COVID-19 and Automation/Traceability: Fast Forward in Digital TransformationSarma 

About six months ago, we were receiving news of an epidemic from the international press on the far side of the world, but we were that we have overlooked globalization and living with a perception that this problem would not affect us. Then one day, the COVID-19 epidemic knocked on our door and sent us to our homes and ordered us to continue our lives at least for a while.

What about our jobs, workplaces, factories, banks? What would they be?

Here the challenges came immediately.

The decision-makers who have not met the concepts such as Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, which have been a buzzword in recent years, or who have not met them yet and have not yet implemented them, follow the wait-and-see policy, have to work at home and work remotely somehow they confronted it.

Everyone’s common foresight is clear:

The COVID-19 pandemic will require a very fast digital transformation in all sectors …

The problem is how this will happen, some companies have been acting proactively have easily confronted this situation and overcame easily, while companies that have been reactive and have to go through digital transformation to survive will struggle with both the post-pandemic recovery and the efforts of transformation.

The common mistakes are understanding this transformation is just as a technology update and not knowing where to start.

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It might be a good idea to use the WH questions method, which even some journalists forget today, to determine the priorities correctly to get efficiency immediately.

To get quick answers to WH questions, it is necessary to use accurate and quick data collection technologies and using this data to ensure the traceability of the processes.

Also, instead of setting huge goals, it may be logical to apply lean methodologies that will accelerate the flow of values in priority processes and turn to low-cost solutions such as cloud technology brought by modern technology to reduce the requirements of large CAPEX.

The ROI of digital transformation will cover this already delayed investment cost of the business.

I keep six honest serving-men(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.
I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small-
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!
She sends'em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes-
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!

Rudyard Kipling (From "The Elephants Child")