Infor helps Middle East prepare for Industry 4.0
With 76% of manufacturers in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) engaging in - or will soon start to engage in - a formal digital transformation program, Infor is helping manufacturers in the Middle East prepare for industry 4.0.
Speaking at the on December 15, Andrew Kinder, Infor’s SVP for international strategy & sales support, will be discussing the opportunities emerging for Middle East manufacturers who are able to devise, implement, and execute the right digital transformation strategies, shining a light on how the region can embrace digital transformation and prosper amid industry 4.0.
Infor reports that many countries in the Middle East are pursuing sector-specific development plans to modernise the industry sector and drive their national transformation initiatives. Driving factors for the acceleration has been the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and that 75% of the Middle East population are either Millennials or Gen Z (according to a recent report from the IDC).
The company adds that with 76% of manufacturers in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa engaging in - or will soon start to engage in - a formal digital transformation program, it is important to avoid common pitfalls by following the correct steps when it comes to planning and implementing a digital transformation strategy.
Currently Infor is working with major manufacturing companies in the Middle East to drive their digital transformation strategy, companies like, , the company plans to digitally transform and automate key business functions such \as human capital management, customer relationship management, finance, procurement, warehouse, and supply chain management.
“Manufacturers of all types in the Middle East can reap huge benefits from the 4th Industrial Revolution if they embrace change and digitally transform with the right strategy and the best digital solutions. Attendees at Industry 4.0 Middle East will have the opportunity to learn more about strategies to succeed in these fast-changing times, and how Infor solutions can automate, digitize, and future-proof their processes and operations,” commented Khaled Al Shami, Infor’s director of solution consulting for the Middle East & Africa.
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.