5 Steps in Developing Digital Transformation Strategy

Emerson's Peter ZornioRapid technological advancements and retiring waves of deep expertise are prompting many manufacturers to re-imagine their operations. A digital transformation comprised of cultural change, workflow and process changes and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) requires a clear strategy based on the manufacturer’s key business objectives.

In a CIOReview article, Five Key Steps To Building A Successful Strategy For The Industrial Internet Of Things, Emerson Automation Solutions’ Chief Technology Officer Peter Zornio provides guidance for developing this digital transformation strategy.

CIOReview: Five Key Steps To Building A Successful Strategy For The Industrial Internet Of ThingsPeter cited an Emerson study on the challenges manufacturers have in developing a strategy:

…60 percent of respondents said they were exploring or investing in Industrial IoT pilot projects, but only 5 percent were investing against a clear business case for how to best implement the technology. This challenge is amplified by the fact that Industrial IoT projects often don’t have a clear functional “owner” within the business. Among survey respondents, 28 percent cited operations as leaders in Industrial IoT in their organizations, followed by IT and engineering at 24 percent each.

He lists 5 steps to follow in building the plan and successfully executing it:

  1. Focus on business opportunity first, not technology.
  2. Build an integrated team.
  3. Focus and start small.
  4. Digitally transform employees as well as processes.
  5. Pick the right supplier partners.

Read the article for more of Peter’s insights on each of these steps and incorporate these ideas in your organization’s path to a successful digital transformation. He concludes the article:

With these considerations top of mind, businesses will be well-positioned to get significant returns on their Industrial IoT investments. And with strategic business plans guiding these investments, they will also gain experience and expertise that will drive broader adoption of Industrial IoT and other advanced digital technologies for operational improvements.

You can connect and interact with other experts in digital transformations in the Plan & Design and Implement & Build groups in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.