Companies and countries today are striving to achieve a prosperous future and sustainable operations through initiatives, such as autonomous operations, reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, resource conservation, and the safe production of quality products.
More than ever, market forces and new technologies are bringing unprecedented opportunities to the business environment. Capturing these opportunities depend on the capacity to transform operations and align the people, process, and technology aspects of an organization.
While digital transformation (DX) means different things to different people, it has become a mantra for enterprises looking to earn relevance and establish themselves as leaders in the digital economy. Digital transformation is a concept that Erik Stolterman, a professor at Umeå University in Sweden, first came up with in 2004. In simple terms, "penetration of IT improves people's welfare on all fronts".
According to Yokogawa, digital transformation is the novel use of digital technology to accelerate a company’s business strategy. It is about the application of digital technologies and power of information on people, process & systems of the organization to radically reorient its business performance. With DX, technology is evaluated as an integrated set in combination with the business strategy, people, processes, data, and assets. DX is often viewed as a program with prioritized digital initiatives oriented around business processes.
The pace of digital transformation has drastically accelerated in recent years, and this has the potential to significantly change how companies do business. Per a report from International Data Corporation (IDC), a provider of business intelligence, “Worldwide, digital transformation could be worth $18 trillion in additional business value.”
In manufacturing industries, major potential benefits of digital transformation are increased profitability, reduced costs and higher productivity. According to research conducted by McKinsey & Co., the estimated effects are as follows:
|Sized Applications||Annually Low Estimate
|Annually High Estimate
|Potential Value Gain|
|Operations Optimization||633||1766||5-12% cost reduction|
|Predictive Maintenance||240||627||10-40% cost savings|
|Health and Safety||65||226||10-25% savings|
|Human Productivity||69||160||10% productivity improvement
3-5% productivity gain
Potential Economic Impact Per Year in 2025 （Reference: McKinsey & Co.）
Digital transformation can thus bring great benefits to any organization.
There is no one single application or technology that enables digital transformation. Digital Transformation is about reorienting your business strategy through the judicious application of digital technologies in all operational areas. It can be realized by integrating a wide variety of applications and technologies in line with a company’s aims. We offer an optimal portfolio of solutions and services to meet our customers’ needs.
IIoT is one of key technologies in digital transformation. For more information about Yokogawa’s IIoT solutions for the industrial automation, please click here.
The value of digital transformation in process manufacturing is realized as smart manufacturing, intelligent decision making, and operational excellence. By combining an understanding of our customers’ businesses, automation, and operational technologies, cultivated over decades, with the latest digital technologies, Yokogawa supports your DX journey toward sustainable, smart, and autonomous operations.
A digital twin is the key to effective decision making, providing deeper analytics technology and strategies to maximize profitability.
Yokogawa has a long history of co-innovation in process control and safety. Combined with recent strategic know-how and IP-rich acquisitions, the company can now apply its deep domain expertise to create a differentiated offering in the industrial automation space. From analog or manual data being digitized to the complete digitalization and improvement of work process, with recently-acquired KBC, Yokogawa is helping industrial organizations transform their businesses to help meet both current and future challenges.
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