Today’s manufacturing companies are participating in a worldwide market that is no longer constrained by the boundaries of the past. Connected technologies and software have eroded these conventional boundaries and redefined how companies operate. By removing technological and process borders, manufacturers are now able to connect people across geographies, functions and disciplines in a far more seamless way.
More than a year on from the initial global lockdown, the shared experience has highlighted the benefit of digitalisation in connecting people and enabling continuity in physically challenging circumstances. It’s also shown that there’s no going back, as the new behaviours and attitudes around technology are sticking. Digital is now the default expectation.
The key question for industrial executives is how their company defines its own value chain and explores the range of possibilities that now exist in this new global context.
Breaking Down Barriers
Across industrial sectors, technology is superseding physical experience. From meetings and exhibitions through to training and maintenance work, in-person is now an option rather than a necessity. In virtual workplaces, manufacturers are more acutely aware of the limitations of people and are embedding technology to bridge the previously insurmountable distance factors, enabling outcomes to be reached without normal frictions.