When Industrial organizations are considering a digital transformation effort it’s often tempting to begin by exploring the various ways that software can help you and start immediately with the digitalization effort. Unfortunately, jumping in this way very often leads to many significant challenges down the road. Like all complex processes, digital transformation must begin in a rather non-techy way. It needs to begin by getting your whole team aligned with the objectives and ready to start!
At GE, we have been helping organizations across the globe embrace new ways of digitizing their operations. Taking on a journey towards digitization requires cross-functional team collaboration, data from multiple sources, new ways of working (work processes) and many other specific tasks.
Taking on digital transformation of your work processes is an exciting opportunity, however that journey can sometimes feel overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Over the years, we’ve documented this journey and collected best practices on how the most effective teams start. Before a single bit of data is analyzed, each successful project starts the same way, with a structured planning process. The project of implementing a successful digital transformation can take multiple years and a lot of investment so it should be carefully prepared.
The Digital Transformation Journey should begin by assessing your current environment and aligning around business goals and priorities. At GE Digital we find that working with our customers in a 2 to 3-day workshop is the most effective way to define the right first step. In our workshops we work with you to create a detailed inventory of your ecosystem, identify and map desired outcomes, and prioritize those outcomes to align with business objectives that will drive the most business value for the organization.
In this post we explore the three most important, commonly overlooked questions we get related to conducting this type of current digital transformation assessment.
Who should be involved in your industrial digitization planning?
During the planning phase of your digitization effort, it’s important that representatives from across the operation participate. This helps prioritize work that will have the most impact, surfaces challenges that you might not have anticipated, and gets everyone working towards a shared goal. It builds a common vision for the journey.
The task force generally includes these roles with some of their possible objectives defined.