One size operational digital transformation does not fit all

Posted by Amy Thibault on Jun 9, 2021 12:15:00 PM

While the benefits of digitally transforming your operations are well known—improved assets, reduced overhead, better data flow and greater safety—deciding whether or not, and how to get started can be daunting, to say the least. To jump from totally manual operations to a digital transformation journey could indeed be over the top, especially for a small to medium-sized company that often have people wearing many hats and already a plate that is overflowing with responsibilities, and extreme stress.

Your digital transformation journey, is just that; it's your journey! You can take that trip any way, on any time-frame and budget that makes sense to your operations. It can be made in baby steps, or giant leaps and bounds. You can take it a bit at a time and at your own pace, or if you're ready to put the pedal to the metal we can handle that too. But, we know every operations is at a different step on their journey, and what might feel right-sized to one operations may feel like wearing your pants on backwards to others.

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Creating a digital workforce for your operations

Posted by Najat Khalil on May 25, 2021 2:00:00 PM

The next wave of technological advancements is emerging. New technologies are expected to reduce the number of workers required to perform specific tasks while increasing demand for other skills.

 

A digital workforce is a workforce with personnel focused on high-value tasks and empowered with actionable data from digital technologies and services that lead to improved decision-making in daily operations. Similarly, a digital worker is considered an individual that applies actionable data from digital technologies and services to make improved decisions, automate manual functions, increase productivity, or convert information into revenue. 

 

More talent will be retiring in the next couple of years, making it more crucial than ever for you to strategize your workforce by upskilling your people to continue running operations effectively.

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Leveraging IIoT cloud software and technology

Posted by Najat Khalil on May 20, 2021 1:45:00 PM

There's a new sense of confidence that companies can remain operational with improved efficiencies by employing digital tools, reducing costs, and acquiring the best assets. For a long time, companies kept operations going during challenging times by decreasing LOE’s, deferring maintenance expenses, divesting properties with higher costs, cutting production, laying off personnel. Instead of relying on these traditional methods, companies should instead focus on creating digital operations by installing IIoT software.

 

More Customers are using Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and strategizing their digital journey to improve work processes, improve production, and begin the path to operational excellence.

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Operational data security lane

Posted by Amy Thibault on May 13, 2021 12:45:00 PM

Have you ever tried to give someone advice about something that was way outside of your expertise? I have made that error many, many times. When I make the error of an unsolicited suggestion on something (usually to my friends on subjects like fashion, hair styles or anything related), I'm occasionally told to "stay in my lane." It quickly sets things into perspective for me, and I retreat, with a smile, knowing they're totally right; I'm way, way, way out of my lane offering advice about a topic I clearly do not fully understand or have taken the time into learning enough about.

They're totally right, I should stay in my own lane.

When it comes to data security, you're busy, and we completely understand that making sure your operational data is secure may not be always top of mind to you, or your highest priority at all times. After all, the last thing most people have time for is to worry about the security of operational data, because well, they're already very busy making sure a million other operational decisions are made really well, promises kept, employees remain productive, all the while with goals and targets continuously being achieved, or even better; exceeded.

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Solid return on operational tech investing

Posted by Amy Thibault on May 4, 2021 12:30:00 PM

To ecstatic employees everywhere, more and more companies are moving from dreaded, time wasting daily site trips, stacks of paper records and mind-numbing manual processes to technology to provide answers that are supported by factual data, automating tasks that are driven by analytics, data trends and in some cases even autonomous actions.

Downturns, and all the crazy in our world today have made it clear that the “change or die” mantra is far too real.

You probably already knew this—but you may be hesitant to act. That's totally understandable since there are several questions about transition, affordability, training, the return on investment and so many others. Then there's the sustainability questions that come into play. Tech changes really fast these days and everyone is searching for the next best thing. While tech continues to quickly develop some people decide they should wait it out until the next hottest and newest change is available.

You may ask yourself; where exactly do you get the best possible return on investment when it comes to industrial tech that will help support your operations profitability and sustainability at the same time without it being out of date in just a few months only to have to start all over again?

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Customize your cloud strategy

Posted by John Perrin on Apr 30, 2021 12:30:00 PM

You’ve probably already decided that digitally transforming your operations is necessary as you face a shrinking workforce and tighter budget dollars. The productivity advantages of a full cloud software strategy implementation are many and well documented.

Like cars, snowflakes and superheroes, no two cloud computing service providers are exactly alike, nor are their customers. So, when picking a cloud software provider, it’s important to know if they can adapt or customize their system to exactly what you need (or don't need), or if you’re supposed to bend your procedures to someone’s limited, out-of-the-box configuration.

Here are some questions to ask before you decide:

  1. Can the vendor’s system easily fit with the hardware you may already have?
  2. Can the new system seamlessly integrate your historical data with the new input they’ll gather?
  3. Are Project Managers available to handle all the details?
  4. Will the vendor provide the reports you need, by format, frequency, user authorization and department needs?
  5. Do they provide ongoing support?
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Digital transformation prescription

Posted by Evan Jubb on Mar 11, 2021 12:30:00 PM

A key factor in any business’s ability to persevere during challenging times is to stay relevant and adapt to their evolving environment. There’s a consensus across all industries today that accurate data collection and application of this data is necessary to improve business operations.

Even though there may be opposing headwinds across various markets, businesses that focus on what they can control will be better positioned to manage and subsequently benefit when the winds change. The consequences for all industrial business sectors (primary or secondary) could be irreversible if they do not recognize and embrace the age of digital transformation.

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Remote tanks with monitoring for digital transformation

Posted by Najat Khalil on Mar 9, 2021 11:45:00 AM

When we decide to integrate new features into our Cloud SCADA platform, we carefully analyze how features will benefit you in improving your operations.

Recently we had a customer looking for a cloud-based platform that could accurately monitor their tanks' inventory levels and their own customers inventory levels, which they are responsible for keeping full.

Building on their strategy to transform their business digitally meant understanding their business needs today to prepare for tomorrow. Our customer required accessible tank data to reduce site visits, increase safety, uptime, and profitability.

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Roadmap your digital transformation

Posted by Abdul Kurr on Mar 4, 2021 12:15:00 PM

Leverage the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), new technologies like our cloud-based platform with software as a service, automation, and our experts to expand, plan or prepare for your operations to be more productive, more profitable and more sustainable through digital intelligence that will enhance your workforce are successfully enabled to augment workflows and processes to create new efficiencies and competencies that bring several positive cultural and behavioral changes to your organization.

We continuously engage with our customers to drive seamless updates that provide the highest return, a secure 'evergreen' platform and widespread adoption in the integration of equipment and systems that leverage IIoT to enhance operational performance and drive profitable results. Emerson's Zedi Cloud SCADA Solutions accomplishes this by helping and guiding customers through the process known as "Digital Transformation."

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Increased safety and return for remote water management

Posted by Najat Khalil on Feb 18, 2021 12:30:00 PM

The water management industry is an asset concentrated, rate-restricted industry requiring informed decision-making to effectively  balance increased safety with capital investment and operational expenses. Capital resources for the water industries can make it difficult to meet on-going challenges like aging infrastructure, declining revenues, retiring experienced workers, and regulations.

One way water companies can face these challenges is to find effective ways to utilize their current assets to increase return on investment and increase safety. Digitally transforming operations will rely on better use of existing data coupled with new sensors, information integration, and data analytics.

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