take place as part of the strategic partnership
- Providing access to SM Innovation Platform, SM Profiles, and the SM Marketplace
- Realising solution interoperability by harmonising technology components (and other elements) via coordination, collaboration, and standardisation
- Aligning work in horizontal domains to be adopted in vertical domains
- Providing thought leadership and knowledge exchange
“Digital transformation is at the heart of the next generation of Smart Manufacturing, bringing a host of benefits. We are looking forward to collaborating with CESMII and sharing the goal of innovation to accelerate the digitalization of industry,” commented Wael William Diab, Chair of the IIC Liaison Working Group and Secretary of the IIC Steering Committee.
“Resilient manufacturing and supply chains demand a much greater degree of data and application interoperability. CESMII is committed to democratizing Smart Manufacturing technologies and knowledge to scale innovation. This IIC partnership will help us achieve those goals, establishing standard means for data modeling, information sharing and solutions interoperability,” added John Dyck, CEO at CESMII.
Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers
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.”
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.