Manufacturing and Process Industry
Added value and flexibility through digital technologies
Industry 4.0 raises production into a new era: machines communicate directly with each other, inform each other about changes in the production process and order scarce material independently. Condition-based monitoring and control of machines and plants presents major challenges, for example in network availability, the management of data security and the interaction of production systems in real time.
At the same time, the classic challenges remain topical: Due to global competition, the manufacturing and process industries are under constant cost pressure. The industries are characterised by a greater variety of variants and declining brand loyalty: Customers expect more and more equipment for the same price. In order to stand out from the emerging competitors from China, India and the Eastern European countries, innovative products, flexibility in order processing and value-oriented customer management are the key to success in addition to efficient structures and processes.
Companies in the aerospace and electrical industries also face a multitude of challenges, which are often associated with the reduction of vertical integration and the goal of a flexible range of services. Digital technologies and process innovations are important drivers here.
As a leading technology and management consultancy, we plan the digital strategy of production, the conception of a smart factory or a digital twin together with our customers. In addition, we are in a position to accompany the organisational and technical implementation and to take on tasks in transformation management. Based on a situation analysis, these include the realignment of the IT infrastructure or the transformation of applications to a uniform IT standard.
Agile Hardware Development
A risk management method
The triumph of agile development in the software sector has recently also reached hardware development. Especially in the large companies of the automotive industry, the number of users of agile methods such as SCRUM or Kanban is increasing, leading to significant changes in the corporate culture there. A stronger orientation towards agile methods makes sense especially when the pressure to change is high due to competition and rapidly changing customer requirements.
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Smooth Carve Out of IT-Infrastructure in the Process Industry
It‘s a prime example of business dynamics in the chemicals sector: A chemical company originally formed as a joint venture was to be continued as a wholly owned subsidiary of one of the two partners.
But the joint venture relied entirely on the selling partner‘s IT resources for its business process support. Therefore the IT carve-out project had to focus on supporting the separation of IT infrastructures, applications, and data migration.
As a consultant, Detecon - in cooperation with the infrastructure experts at T-Systems - was to ensure a smooth handover and maintenance of the business processes for the customer. A complex challenge: The transition had to be designed without any downtime for the business departments on both sides - and this had to be done within a tight time frame and in a flexible environment.
- Solution-oriented consulting and implementation by Detecon and T-Systems
- Combined management consulting and technical expertise
- Support for the line organization during the carve-out
- This included experts for servers & storage, networks, the workplace, and operational application issues
- Extensive expertise for the planning and implementation phase
- Smooth transition – uninterrupted working for relevant departments
- Flexible problem identification and resolution through the use of experts on demand