Nowadays company digitalization is a must, particularly in companies where technology is their soul. ELBA Group, composed of ELBA, FAE and FIBORSIN, has always been a pioneer in this field, by offering remote assistance services for its products, with immediate advantages in terms of cost reduction and intervention times for its customers.
The offer for this kind of service is possible first of all thanks to an adequate connective infrastructure: for example FAE uses a 10/10 MB fibre network.
What is company digitalization?
The expression “company digitalization”, as its counterpart “digital transformation”, is often used interchangeably. Both of them define a wide series of digital tecnhologies that are essential to ensure the functioning of companies and markets. Digitalization does not only entail the adoption of new instruments and strategies (and therefore data transfer to digital media) but it also requires a company cultural approach inclined to change. In fact, it is about transforming interactions, communications, company functions and business models into digital models. These models often preserve a digital and phisical mix, by using different channels (omnichannel).
Who needs digitalization and what is it for?
Digitalization is necessary for all the companies that want to improve their current operations and that look for instuments that allow them to solve some problems and optimize processes.
Digitalization means semplifying and saving money by using technology, it means leaving the traditional instruments (analog) and streamlining workflows, activities and procedures.
For a company, digitalization means investing in a strategic advantage that, especially in times of reduced mobility, will make the difference, compared with competitors.
It means being able to guarantee remote services and considerably reducing the costs per capita, it means ensuring business continuity and having the possibility to rely on an adequate computer system that can permit flexibility and agile working worldwide.
The current COVID-19 emergency has brought to life some critical aspects of our markets and ways of doing business, that are still tied to physical movements of people and goods.
But we already have all the necessary instruments that will allow us to face this situation.
Probably, a condition of reduced/controlled mobility will be the scenario in which we will move in the months after the emergency, too.
Once the commerce is opened, the companies ready to use remote business will be the ones able to survive and react: smart working to fully continue working for the company, conference call and even online testing (video) for the external business. This is digitalization, too.
How to carry out digitalization in the companies
Flows and procedures, data collection and analysis to optimize production and cost management.
In digitalized companies, the whole documentary workflow is entrusted to the automatism of software platforms, without the need for manual entry and long researches.
Data are collected and transmitted in real time among digital systems, by avoiding errors and by allowing complicated and previsional analysis, by reducing operators' intervention times and by enabling predictive maintenance, with a considerable and immediate cost reduction (man and machine).
Use of MRP to programm the production
The most important and obvious advantage of digitalization is the increase in production efficiency that becomes programmable and projectable, even with agile instruments such as MRP (Material Requirements Planning). These management systems allow calculating the net requirements of the materials and enable planning production and purchase orders, thus managing the warehouse storage, too.
MyPlan Microsoft: the new scheduling and planning system of the production
My plan is a software to plan, schedule and optimize the production promoted by ELBA Group. Thanks to data analysis and evaluation, it simulates the effect of the possible decisions, by recommending the most efficient ones.
Thanks to the implementation and the survey of the activity's status by means of barcode, the system allows the productive planning for each department and the survey of the real progresses by means of the self-declaration of the individual employees, thus obtaining a better time management and a profitable cost optimization.
Safety and global communication with CRM Dynamics 365
CRM Dynamics 365, thanks to the use of cloud technology, allows managing the relationships with customers worldwide, in a safe way.
Antivirus, antispam and constant internal network controls, with the aim of safeguarding customers and suppliers' data, are a part of digital security systems; it is a very current and important topic, especially following the new privacy policies.
How to digitalize a company: education, listening and test
Digitalization processes should be gradually introduced and adjusted on company's specifical needs, requirements and business objectives, but there is a constant: technological education supported by the supplying of correct instruments.
In fact, it is always necessary to provide the team in charge with the instruments that allow them to work well in the digitalized context. Supporting the operators with the correct education not only ensures the complete understanding of new instruments and their potentialities, but also a fluid and positive change of mentality, from analog to digital, thus putting data at the center.
Educational and technological support for people goes hand in hand with the stages of testing concerning implementation of processes that are useful for management, in order to verify the correct progress of digitalization and they are also indispensable for the operators, so that they can realize how much their job has grown (qualitatively and quantitatively).