From global events highlighting weaknesses in the supply chain to the impact of climate change, classical manufacturing concepts are being disrupted across the board. It’s a turning point for the industry.
Supply chains are increasingly relying on automation, driven by intelligent analytics and cognitive computing. Dubbed Industry 5.0, it’s the next stage of the digital, environmental and human transformation of global manufacturing.
Some companies, however, are still working to become paperless, and feel overwhelmed by the undertaking that lies before them. And those that have begun their digital journey might be unsure of how to move forward, and need support with the next steps.
What’s needed is a data-driven organization, in which decisions are based on facts rather than intuition alone. Data insights help manufactures to achieve business objectives, create more efficiencies across the supply chain, introduce innovation and, ultimately, bring costs down.
Among the challenges that manufactures face today is the prospect of “zombie data.”
It gives rise to multiple problems, including:
Eighty percent of all data programs fail because organizational readiness is not in place. Aside from even having the correct technology, businesses need to address the human side, with a structured vision and roadmap that considers perspectives company-wide, leading to an aligned sense of purpose, diversity of thought and creativity.
Active participation in the roadmap should be encouraged with clear objectives. An effective data strategy begins with a shared outcomes-based vision. A data-driven manufacturer acts as a unified organization, with the ability to quickly adapt to new market realities.
The key difference between Industry 4.0 and 5.0 is the call for putting people and the environment back into the manufacturing equation, and ensuring that humans and machines work together for a greener and digitized future.
Automation gives rise to concerns about taking jobs away from humans. The reality is it that it makes conditions safer for people, and allows them to utilize their talents in more creative spaces such as research and development, innovation and design. The result is often improved attraction and retention of talent, as employees feel they have a career with purpose, with a greater focus on leadership abilities.
Having a data-driven organization doesn’t just optimize operations; it allows for adjustments in real time and proactive responses. In this regard, five technology drivers are here to stay:
Industry 5.0 is a game changer, not just in the way manufactures apply technology, but also in the pivoting of their priorities to include more planet-focused initiatives. To determine these goals and begin setting benchmarks, manufacturers should consider where their operations are in achieving sustainable growth, where costs need to be reduced, which product-quality improvements are most appropriate, and what moves the needle to best support sustainability goals and the transition to net-zero carbon emissions.
The key benefits of a becoming a data-driven manufacturer are many. They include more insightful and supportive data in real time to enable innovation, operations that respond proactively to change, measurable results with transparent practices and processes, and the ability to retain and attract new talent.
Industry 5.0 is rapidly arriving. How ready is your company to make the transition?
Helena Jochberger is vice president and global industry lead for manufacturing with CGI.
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