Efficiency, speed and profit are the main benefits of digital transformation not only for large industrial ownership, but also for small and medium enterprises. This opinion was expressed by the participants of “Day of Digitization” in Kazakhstan, which was organized by the company “Siemens”. More than 120 specialists from various economic sectors took part in the event. Among them: business leaders, representatives from the education sector, as well as experts from Siemens from Germany, Russia and Kazakhstan.
In his remarks, Audris Bartsevičius, president of Siemens in Kazakhstan, noted that the future – for the creation of fully digital production and market leaders – would be a company that would use innovative technology throughout the production chain. And Siemens as one of the largest software developers in the world is ready to provide a broad installed product base.
“In our digital portfolio: cloud operating systems for IoT – MindSphere, technology based on artificial intelligence, automated system development, and more. In Kazakhstan, it is important to start moving from a simple” Internet “concept to the Internet. IoT allows you to save time and reach main goal – to analyze information in a timely manner, draw conclusions, and make important decisions. In addition, digital technology contributes to improving the efficiency and reliability of the production process, “said Audris Bartsevičius.
According to him, with the help of separate digital solutions, companies of any size from very different economic sectors can improve their competitiveness. In addition, digital technology enables the expansion of project portfolios and opens up new market niches by reducing the time and material costs of production and maintenance, while maintaining high quality standards.
“One example is a digital train in Norway. A few months ago, the contract was signed for 800 million euros, which covered 25 years of service. As for MindSphere, this is the key direction developed by Siemens at this time. We are serious about approaching this problem and ready to provide customers with many opportunities to optimize production, “said Audris Bartsavičius.
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During the panel discussion, the event participants discussed opportunities and challenges in the Industry 4.0 era, and also expressed their views on the potential brought about by digital transformation. For example, Lucas Kutsoyanis, Head of Customer Digital Involvement at Siemens, stressed that digitization is a wave of technology that integrates with globalization. All this changes the structure and challenges that exist not only in all countries, but also in individual organizations.
In commerce world and cash market, the changing is rapidly. How you calculate the commission after the fluctuation of an up-down market where nowadays people want to get the update almost instantly. That’s why Casino company also adapt to this new technology.
“In terms of energy and oil and gas, digitalization provides an opportunity to understand how to increase capacity, how to use resources more efficiently, how to expand congestion, etc. But this is also a challenge for the country and the company, because the existing regime destabilizes and works methods And we have seen such uncertainties, especially in the oil and gas sector, when large players cannot manage many of the parameters of their activities and digitizing them is an effective way to understand the market, control expenses and know in detail what is the essence of basic operations. “Lucas Kutsoyanis believes.
Recognizing the inevitability of change, the company slowly began to rebuild their business processes, using the achievement of the digital era. However, currently the process is very slow. The main reason is that digitization involves not only many technological difficulties, but also fundamentally changes the organizational structure, which in most companies is not ready for digital transformation.
“Take, for example, electricity generation, where there is no comprehensive and integrated approach. And it does not depend on the country and the level of development, there are problems everywhere. In this sector, there is not enough integration, as a result, companies cannot effectively managing the entire value chain. They know how to manage surface installations, electricity networks, etc., but now you need to change modes and approaches to asset management. In other words, traditional work methods are no longer sufficient. Because there is no way to assess strategy Which one is most suitable for asset management at this stage in the life cycle of an object, “Lucas Kutsoyanis said.
According to him, the first step in the journey to integrated operations must be connectivity, namely the connectivity of information and communication infrastructure components. The next logical step is to create a “smart” model to optimize assets in the value stream. “Thanks to connectivity, it is possible to optimize, for example, processing assets into production assets. And if companies will continue to optimize their assets and increase production efficiency, they will not only receive additional income, but also control their business even under adverse economic conditions. “But digital transformation requires an impressive investment, and this must be understood,” suggested Lucas Kutsoyanis.
A similar view is also found in Viktor Chernokov, deputy chairman of the “Kazakhstan Institute for Industry Development” JSC board. “Kazakhstan’s system-forming companies have realized the importance of applying” numbers “and their profits in terms of optimizing production, cutting costs, increasing the quality and quantity of products and, consequently, increasing profits. But small and medium-sized businesses are not ready to invest in” figures “, and there are the reason for this. One of them is that SMEs have no understanding of how much efficiency and their profits will be increased through digitization. And the sooner they start to follow the time and increase productivity, the faster they can make more, “Viktor Chernokov believes.
Speaking of digitalization and the introduction of modern technology in Kazakhstan, Andrei Tyuryushkin, Business Development Director of the Autonomous Fund cluster “Park innovative technology”, he observed that before digitizing domestic companies, it was necessary to clearly understand how companies were willing to use such innovations.
“Don’t forget that you can’t nail your nails with a microscope. After all, as we know, chaos automation will not lead to anything other than preventive chaos. I believe that more systematic work must be done here. Including company acceleration, so that every Kazakh companies become competent customers and understand the value of digitalization.Because of the high technology, it is possible to reduce the creation and value chain, reduce human factors, and improve production efficiency. And customers must see how much or how much will save certain decisions “, – said Andrey Tyuryushkin.
According to him, the main problem of business – the lack of a perception company as an integrated system together with the market. And this situation is observed not only in Kazakhstan, but also throughout post-Soviet space. “If the business concerned restrictions on the market, how whatever is digitized by applying the latest technology, no economic performance of the company will not improve. Our task is to create conditions for business development in the country through the creation of shared laboratories with vendors and practical application cases. do not want to only give vendors a grip on Kazakhstan, and plan to generate convergence in Kazakhstan and cultivated expertise in the local market “, – said Andrei Tyuryushkin.
Alexey Suntsov, director of the information technology department of the KazMunaiGaz JSC, also supported it.
“The crisis that occurred in the post-Soviet space, every time it gave us a new burst of performance, no matter how strange it sounded. We began to use resources more efficiently and choose technology. But the latest changes in the world provide another trend called” speed ” And this is very important, because at present technology a year ago will not be effective and will not provide the necessary results. Now we need to test and apply technology quickly, and for this we need to work with global vendors, such as Siemens, which will help build the process of using this technology, “said Alexei Suntsov.
Experts believe that the ability to change quickly is a top priority in the era of digitalization. Companies have arrived at that stage, when lost time is lost competition and loss of money. Now is the time to deliberately change in order to receive answers to basic management questions: what opportunities and limitations are on resources, what needs to be focused and what can have the greatest influence.
“There’s no need to run along with fashion trends, it’s better to think of solutions in such a way that they give as much effect as possible. For me personally, digitizing is the use of maximum technology for complex problem solving. Because” digits “reduce the cost of transmitting information and increasing transmission speed If previously we manually extracted indications on extraction, pressure, drilling, as a result, lost one day to receive this information and further adjustments from the current regime, now we receive all data instantly. Against this background, there are other tasks – how to process this information, but the analyst is the next step, “summarizes Alexei Suntsov.
Agris Preymanis, head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for Kazakhstan, expects the greatest influence of digitalization in the national sector: subsoil use, industrial production, agriculture, etc.
“Along with the oil and gas sector, where there are many pilot projects for full digitization of processes to interaction with suppliers, the city sector is waiting for radical change. However, it is too early to talk about the systematic and extensive introduction of digitalization. However, this is not only power competitiveness, but also a struggle for survival. I think in the future we will see how some sectors change or die, “Agris Preymanis predicted.
The EBRD head also added that for a successful transition to “Industry 4.0” it is necessary to involve various organizations in this process: public authorities, the private sector, research and education institutions. “The company alone cannot do this, the role of the state is important here. If the government and the private sector work together, everything will change in Kazakhstan, and we will see the effectiveness observed in other countries. The innovative Kazakhstan ecosystem is very small, so “Don’t be afraid to integrate into the European, Russian or Chinese ecosystems,” said Agris Preymanis.