Crossing the Chasm with Patrick Parker
Patrick Parker works for Rockwell and prior to that he worked with the US Navy. In the Navy he started as a technician and climbed all the way up. His experience is well rounded in that he touches base with everything. He has been involved in maintenance and reliability for 13 years. Right now he is focused on Industry 4.0 which is the connective enterprise. It is basically leveraging technology and the digital world to be able to connect to get more insight of your business or operation. You integrate it all together to better understand what is happening in your business so as to make better decisions.
His knowledge will help us get more insight into:
- Why are companies not realizing benefits?
- How does crossing the Chasm relate to Industry 4.0?
- How do Organizations Cross the Chasm?
- Is the technology applied in IOT?
- How do we know what Data we need to make this successfully?
… and so much more!
Why are companies not realizing benefits?
It comes down to several things.
Transformational touchdowns. This means that there are several things that will make this successful for instance technology, infrastructure, process, partners, talent and organizational culture.
How does crossing the Chasm relate to Industry 4.0?
There always tends to be a gap/chasm between the technology piece and reliability piece. It is not reliability as a whole but value realization. It comes from the different transformational touch downs. It’s easy to buy and implement the technology from a project standpoint but to actually engrain the other touchdowns is not easy. For instance having partners but they don’t see eye to eye. When it comes to talent and you have different platforms, incoming talent find it difficult to adapt. Effectiveness is hindered from the beginning. There is also the issue of the age gap. These different transformational touchdowns all help with the chasm itself.
As technology changes faster and faster, organizations need to adapt to it or else it will widen the chasm. There is need to manage a huge influx of data securely.
How do Organizations Cross the Chasm?
There are different digital elements that can be used to plan out infrastructure. As a business you must figure out what you want to achieve out of Industry 4.0. Do not do Industry 4.0 because everyone is doing it. You have to evaluate your business and find out what you are trying to achieve out of connecting everything within your enterprise and tailor it after that.
There are several digital elements
- The production asset
- Immigrating the assets to the production line
- IT, IOT network
- Data centers
- Manufacturing executing system
- AI machine learning
- The enterprise level
Is the technology applied in IOT?
The role of technology is that it is a key piece of it. This is because you have to talk about how you will manage your partners using the technology. The technology that you use is important because how it all comes together is important than the technology itself. Everything has to work consistently and collaboratively for the organization. This is where the efficiency out of it is going to come.
Technology itself is going to be an enabler where you are going to leverage information but how that technology comes together with partner networks is really the key piece in terms of making that technology successful.
How do we know what Data we need to make this successfully?
Do not throw technology at it. You will spend a lot of money and all for nothing. You have to get it right from the beginning.
Understand where the business can benefit from it by putting a strategy in place.
Companies try to implement everything at the same time but not every business can handle this. Choose to focus on an area and work it out. Have a plan for your pile up.
How do Organizations close the Skills Gap?
The digital elements mentioned are not in-depth as they should be hence the need for improvement. Companies need to get their technicians ready. For Industry 4.0, understand more network databases and how they work is essential.
What Role does Culture Play in Crossing the Chasm
Technology is an enabler. Culture is what will dictate the adoption of the technology so the better the organization’s culture in terms of being effective and meeting goals, the better the technology is absorbed. This will dictate how the technology is adopted into the organization and reaping the benefits.
What are the Warnings when Delving into Industry 4.0?
Companies should take a look at the touchdowns and assess their organization in terms of where the most improvement is needed. Figure out what you need to tackle first. Understand where you are weak at and see what you can leverage.
What makes the Biggest Difference when it comes to being Successful with Industry 4.0?
What is really important are the partner networks. Having partners that are going to work with you to make your strategy successful. You cannot just buy technology because the sales guy made a good pitch. You have to see how it will work. Work well with your partners and decide early on who they are going to be. Work with partners who will make you be successful long-term.
Understand what Industry 4.0 means to you because it means something different to every organization.
Patrick Parker Links:
- Patrick Parker LinkedIn
- Rockwell Automation
- Culture with Patrick Parker
- Remote Working with Patrick Parker
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