From Blueprint to Reality: Transforming in the New World

Jun 19, 2024
Customer Experience | 5 min READ
The manufacturing industry has always had a bidirectional relationship with technology. Not only has it served as the driver of digital progress, but it has also been transformed by the very technologies that it has given birth to.
Rajan Kashyap
Rajan Kashyap

Head of Digital Solutions



Dhananjay Jog
Dhananjay Jog

Sr. Sales Director

At Hannover Messe this year, this dynamic relationship between technology and manufacturing surfaced in a new light, as the industry is collectively moving towards a net-zero paradigm amidst geopolitical, economic, and operational challenges.
Hannover Messe has served as a critical platform for industrial advancement year after year. This year was no different, as participants from across the globe showcased key technological solutions that are helping manufacturers compete and perform effectively while keeping their sustainability commitments.
Birlasoft is proud to have made its contribution to this wave of industrial advancement by showcasing key solutions that are critical to transforming the manufacturing sector, in the new world order, that characterizes today. Take a look at the key themes we observed this year, and how our vision of industrial transformation is helping manufacturers thrive in the dynamic scenario.
Manufacturing 2024: Changing Rules of the Game
The manufacturing industry has been undergoing some steady change over the last year. Geopolitical factors are causing a spectrum of supply chain disruptions, critical material shortages, and supply-demand volatility. Transparency and visibility across the entire scope of operations have therefore become a coping mechanism for dealing with the uncertainty introduced by the above factors.
Moreover, quality control while producing items at low costs is becoming crucial to compete in a customer-focused competitive market. Amidst these trends, there is an increased regulatory push towards carbon-neutral production.
All of these factors have led to competing strategic priorities in the board agenda. While the technological levers for realizing these outcomes are now available to manufacturers, executives no longer have the headroom for making errors. This means that each transformation should be executed with precision, realizing the intended objectives of the initiative without fail.
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This dynamic was also observed across our interactions at Hannover Messe this year.
From Blueprint to Reality: Navigating Transformation Successfully
While industrial transformation is being shaped by technologies such as IoT, Industrial 5G networks, digital twins, generative AI, and connected products, these technologies must be applied to address the strategic needs of the organization. We have been monitoring these technologies closely, building accelerators and IP that help manufacturers fast-track their way to the business benefits that can be achieved with their adoption.
The above factors were the cornerstones of our presence at Hannover Messe this year, where we presented the four key levers that are essential for every manufacturing business to transform successfully in their new world order. Based on our work with manufacturing clients across the globe, we have realized an acute need to bridge the gap between strategic planning, or the blueprint informing transformations, and its execution, which determines the reality or the results of the initiative.
In line with this vision, Birlasoft presented its solution offerings and expertise across the following four transformative priorities that manufacturers are pursuing today, and cannot do without.
Connected enterprise
The connected enterprise unifies all levels of operations by integrating systems and data across the organization. In the connected enterprise, information flows seamlessly from business management to the shop floor, setting the foundations for precise execution.
This integration also brings transparency across the enterprise, making every crucial detail visible to the decision-makers. This includes waste, carbon emissions, material footprint, and process inefficiencies, all of which present opportunities for advancing sustainability outcomes.
In other words, the connected enterprise builds a synergy between divergent strategic objectives such as cost efficiency, sustainability, and process improvements. This enables businesses to tap into the advantages of a unified and efficient ecosystem.
Smart manufacturing
Smart manufacturing brings adaptability and responsiveness that is crucial to thrive amidst uncertainty and volatility. It leverages technologies such as IoT, robotics, and AI and ML to automate the shop floor and build remote visibility and control for production processes.
Smart manufacturing employs Industrial IoT networks which are orchestrated by applications and controls deployed on the edge, and fast 5G networks. These systems serve the crucial function of reducing downtime, optimizing operations, and maximizing resource utilization.
Smart manufacturing helps manufacturers prevent overproduction or out-of-stock scenarios, eliminating these inventory issues at the level of production. Moreover, smart manufacturing maximizes asset lifespan and health span and prevents the wastage of both human and material resources.
Resilient core
At the core of the manufacturing enterprise are mission-critical systems like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). These systems drive critical processes across the entire span of operations from supply chain management to customer service.
Bolstering the functional capabilities of these core systems and building process continuity across functions drives synergetic outcomes. Transforming these core systems can breathe fresh life into the manufacturing organization. A resilient core makes it easier to comply with market regulations, optimize the product life cycle, and build and deliver customer-centric products – all of which are crucial to compete successfully in today’s markets.
Adaptive infrastructure
In a manufacturing landscape where change is constant, the digital enterprise must be based on a flexible infrastructure. In other words, manufacturers need bidirectional scalability of the underlying IT infrastructure.
This is exactly what cloud computing and SaaS solutions offer to manufacturing organizations. Moreover, this flexibility is extending to edge computing solutions, bringing flexibility across the entire technology stack.
Adaptive infrastructure eliminates resource wastage and keeps manufacturers running on the latest technology capabilities. This makes it easier to exploit advanced solutions like digital twins and advanced analytics use cases to raise the competitiveness of manufacturing operations.
What’s Next?
As the manufacturing industry grapples with the challenges of the new world, Birlasoft is committed to helping manufacturers utilize technological levers that turn these challenges into opportunities. To make that happen, transformations must address the critical gap underpinning strategic vision and execution.
By guiding transformative efforts along the four key pillars, Birlasoft ensures that manufacturers realize the intended efforts of their transformation with assured success. Our teams excel at guiding transformation outcomes toward business objectives by setting clear KPIs, soliciting stakeholder feedback, and applying iterative strategies. This ensures constant alignment between strategy and execution, enabling manufacturers to transform successfully in the new world order.
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