Digitalization - the 4 biggest errors

We are in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution, which will fundamentally change our working and private lives. That is the basic tenor of many reports about digitalization. However, a closer look reveals that smaller companies in particular still hesitate to invest in the digital future. For example, the Bitkom Digital Office Index has shown that companies with fewer than 100 employees often have no or only inadequate strategies to cope with digital change.

While many companies recognize the opportunities of digitalization, the risks are often subject to widespread misconceptions or misjudgements.


Error #1: "We're already digital, every employee has a tablet."

Change is happening so quickly and steadily that it is easy to overlook the fact that digitalization does not just mean new software or a fast Internet.

According to a study by TwinEconomics, in which around 2500 industrial companies in Germany were surveyed, four-fifths of the companies are computerised companies, i.e. they only use the Internet and IT to support their business models. Only one fifth of companies are actually considered to be digitalized.

In fact, digital transformation means a cross-departmental view and control. In Germany, digitalization as “ Industry 4.0” is unfortunately often seen as manufacturing automation.


Error # 2: Digitalization is essentially an IT matter

A widespread misconception is: "Digitalization and smart factory are IT-projects". In fact, the digital transformation of a company is a matter for the management and part of a comprehensive change management process. This cross-departmental and far-reaching change intervenes deeply in existing structures and processes. Therefore, it is first and foremost a question of creating suitable structures in the organization.


Error #3: The employees follow automatically

In addition to business management implementation, the "human factor" is another important component in the implementation of industry 4.0.

The employers have the difficult task of picking up and taking each individual in the company on a journey into a digital future - in order to counteract the fear of losing one's job on the one hand and on the other hand to manage the lack of qualified personnel.

“First the human being, then the machine”. Take the employees with you and let them become a driving force that drives digitalization in your company!


Error # 4: Digitalization costs a fortune

Every digitisation project that breaks completely new ground can and should start small in order to gain sufficient experience before the growth phase. The budgets for this are manageable. Even machines in production do not have to be newly purchased, but can, for example, be upgraded step by step with the necessary sensors and actuators.

At the same time, Digitalization can also reduce costs: a stronger networking of machines, processes and people increases efficiency and saves resources at the same time.  Intelligent monitoring and transparent processes enable companies to maintain an overview at all times and thus react flexibly and quickly to changes in the market.

Conclusion: Digitalization is not a "hit and miss" action, but can only be tackled step by step.

For this, a realistic evaluation of your own company is worthwhile. How do I assess my own digital competence, where do I see digital potential, what organizational prerequisites do I still have to create?
Here, the congress "Digitalization in Confectionery Production" can provide assistance and concrete information on how you can implement digitalization in your production.

More information about the congress can be found here


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