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Don’t Fool Yourself, Manufacturing 4.0 Means Exponential Change

Posted By Jeff Moad, September 19, 2017

104708946_Global_Network.jpgWe often hear that, when taking first steps on the digital transformation journey, manufacturers should start small, build on successes, and then expand the vision once results and credibility have been established.

This  seems like prudent advice. After all, digitization often involves the implementation of new, relatively untested technologies, and leads to profound process and organizational change. Therefore, we’re often told, it’s best early on to reduce risk by narrowly defining the scope of digitization projects, focusing in incremental improvements, and leaving messy change management for later.

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We often hear that, when taking first steps on the digital transformation journey, manufacturers should start small, build on successes, and then expand the vision once results and credibility have been established. This seems like prudent advice. After all, digitization often involves the implementation of new, relatively untested technologies, and leads to profound process and organizational change. Therefore, we’re often told, it’s best early on to reduce risk by narrowly defining the scope of digitization projects, focusing in incremental improvements, and leaving messy change management for later. Read More →

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