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3 obstacles to digital transformation for manufacturers

by Tom Lovell

“Sure,” you say. “Digital transformation sounds fantastic. I’d love to make my manufacturing organization that customer-centric. But here’s the thing…”

Industry challenges are a regular barricade in the path to the ideal future state. In fact, 53 percent of the industry in the United States had multifactor productivity declines during the recent slowdown period. 

If you want to have any shot at overcoming those obstacles, you first need to know what you’re up against and how it’s really impacting your business. Three common obstacles that slow down digital transformation for manufacturers are technical debt, data readiness, and organizational alignment. We’ll take a look at each one to better understand the challenge and its impact on manufacturer processes:

 

Technical debt

Over the last 30 years, manufacturing companies have invested in ERP solutions. The thinking was that ERP systems would solve all of their business problems. Unfortunately, that hasn’t proven true. ERP systems are product-focused—ordering it, producing it, shipping it, invoicing it. None of this involves…

 


 

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tom lovellTom is Industry Lead here at Simplus. For over 15 years, Tom has helped companies implement data and process-driven strategies to bridge the gap between business and IT. These strategies have improved patient outcomes, reduced financial risk, and improved operational efficiency in healthcare organizations while bringing to bear streamlined costs, reduced risk, and improved revenue at manufacturers. His passion is architecting and sharing practical solutions that deliver valuable results for customers.

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