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In addition to technological leadership, digital transformation is becoming increasingly important for the economic success of industrial companies. A successful digital transformation provides the basis for distinguishing oneself from the competition in further dimensions than just technological leadership and thus for increasing earnings and profit in the long term. Clear beneficiaries are topics such as Supply Chain Management, Product Life Cycle Management or Smart Factory.


The digital transformation also opens up new opportunities in the service business, for example. For example, the automation of service processes, new digital interfaces to the customer and new service products and business models are only made possible by digitalization. Compared to traditional product business, services offer many advantages:


  • On average, services generate higher revenue growth than the product business
  • Profitability in service is generally higher than in product business
  • While products have to be sold new each time, service contracts are long-term and generate continuous and stable income flows
  • Frequent interaction in the service generates a high level of customer proximity and increases customer loyalty
  • Via services, companies collect valuable information on product usage


In order for the digital transformation to succeed, silos must be broken down and new, more permeable structures (organizational, functional and technical) and processes must be created that allow for comprehensive, digital and optimized collaboration. This not only within the boundaries of the company, but throughout the entire supply and value-added chain up to the end customer and also throughout the entire life cycle of a product up to its disposal. Only then can initiatives such as Lean, Asset Performance, Value Chain, Customer Centricity, Service or digital business models, which focus on the customer and his expectations, be effectively implemented to their full value.

Manufacturing
Boris Ricken
Head of Manufacturing, Digital Strategy & Innovation
+41 58 411 96 22

Digital transformation as a success driver for industrial companies.

In order for the digital transformation to progress effectively and in a targeted manner, it is advisable to develop a digital strategy and to create a clear roadmap with directions and concrete projects. Since IT plays a central role in the implementation of the digital strategy, IT needs a corresponding IT strategy as well as clarity regarding IT governance and data management, for example.


The technologies, tools, architectures, concepts and models such as Industry 4.0, IIoT, platforms, MES and PLM systems, digital twins or data analytics for predictive or even prescriptive analytics are essentially widely available. The subsequent networking of production infrastructures and machines still poses a challenge. Existing and emerging standards, as well as edge devices and edge computing, are increasingly offering a helping hand here. On the IT side, the necessary technologies and applications are also generally available. Although large system manufacturers and suppliers are working on integrating more and more components on their platforms, a clear IT strategy, IT and data architecture and IT governance are needed to build up the overall system and operate the system effectively in the long term. Experience shows that the life cycle time of digital infrastructures is much shorter than in the physical world.


The available resources for this are few and far between on the market, so industrial companies would do well to address these issues in detail as soon as possible. Otherwise, there is a danger that the overarching benefits of digital interlinking will not materialize.

How we can assist you:

Our consultants have many years of expertise and practical experience with innovative solutions for industry. Each approach is based on a clear IT strategy and data architecture that takes into account the current and future requirements of Big Data Management as well as the highest levels of security, availability and flexibility. In addition, our experts will help you with suggestions for technologies, processes and structures to tackle upcoming challenges in daily operations in a goal-oriented and efficient way.

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Digital innovations in the industry: higher margins, more stable business

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Handelszeitung (2020/11)

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How service trends in the Swiss industrial sector are strengthened by COVID-19

How service trends in the Swiss industrial sector are strengthened by COVID-19 (2020/11)


Dr. Boris Ricken, Head of Manufacturing, Digital Strategy & Innovation

Kevin Kiy, Consultant

Dr. Andreas Gumann, Partner

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Digitalisation by Covid-19

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Computerworld (2020/11)
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Customer reference - Kardex

Kardex is a global industrial partner for intralogistics solutions and a leading supplier of automated storage solutions and material flow systems. Kardex sees considerable opportunities in digitalisation to further expand its existing market position and achieve operational improvements. AWK has created the practical basis for this on behalf of Kardex: Together with the customer, a digital strategy was developed for various core processes. On the basis of the foundation created by AWK, Kardex has now independently launched the digitisation planning for its other processes.
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Corona crisis and M&A in the Swiss MEM industries

The impact of the corona crisis on the M&A activities of the Swiss MEM industries, AWK Group (2020/06)


Dr. Boris Ricken, Head of Digital Strategy & Innovation

Kevin Kiy, Consultant

Dr. Andreas Gumann, Partner

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7th Industry Forum 2025: Development of a digital strategy at Reishauer

Presentation «Development of a digital strategy at Reishauer» at the 7th Industry Forum 2025 (2020/05)


Dr. Boris Ricken, Head of Business Consulting, Digital Strategy & Innovation, AWK Group AGDr Fabrice Monti di Sopra, Chief Technology Officer, Reishauer AG

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Action plan for CIOs, CTOs and CDOs of Swiss industrial companies

COVID-19 poses major challenges for industrial companies, AWK Group (2020/03)


Dr. Boris Ricken, Head of Digital Strategy & Innovation

Kevin Kiy, Consultant

Dr. Andreas Gumann, Partner

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Digital platforms - Are Swiss industrial companies oversleeping the business model of the future?

Platform business model in Swiss industry


Dr. Boris Ricken, Head of Business Consulting, AWK Group (2020/03)

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Kun­den­zen­trie­rung als Chance für die Industrie

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The smart factory becomes a competitive factor

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Schweizer Maschinenmarkt, Ausgabe 4 (2020/02)

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Industry 4.0 as a strategic project

Swiss machinery market (2019/10)

This article has been published in German.

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Do Swiss industrial companies need their own digital strategy for Industry 4.0?

Published in AWK Point of View (2019/10)

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Agile strategy development in industrial companies

Published in Maschinenbau - The Swiss industry magazine (2019/07)

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The Customer at the Centre

AWK Focus (2019/04)

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Smart Society - Curse or blessing?

AWK FOCUS (2018/10)

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Data, data, data - Take advantage of the full potential

AWK Focus (2016/10)
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Make Omni-Channel & Co. possible

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GS1 network (2016/09)
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Project Portfolio Management - From Strategy to the Right Projects

AWK Focus (2015/10)
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Swisscom will switch off existing telephony in 2017 - what next?

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Erfolg (2015/03)
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Change successfully

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Computerweek (2015/03)
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"All IP" - Communication in upheaval

AWK KNOWLEDGE (2014/12)

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A modern business IT organization

Web week (2014/09)
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Successful ICT procurement is not witchcraft

AWK FOCUS (2014/06)

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ICT - the key to a successful strategy and its implementation

AWK KNOWLEDGE (2014/03)

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Successful process optimization in practice

AWK KNOWLEDGE (2013/12)

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Mine your data - A way to a better understanding of the company

AWK KNOWLEDGE (2013/03)

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The leverage effect of optimized data management

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ICT Communication (2013/02)

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Industry 4.0 as a strategic project

Swiss machinery market (2019/10)

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Brauchen Schweizer In­dus­trie­un­ter­neh­men eine eigene Di­gi­tal­stra­te­gie für Industrie 4.0?

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Agile strategy development in industrial companies

Published in Maschinenbau - The Swiss industry magazine (2019/07)

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