I was recently enjoying some annual leave which I spent hiking through the mountains in Austria. Spending time in that way clears your mind and at the same time it gives you the space to reflect on certain things. In my case, my mind drifted to our work, our clients and the future. How will digital transformation take form for industrial companies? What will a plant look like in five, ten or 25 years? How will asset performance management be transformed? These questions are posed by many and discussed widely but are, as of yet, not answered clearly.
As a consultancy firm we work with and come across many different companies of different sizes and in various markets across the globe. We see that quite some companies have pilots running but expanding beyond small, controlled projects is still uncommon. So, they all grapple with scaling up digitalization and how to make it worth their while – proving added value, lasting improvements through digital transformation.
Together with LNS Research, MaxGrip is preparing a webinar on four common roadblocks to scaling up digital transformation. One of the roadblocks that stands out for me is not being able to look beyond the technology. I can imagine that due to the vast number of technology providers it is hard to see the forest for the trees. Additionally, a successful transformation encompasses adapting processes, realizing organizational readiness (adoption by the workforce, adapting roles and responsibilities, company culture and way of working).
It is no easy feat to have your entire organization successfully realize digital transformation. It is much like my hiking path through those beautiful Austrian mountains: a road full of twists and turns, with obstacles along the way, at different elevations and with constantly changing weather… Don’t give up because you have to keep in mind: in the end the result (or in my case the view) is inspiring and highly satisfying.