i-nexus: Top 10 strategy execution trends
After featuring in our latest edition of Manufacturing Global, we take a closer look at i-nexus’ top 10 trends for strategy execution.
“Traditional approaches to managing strategy execution don’t offer the versatility, collaboration and security needed to successfully deploy, manage and optimise strategy at scale”, says Simon Crowther, CEO at i-nexus. “Strategy execution software offers control, accountability and visibility in an increasingly complex world. Experience has shown us that for leaders to successfully cascade their strategic plan across the whole organisation, on a global scale, a digital platform is a necessity.”
10 Insight driven action
Predictive analytics and artificial intelligence, that have been aligned with an organisation's enterprise solution, will provide greater knowledge for future risks of potential strategy failure.
With the pressures of ensuring a strategy is successfully executed, a formal standardised strategy for procurement will begin to emerge.
Swift and guaranteed execution of a strategy, will come from aligning small scope deliverables with each other.
7 Digital boardroom
A digital strategy boardroom will provide organisations with real-time, scaleable insights across the entire organisation by monitoring progress and KPIs.
6 Facts and evidence
With the collection of global data, common facts and evidence will become the basis for all performance management.
5 Global Delivery
In order to successfully achieve strategy initiatives there will be an increased need for digital platforms to achieve the strategies on a wide scale.
4 A dedicated C-Suite
A dedicated C-Suite leader will be required for the successful execution of these strategies, to provide support to team members.
3 Data security and reliability
With the ever increasing and changing threats to data security and reliability, leaders need to recognise the importance of data security and the tools needed to achieve this.
2 Dedicated platform
i-nexus predicts an increase in the adoption of internal strategy execution teams and a dedicated solution to support them. Resulting in a reduction in specialist consultancy firms.
CXOs demand a platform that will enable the successful execution of a strategy, which can be managed with the same disciplines as daily business operations.
As part of its strategy execution, SAS Interior Modules harnesses i-nexus’ strategy execution software. “Our benchmark is to utilise the most modern methods and work at a constantly high level of quality. Working with i-nexus has meant that we can maintain the exceptionally high standards our clients expect, while growing our business,” Says Freddy Torres, Head of Operational Excellence at SAS Automotive Systems. “For us, quality relates to every area of the company, so we place great importance on continuously improving quality. By digitalising all of our improvement projects and our gate review process in i-nexus, we are now able to track the value and status of each project. We can analyse the actions that are having a positive impact in real-time and intervene early to optimise and adjust.”
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Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.