Planning methods for digital transformation

© Universität Stuttgart IFF / Fraunhofer IPA, Photo: Rainer Bez
Planning and implementing Industry 4.0 is often no easy matter. This makes it all the more important to take a systematic approach to digital transformation - Fraunhofer IPA can help.

Manufacturing companies are often faced with major challenges when it comes to implementing digital transformation and planning the necessary steps. Which digitization projects should be started first? How should these projects be set up? How can digitization projects be designed and carried through efficiently? Who has the necessary expertise and overview of available digitalization technologies and methods?

We show you various approaches and methods that have already helped lots of companies get started with implementing their digital transformation in a systematic and structured way. In doing so, we draw on our experience from numerous projects that we have worked on with companies of all sizes, enabling us to identify use cases that are particularly suitable for digitization.

The methods used include Industrie 4.0 roadmapping, gap analysis and maturity assessments, which we have developed or extended ourselves. The focus is always on the expected benefit for the company as well as on the efficient and sustained implementation of the jointly developed solutions.

A methodically proven digital transformation plan for your company gives you the following advantages:

  • During the digitization process, you concentrate on the topics that have the potential to offer added value after implementation
  • The problem-driven approach enables you to see noticeable improvements immediately after implementation - this is not necessarily the case with a technology-driven approach
  • Systematic planning ensures that your approach remains transparent and builds on experience gained from a large number of previous projects, thus guaranteeing efficient and sustainable implementation

Industrie 4.0 Roadmapping

  • Guidance and support in systematically identifying suitable use cases in your company
  • The use cases identified are assessed in terms of individual company criteria and technical feasibility
  • Use cases are prioritized and a clear implementation roadmap is drawn up

Gap Analysis

  • Improvement potential developed at process interfaces
  • Deficits at handover points are identified by questioning parties at the process interfaces in a targeted and standardized manner
  • Use cases are derived from these deficits as a basis for designing a solution

Maturity Assessment

  • Identifies cross-company improvement potential
  • Determines a company’s digital maturity level on the basis of a ready-made and tested catalog of criteria
  • Analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of a company in terms of digitization

Assess the digital maturity level of your company!

In our Online Assessment Center, we offer you two options for evaluating the level of your organization’s digital maturity in a quick and easy manner.

You can decide for yourself whether you want to make the maturity assessment on your own or whether you would prefer to do it with the aid of an expert from Fraunhofer IPA.

This might also interest you

Shaping the production work of the future

Digital Transformation