At Siemens Digital Enterprise Services, we have implemented some impressive digitalization projects, which allow our customers to save big. A food and beverage customer, for example, cut the investment needed for product changes by 70 percent.
Another digitalization project increased our pharmaceutical client’s product quality and reduced their production costs, among others. I could go on and on… Our Ingenuity Blog and Siemens Stories are full of examples of how digitalization is helping our customers be more successful.
Starting something new can be daunting, especially when it’s big, like a digital transformation in an industrial environment. Therefore, we consider any digitalization in an holistic way: Consulting, Implementation, and Optimization. A lot of customers are familiar with these three steps.
But today, I would like to concentrate on the foundation of a digitalization journey: Consulting Services. Why start with Consulting and why is it so essential when it comes to digitalizing? Because a comprehensive digitalization roadmap and the consideration of the best possible digitalization solutions are being defined in this very important phase – and this in close collaboration with you and according to your industry-specific requirements and expectations.
If you’re anything like me, you like to know what to expect when you embark on a new journey. Let me show you how Consulting – which would be the first step in digitalization – works:
We start by getting to know you and learning about what you want to achieve with digitalization. We work together using tools like design thinking, and factor in your specific challenges. The result is an overall strategy for your digitalization efforts.
With the strategy in hand, it’s time to understand where you need to focus in order to realize your vision. By looking at the market environment and your business drivers, your goals become even clearer to us. At this point, in collaboration with you, we select a single plant to concentrate on.
3. Maturity assessment
We have the vision and point of focus, and now it’s time to get realistic. What state is your facility in? We do an in-depth analysis of your processes, systems and pain points to determine the exact starting point. When that is compared with the target state, gaps become apparent.
4. Close the gaps
The driving question here is: How can these gaps be closed? In this phase we present digital solutions and technologies that can solve your specific issues. This is when buzz words like artificial intelligence and digital twin pop up. Here we draw on technology expertise gained in our own factories and with customers in just about every industry vertical, whether we’re talking about automotive, chemical, or food and beverage.
At this point we suggest concrete projects. The focus here is on finding the best solution for you, and we do that by being brand agnostic – the solution could be from Siemens or from a third party. Part of this step is defining measurable KPIs, determining the project duration, and calculating the expected return on investment.
6. Project selection
We work together with you to select the projects that, when implemented, will have the biggest impact for a successful transformation. We also identify interdependencies between projects and determine the technical prerequisites. This step is important to see what needs to be in place and how that might impact a facility’s ITand OT systems. With this information we also outline a holistic future systems landscape architecture.
Everything we’ve done until this point is integrated into the digitalization and transformation roadmap. We also support you in developing a project master plan with clear responsibilities for the people in your organization and for potential partners. That gives all stakeholders clear guidelines on how to reach the expected ROI targets.
Time to implement!
After this intensive Consulting phase, the tracks are laid to put everything into action. It’s time to proceed into the Implementation phase and to realize your digitalization benefits. Are you ready?
Are you interested in digitalizing your business? Get in touch to see how we can help you reach your goals.