Emerson announced a Digital Transformation Roadmap with consulting and implementation services to help companies develop and execute a tailored digital transformation plan to reach top-quartile performance.

The manufacturing industry is focused on digital transformation, which provides leverage for new technologies to boost operational performance, however there is no consensus on how to get there or what success looks like.

With no industry standard, it is hard for companies to know whether they are on the right track or when they have arrived. Operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) leaders are often siloed, not collaborating toward one central mission to achieve digital transformation.

Emmerson Automation Solutions executive president Lal Karsanbhai said: “Our customers have different starting points and levels of maturity when it comes to evaluating and implementing digital transformation strategies.

“Emerson’s proven digital transformation approach provides the ultimate flexibility while pinpointing the optimum path for each customer based on their objectives, readiness and overall digital maturity.”

Emerson Survey: eight out of ten Industry Leaders Lack Digital Transformation Roadmap

 In an Emerson study of industry leaders responsible for digital transformation initiatives, only 20% of respondents said that they had a vision or a clear and actionable roadmap for digital transformation. Additionally, 90% stated that having a clear roadmap was important, very important or extremely important.

Absence of a practical roadmap was also cited as the number one barrier for digital transformation projects, with cultural adoption and business values rounding out the top three barriers to progress. While all respondents were actively conducting pilot projects, only 21% had moved beyond that stage into new operating standards.

Leveraging customer engagements with successful digital transformation programmes, Emerson defined a structured yet flexible approach to help customers focus on priority areas with a practical roadmap tailored to their business needs and readiness. The goal is to help companies use technology to reach top-quartile performance, measured by optimised production, improved reliability, enhanced safety and minimised energy usage.

“There is a clear global urgency among executives to harness innovation to improve performance, but many companies feel stalled for lack of a clear path,” Karsanbhai added. “Customers who engage with our operational certainty consultants quickly gain clarity on their best bets for digital transformation and a realistic implementation plan to accelerate time to results.”

Digital Roadmap Combines Technology with Industry Expertise

Emerson’s Digital Transformation Roadmap has two focus areas: business drivers and business enablers.

Business drivers look at capabilities and performance relative to industry benchmarks in key areas. These key areas are production management, reliability and maintenance, safety and security, and energy and emissions.

The business enablers focus on capabilities in organisational effectiveness and systems and data integration.

For each focus area Emerson has identified detailed criteria to measure customer performance along the digital journey, ranging from conventional to best-in-class, up to the highest level: digitally autonomous operations.

Companies can start the digital transformation journey from any location, whether they are addressing key issues in a small facility such as pump health or personnel safety mustering, exploring company-wide programmes across an entire business driver such as reliability of critical assets, or driving enterprise-wide adoption of cloud-based technologies and analytics for overall business transformation.

Emerson’s Operational Certainty Consulting Group provides a host of services, from Digital Transformation Jumpstart workshops, to deep-dive change management, to deployment and adoption of new digitally enabled toolsets.

Customers partner with Emerson not only for its consulting expertise, but also to implement its Plantweb digital ecosystem, which offers a robust software, data analytics, and product technology and services portfolio to solve real-world problems while improving plant performance.

Emerson’s proven capability is bolstered by a global implementation team that includes more than 80 solutions architects and analytics integration engineers, backed by a project and service engineering workforce that exceeds 8,400. Important foundations for digital transformation have been established with producers around the world. For example, Emerson has collaborated with customers to deploy more than 37,000 wireless network installations and over 175 integrated reliability platforms and applications.

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