Automation and digitization have transformed manufacturing, opening the door for small manufacturers, as well as big players, to improve processes, increase efficiency and drive profits. The fact is, we are very much in the middle of what people are calling the third industrial revolution—Digital Manufacturing. Here’s a look at some of the industry trends.
From researchers working to beat cancer to city planners, almost every sector of society has been transformed by the ability to capture, analyze and learn from data.
In the era of big data, the question for those in business is what data they need and how to capture it. News headlines are often dominated by the ways in which companies capture consumer data, but this is only part of the story. Different teams and divisions in a company need to be proactive in determining how they capture and utilize data for their own purposes.
In 2009, Apple ran a series of commercials that put the phrase “There’s an app for that” in the minds of millions of Americans. Almost a decade later, there are even more apps that do even more specific tasks. But while there are apps that can tell you in a pirate’s voice where you parked or prevent you from drunk-dialing an ex, many need apps that are so specific and customized that they have to develop them. This is particularly true with departments or teams operating inside of a business or organization.
Though there is an urgent need to improve infrastructure and the need for new construction remains red hot, research has shown that in some sectors of the construction industry, labor productivity has declined relative to overall economic productivity. Add this to the fact that large scale projects typically take 20 percent longer to finish and tend to run 80 percent over budget, it’s clear that it’s getting harder for those in the construction industry to consistently drive a profit.
To address this challenge, many of the top players in the construction industry have looked for solutions in the digital realm. Here are several examples of how these companies are undergoing a digital transformation, becoming more productive and profitable in the process.
It's time to build apps yourself.
Do you work at a business where there are inefficient forms being filled out with pen and paper? Or people have to come back to their desktop to fill in information? Or you don't have information that you want at your fingertips? You know the answer. A mobile app would really help you get more efficient and drive your business forward. Yet you fear all the horror stories with app development!
Here's a lyrical encouragement to rid yourself of the pain, burden, cost, aggravation, and futility of hiring application developers and instead build those apps yourself. That's what the no-code platform revolution is all about.
With a salute to Paul Simon (enjoy his music video at the end of the post), here goes...