Digital Manufacturing: a promising work in progress. The data of the SAP research and SDA Bocconi

Digital Manufacturing: un incoraggiante work in progress. I dati della ricerca SAP e SDA Bocconi

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Industry 4.0, Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, will be the topics discussed this year at #WeChangeIT Forum Data Manager. The event will bring together CIOs and C-Levels of the most important Italian industrial realities and major players in the IT market.

Brembo, RAI, Comau, Vimar, Octo Telematics, ENEL, UniCredit and many more.

Find out the full program and the speakers at www.WeChangeIT.it where you can also sign up for free

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The Italian manufacturing sector is experiencing one of the most exciting moments of its history. The complexity of the global context in which manufacturing companies operate combines with consumer trends that require flexibility and adaptation features that have never been experienced in the past. Digitization enables industrial companies to meet these challenges and transform them into opportunities. Digital technologies come into the manufacturing and manufacturing processes of the manufacturing world, and the concept of fundamentally synthesizing the paradigm underlying the fourth industrial revolution is “autonomy”. It is clear that Industry 4.0 is not a specific technology, but it is rather about the configuration, orchestration, and integration of processes that see the application of various digital solutions, such as collaborative robots, 3D printing, increased reality, IoT, Cloud, Big Data Analytics and Cybersecurity.

For our country, what emerges on paper is an ideal scenario. However, it remains to be seen as to where companies are in their digitalization and how entrepreneurs and managers are translating the opportunities of digital photography into action. To answer these questions, SAP Italia, with the support of SDA Bocconi School of Management and a number of partner companies such as Altea UP, BMS Italia, Derga Consulting, Engineering, Exprivia, Horsa, ICM.S, Sidi, A focus study on Italian manufacturing companies.

The survey is based on a sample of approximately 1,200 companies, with 54% being small and medium sized enterprises (turnover below 40 million Euro) and was conducted from September 2016. Interviews involved interlocutors Of different business areas: information systems, production, logistics, business, human resources, finance and management control.
A work in progress and a positive approach to digitization

The analysis of the data collected shows a tendency towards digitalisation. 63% of the manufacturing companies interviewed have already completed (27%) or have already launched (36%) at least one digitization initiative, while 13% stated their intention to do so by 2017.

A signal indicating a relative good maturity of the approach, especially when referring to the economic management of this kind of initiative: in 65% of the cases analyzed, the budget for digitization activities is taken from the global business one, 11% of cases each division has its own specific budget. There seems to be an overriding orientation towards the central role of digital resources, which sees as the leading figures in the Information Systems Manager (mentioned in 48% of cases), the first management line (CEO or General Manager in 40% of cases) The Property (36%). It is interesting to note that more figures have been identified with a leading role (in 62% of cases), as evidenced by the fact that digitization is a pervading phenomenon with respect to organization, requiring very profound technical skills and a high degree of involvement of figures Company apex.

Another positive figure, in line with data from other European countries, indicates the trend to support digitization investments over the next few years with 41% of manufacturing companies declaring an increase in resources. From the analysis of the objectives, there is a mainly “internal” orientation towards the return of these investments: greater efficiency and productivity (57%), the highest level of internal coordination (47%) and quality improvement (33%) are the The purposes most mentioned by interviewees regarding digitization initiatives. In this scenario, it is clear that today it is necessary to set up the process and product bases on which to leverage more outward-oriented actions such as the best collaboration with other companies, the development of new digital markets and the search for new sources Of revenue.

 

“At a time when it seems that it’s enough to incorporate digital technology into the company to talk about Transformation or Industry 4.0, the companies we interviewed are demonstrating a mature approach to Digital Manufacturing, especially from the point of view of government and organization logic “Said Gianluca Salviotti, SDA Professor of Information Systems, SDA Bocconi School of Management. “Our interlocutors are committed to building the infrastructure, process and technology, on which the foundations of the path to the industry paradigms 4.0 are based. All without anxiety from fashionable technology, but with a clever choice of tools and technologies where appropriate. ”

“Implementing a winning strategy in Industry 4.0 involves the availability of” connected “and customized” intelligent “solutions and products,” said Carla Masperi, COO of SAP Italia. “Industry 4.0 assumes that digitization involves the entire company and not just the production component. Software solutions need to be able to leverage large data, social media, cloud software access models, IoT applications, and compose the digital backbone of the organization to connect all core business support applications. For this reason, it is not just about Industry 4.0, but also Value Chain 4.0. To support projects in these areas, SAP has created a dedicated IoT portfolio, SAP Leonardo, which is based on the SAP HANA platform, and offers intelligent IOS applications, business development services, technical services to process high-speed information at Level of single device “.

With regard to Manufacturing Manufacturing and Process Manufacturing initiatives, the percentage of active companies falls slightly compared to the company’s digitalization plans: 48% are real-time companies that declare active and 15% To be activated by 2017. In 61% of cases, activities are included in a plan that can be devoted to digital manufacturing (30% of cases) or part of a larger digital transformation project (31% of cases). One of the main goals of digital manufacturing initiatives is the increase in labor productivity (43%), product quality development (40%), greater flexibility in production (29%) and better use of productive assets (25 %). As with digitalisation, digital manufacturing seems to prevail to create pre-conditions to enable further industry opportunities 4.0, such as the best alignment at demand levels.

Even on the enabling technologies, the champion is committed to building the infrastructure on which to base the foundation for further evolution. In this context, cloud computing and advanced robotics are the two technologies that are working with greater intensity and which are expected to be the most important impacts. In particular, ICT managers of the surveyed companies have shown the Cloud as one of the priority investment areas to enable Digital Manufacturing business initiatives. As the Saas (16%), PaaS (20%) and Iaas (23%), the Cloud is the main focus of the CIOs (59% of respondents) at this time.

Lastly, IoT networks and Big Data & Analytics tools will complement the digital architecture of manufacturing companies, enabling connection between plants and machinery, collection, analysis and adaptive retroactivity. However, with respect to Increased Reality and 3D Printing, there seems to be some caution: they represent technologies that are highly cited in relation to Industry 4.0, but are now taken for granted in many manufacturing contexts.

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Industry 4.0, Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, will be the topics discussed this year at #WeChangeIT Forum Data Manager. The event will bring together CIOs and C-Levels of the most important Italian industrial realities and major players in the IT market.

Brembo, RAI, Comau, Vimar, Octo Telematics, ENEL, UniCredit and many more.

Find out the full program and the speakers at www.WeChangeIT.it where you can also sign up for free

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