PERSPECTIVE seamless integration of complementary innovations like modular builds and prefabricated parts, as well as smarter scheduling and delivery options.
Implementation and optimization
Construction decision-makers looking to implement a digital transformation should start by familiarizing themselves with the key ingredients for digital transformation success:
Chart a course
Begin with a detailed discovery process, building out a transformation vision based on your organizational priorities and capabilities. That vision should lead to a digital roadmap, with an incremental scale-up process that minimizes complexity as each new piece of the tech puzzle is put in place.
Information is power
It’s a universal truth that your output is only as good as your input. This is perhaps even more important to remember with Industry 4.0 solutions, which are entirely dependent on the adopter’s ability to gather and manage critical data. Before you roll out new tools to manage and leverage that data, take the time to identify and prioritize the key metrics that define success for your company.
The long and the short of it
The pace of new tech development is rapid, making long-term planning obsolete very quickly. Companies looking to move forward with a digital transformation should ditch the 5-year plan and should focus more on being strategic than specific. Replace planning with vision, taking on an approach perhaps best characterized as “see long, but act short.”
Personal > Digital
One of the surprising facts about digital transformations is that they are less about the digital, and more about the personal.
For construction professionals, understanding the technologies driving those transformations—and how that tech can be used to avoid or minimize supply chain disruptions—is increasingly important. In other words: the people using the tech are arguably more important than the tech itself. Construction decision-makers and logistics professionals should think carefully about their operational details, and about how their teams engage with the tools and information available to them. The goal is to realize the full human potential of new solutions.
Take your time
While pandemic turbulence highlights the need for more digital transformations, it’s still a mistake to rush into your own transformation. Partnering with a proven
digital transformation expert can save you time and money by avoiding costly missteps and making sure that any Industry 4.0 investments are thoughtful, impactful and sustainable. At a time when the global supply chain is more fragile and less predictable than ever, you literally cannot afford to throw good money after bad. Successfully executing a strategic digital transformation now will not only position your company to thrive and adapt to the challenges of the emerging post-pandemic market, but will also set you up for sustained success in the face of future disruptions. CCR
Leonardo Vieira is a Digital Industry Director with Stefanini, a $1 billion global technology company specializing in digital solutions. The company has locations in 41 countries across the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia. Vieira facilitates partnerships with clients to boost operational efficiency, improve industrial processes and implrement high-end technology. He is highly involved in the conceptualization, design and deployment of new Industry 4.0 concepts.
COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — ISSUE 9, 2021