The Best Way to Approach Digital Transformation

Top 3 Digital Transformation Challenges Revealed During 8 Events and Thousands of Conversations With Connected Worker Pioneers

After attending eight different events in the last three weeks, we uncovered three surprising digital transformation challenges. Regardless of your industry, you and your team will encounter all of these at some point in your company’s evolution.

Before we address these challenges, here are the eight events that gave us a deeper understanding of digital transformation:

At these eight events, we demonstrated solutions ranging from IoT Visualization for Smart Buildings (IBCon) to technologies designed to shorten training time for the next generation of industrial workers (LiveWorx). And while the three digital transformation challenges we uncovered transcend any one use case, they don’t have to be obstacles. Instead, they present opportunities for growth.

Let’s trace these digital transformation challenges from brainstorm to business results.

How Do You Define Innovation?

What does innovation look like? How do you know it when you see, it, and how do you encourage it in your organization? While these eight events showcased thousands of ingenious products and solutions, you have to dig a little deeper to find the unifying theme.

The best innovations are personal. They address concrete problems everyone can relate to. Revolutionary technologies grab headlines, but most digital transformation challenges actually sound like this:

  • “They asked me to use a checklist for technical repairs. But this is a huge hassle when I need to wear heavy work gloves all day long.”
  • “How do I access job training when I’m out at a remote jobsite?”
  • “What do I do if I run into a problem I can’t fix?”

While each of these challenges can be addressed with a specific combination of hardware and software, that’s just one step on your digital transformation journey. Real change only happens when you execute brilliant ideas and turn them into real-world solutions.

You Can’t Solve Digital Transformation Challenges Without The Right Perspective

On its own, a new technology won’t solve your digital transformation challenges. That’s because digital transformation requires empathy and teamwork in addition to innovation.

Digital transformation doesn’t begin with technology and end with your team. If you want to overcome your digital transformation challenges, first empower your team to share the obstacles that are impacting their safety and productivity, and only then evaluate technologies that can improve their work.

As an example of this, consider the Oil & Gas industry. For years, the status quo meant shutting everything down and flying in an expert whenever the on-site team encountered a problem they couldn’t fix. Even at a cost of millions of dollars per day, this pause in production was viewed as a standard cost of doing business.

Remote Mentor solutions changed all that. What used to take days now takes minutes, since on-site workers can connect with an expert who sees what they see. These remote experts can guide on-site workers in real-time, and restore production faster than ever before.

How Do You Turn Your Ideas Into Reality?

During these eight events, we gave hundreds of demos of HMT-1® to digital pioneers representing dozens of industries. But what happens when these individuals want to deploy RealWear technology to their teams? That’s when the real work begins.

If you want to turn your ideas into reality, take it one step at a time:

  • Choose a single use case.
  • Determine your requirements for success.
  • Establish clear entry & exit criteria to complete your pilot project in three months or less.

If you address a new project one use case at a time, you’ll be better equipped to evaluate what works and what doesn’t. That’s how you escape pilot purgatory and turn your ideas into reality.

Again, technology alone won’t solve your digital transformation challenges. You need to start with a deep understanding of a single use case based on the collective experience of your workers, followed by an examination of different technologies that might be able to address that challenge.

Plan your pilot well, and you won’t have any regrets when you deploy to your entire organization.

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