Why a Holistic Approach is the Best Way to Achieve Manufacturing Transformation

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When it comes to achieving transformation, there is more than one way to achieve this goal. You can do things piecemeal, focusing on a single system at a time. Or, you could take a holistic approach. Which is better?
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We believe the holistic approach is better because it is best-suited to the way today’s technology works. Read on to learn why the holistic approach can lead you to the success you want.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Understand It to Achieve Manufacturing Transformation

Humans have gone through three industrial revolutions. Currently, we’re in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (also known as Industry 4.0), a cyber-physical transformation of manufacturing. The ultimate goal of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is to make full use of digital manufacturing and employ smart manufacturing.

Why is Industry 4.0 different than the previous industrial revolutions? They were each marked by a single technological innovation – the original Industrial Revolution was powered by the steam engine, while the Second Industrial Revolution relied upon electricity to bring about changes. The Third Industrial Revolution was powered by computers. Industry 4.0, on the other hand, has been marked by several technological innovations.

Another characteristic of Industry 4.0 is that systems and technologies are highly interconnected and interdependent. If you make a change with one system, it will affect every other system and technology, too.

Why You Need a Holistic Approach to Achieve Manufacturing Transformation

Unlike previous industrial revolutions, making changes to a single system or technology simply will not cut it in order to achieve transformation. Rather, you need to take a holistic approach to accomplish meaningful change.

With all of those interconnected, interdependent systems and technologies, transformation can actually spiral out of control and completely overwhelm your organization. How can you tame the transformation? The answer is the holistic approach.

The holistic approach has a mechanism to capture and align the impact between several initiatives, unlike the traditional approach, which only has interoperability and dependencies between initiatives. What differentiates the holistic approach from the traditional approach is that it can simplify and visualize the complexity and dynamics of Industry 4.0.

What Happens When You Don’t Take a Holistic Approach to Manufacturing Transformation?

What if you ignore the advice contained in this blog post and don’t take a holistic approach to manufacturing transformation? You’ll get stuck in what McKinsey analysts dub as “pilot purgatory.”

Pilot purgatory, as the name implies, means that you can never get out of the pilot stage of your digital transformation initiatives. You’re not seeing value or results, and you’re wasting time and money.

Adopting a holistic approach saves you from pilot purgatory. It gives your project a sound structure as well as a roadmap. You know what steps you need to take and what needs to happen to achieve success. Moreover, you know that no system will be left out, creating a void that leads to failure.

The holistic approach enables you to achieve manufacturing transformation, leading to success and a competitive advantage.

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