People. Process. Systems.

Andy Croghan
22nd September 2017

When an organisation looks to improve its performance and operations with a digital transformation project, the scale of the task can often be overwhelming. We would of course always advocate that you need to start with a review of your people, processes and systems and define what you are trying to achieve as a business.  And then start to think about how technology and business systems could facilitate getting to that ‘to be’ state.  Rather than buying a system and then trying to work out what to do with it – which is unfortunately an all too common occurrence.  Technology is of course though at the heart of a digital transformation.  And with technology advancing at the pace of noughts and a whole myriad of system solution options and approaches available across the likes of ERP, CRM and BI, it can be a very time consuming exercise to get up to speed.  So whether you are at the really early project stages and just want to research the system market and understand potential solution options.  Or whether you are further down the line with a business blueprint and clear requirements defined and ready to carry out a robust system selection process.  We can heartily recommend investing a day of your time to get along to the Manufacturer Connect events.

There a few scheduled throughout the year in different locations and the next one is at the AMTC in Sheffield on the 5th October. Manufacturer


The Manufacturer Connect event brings together a whole host of business system vendors, live software demonstrations and insight from organisations that have successfully completed digital transformation projects in to a one day event. Having the opportunity to speak directly, one to one with the system vendors as well as learn how peers have delivered successful projects can significantly reduce the time it takes to research the market and really help kick start your business’ digital transformation project. This is why Optimum PPS are delighted to be partnering with The Manufacturer to host the event. Along with the one to one meetings, keynote speakers, networking opportunities and software demonstrations, we will be on hand to deliver our independent and impartial advice via the following workshops throughout the day:


Industry 4.0: Business Value, Business Opportunities, Business Challenges

  • Business Value – Identifying which technologies could deliver the biggest return on investment for your unique circumstances
  • Business Opportunities – Identifying the underlying opportunities enabled by Industry 4.0 and the changing model of traditional manufacturing
  • Business Challenges – The implications for your people, processes and systems

How to start your Digital Transformation

6 steps for success:

  • Investing the time and effort in the early stages will pay dividends with the subsequent implementation and ROI.
  • Developing a robust roadmap and business case.

So for all sizes of manufacturing businesses looking to embark on a digital transformation project, attending The Manufacturer Connect event will certainly be of value to you.  In a single day you can get a much better feel for the solutions and vendors that could be a good fit for your business and come away with the confidence in knowing how best to approach the project and pitfalls to avoid with the insights shared from both peers in manufacturing as well as industry experts.

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