The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has recently published a white paper on Digital Transformation in Industry, setting out how the IIC will evolve from focusing on Industrial IoT to take account of new emerging technologies that enable wider digital transformation. The key point is that the IIC will focus on ‘Digital Transformation in Industry [which] leverages connected things to transform processes and operations to produce better outcomes’. Effectively this is a natural evolution from to IIC’s established Industrial IoT focus to encompass other new and emerging technologies that are associated with Industrial IoT, rather than a wholesale repositioning.
The white paper was authored by IIC members including from Transforma Insights, PWC, Korea Industry 4.0, and IGNPower. It opens with a discussion of what digital transformation is (‘a caterpillar to butterfly transformation’), the driving forces behind digital transformation, the better outcomes associated with digital transformation and associated enabling (and restricting) business, technology, and trustworthiness considerations.
The main section of the paper discusses a range of new and emerging technologies that enable digital transformation, providing details of key usage scenarios and links to relevant IIC publications, and also highlighting ‘opportunities for the IIC’ to help catalyse market adoption of these new technologies. The list of enabling technologies is very similar to the list of technologies that Transforma Insights focusses on.
Lastly, the paper highlights that digital transformation is a type of disruption. It will unlock new possibilities in business models, value propositions and operational efficiency. Competitive dynamics will ensure that entire industries must transform to become a market leader or keep pace with market leaders, or face loss of market share.
As ever, this kind of disruption is not risk-free. The key is to minimize the attendant risks, and the IIC has recommended a six-step approach for end users seeking to pursue digitally transformative opportunities. The six-step approach is as follows, and illustrated in the diagram below: