Executive Summary

Story: How it All Comes Together 
Digital Transformation (DT):  Agile + Digital Twins (or BIM) + Smart Data

DT

TRANSFORMATION is a must, and Digital is just the surname (DT) of a transformation process which involves more than just technology: the reshaping of the whole organization + the management and work culture.

Agile

This process –previously conceived merely as digitalization of the company (introduction of digital technology)-- cannot be managed through slow and traditional methods.

Instead, the Agile approach is the best methodology to guide it. One that entails:

  • Employee empowerment.
  • A “quick wins” culture.
  • Iterative and incremental work.
  • And a facilitator leadership style.

Agile is essentially required by the new 5G telecoms technology, as it makes possible quicker data transmission between data producers –Internet of Things (IoT) or, we should say, instead, Internet of Everything (IoE)-- and data consumers (not only robots or operators, but, in the end, people who make decisions).

Digital Twins

Digital Twins is an implementation of this Agile approach to save time and costs in:

  • Design
  • Prototype-building
  • Budgeting
  • Testing almost every product in any market

The rapid and almost universal proliferation of Digital Twins, which is coming, and the expansion of the IoE –incorporating trillions of items worldwide ( )-- as they generate more and more data, will demand new skills and job profiles on every sector in the economy:

  • Data quality engineers
  • Data curators
  • Data management leaders
Smart Data

This new breed of experts is putting forward a new doctrine or central idea to guide the process of managing vast amounts of available data: Smart Data.

Smart Data is the Agile (quick & clever) approach to source, load, process and visualize only those really useful data necessary to make any given decision (the key decision that allows the project to move forward) optimizing the cost / value ratio of Big Data architectures.

 

A successful use case example of BIM (Business Information Modelling):
  • Engineering and building companies have already deployed BIM technologies like Digital Twins. BIM entails:
      • Developing the complete and exact digital model of the entire building or artifact (or a specific machine or gadget or even a human organ).
      • Working iteratively until the digital model is exact and complete with all relevant details
      • Then the digital model is used to predict the cost, schedule, resources needed and the whole plan to build and set up the real object, saving on expensive materials and overcoming the inconveniences of working with physical components.
      • The model can actually simulate the real functioning of the object (building or aircraft or artificial organ) and help foresee problems in its functionality.
  • This technology takes advantage of enhanced communication technologies like 5G. And it performs best with Edge Computing.
  • As BIM’s work is based on large amounts of data, data management experts will apply Smart Data representations so managers can make the best decisions regarding the projects and investments involved.