If we took one thing away from our time at Hannover Messe this year, it’s that disruption is the new normal for manufacturers in today’s Industry 4.0 era. With this disruption, comes new opportunities for companies to engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations, and transform products. Businesses must change to survive to capitalize on these strategies. This means developing new capabilities by transforming into digital companies that leverage every system, device, process and asset across the organization in order to draw better insight out of data and convert it to intelligent action.
Findings from a recent McKinsey & Co. Digital Manufacturing Global Expert Survey say that there are many challenges that companies continue to face as they look to transform—from lack of a clear vision and strategy, to lack of knowledge about relevant technology partners, to difficulty in managing and attracting digital talent.1
To enable the kind of rapid transformation that is needed in the industry today, McKinsey & Company and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, just launched a new North American Digital Capability Center (DCC) in Chicago. This new facility offers workshops, digital showcases, immersive experiences, and end-to-end training on digital capabilities to help manufacturers plan their own transformation and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.