Siemens discusses the creation of a digital company



The backdrop

Siemens participated as a global sponsor in the ARC India Driving Digital Transformation in Industry and Cities virtual forum on September 8-9, 2020. The current pandemic has changed the way events are organized around the world. The physical has given way to the virtual; and for the very first time, the ARC India Forum was held virtually. As with all the firsts, there were mixed feelings of excitement and apprehension. However, when we saw the 300+ attendees listening intently to the informative presentations, we knew our virtual forum was the right platform for disseminating information, on a global scale. This two-day virtual forum allowed end users, solution providers and decision makers to learn from each other and gain an overview of the market and its requirements.

Build a self-sustaining digital business

Bireswar Roy, Head of Digital Business Services, Digital Industries, Siemens India, said that over the past six months, we have been through unprecedented challenges, both in our personal and professional lives. There has been a radical change in the way we communicate; previously there was direct contact with the audience, now we do presentations from isolated rooms. He spoke about digital transformation in today’s manufacturing scenario and the importance of making the right choices (understand, plan, implement). About 45% see the potential of industrial IoT, but don’t know where to start; 70% of all digital transformation projects fail to meet their targets; and billions are wasted on bad investments. The question to ask is whether the change is made with a particular intention, a goal, or just because it’s a trend? The fundamentals are still the same, he said. Digital transformation in today’s manufacturing scenario is about combining digital intent (efficiency, growth, improved quality and shorter time to market) with digital capabilities (technology and infrastructure, data and analytics, organization and actions) .

Digital enterprise value chain and digital twins

In addition, he spoke about the digital business value chain and how the digital twin merges the real and virtual worlds. The digital twin makes it possible to simulate, test and validate in a virtual environment, then to deploy in the workshop or in a production environment. Siemens has a distinct vision of what constitutes a complete digital twin, which is an accurate virtual representation of a product or physical process used throughout its lifecycle to simulate, predict and optimize the product and the system. of production. A digital twin is made up of multiple representations or models for different aspects of physical behavior and an evolving object that must be managed throughout the lifecycle. Finally, a closed-loop digital twin provides two-way connectivity between the physical asset and the virtual model.

He explained the layers of interconnected factory automation architecture and digital transformation modules. The backbone of this digital transformation journey includes IT infrastructure, networking, cybersecurity, sensors, asset integration and vertical integration.

Cultivate a digital mindset

Digital transformation involves more than just the implementation of new technologies. Cultural, labor and organizational issues also come into play and need to be addressed effectively. To derive real added value from digital transformation, it is also important to have a plan to go beyond proof of concept and pilot stages to be able to scale and deploy successful pilots throughout the company. . The successful digital transformation of an organization “requires having a digital mindset focused on agility and the culture of ownership,” he added. There has to be a cultural shift that permeates the entire organization through retraining and upgrading skills, while encouraging and rewarding the adoption of technology. Mr. Roy concluded his presentation by showing a roadmap of the digital transformation journey, the key stages of which are:

  • Identify the drivers of digitization
  • Digital maturity assessment
  • Definition of the scenario and solutions map
  • Digital business achievement

In addition, he spoke about the milestones of digital transformation and the services provided by Siemens.


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