How to escape Excel and move into the future of Global Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

If you haven’t been living under a rock in the last few years, I’m sure you’ve heard about new the fancy shiny new kid in the block called Digital Transformation. While the term itself might sound very ‘buzzy,’ I suggest you don’t take it that way.

Remember when you drove your car using paper maps? We don’t do so anymore. The reason for that is that we have a lot of information available online in a digital form that helps us to transform our driving process. And this process, which was originally completely using paper maps has been completely transformed into a digital process we can’t imagine being any different.

What is interesting is that the digital transformation of driving process didn’t happen overnight. It was occurred as a combination of small steps, transforming elements of the process. Some steps such as digitalization of the map itself were originally made by different companies. Navigation devices were introduced into cars or even independent devices. Until everything happily joined together in form factor of modern smart phone we can hold in our pocket.

You know all these things, I guess. However, here is the thing. I’m getting back to my manufacturing and information twisted mind and I can see a similar process undergoing in manufacturing. Some of information is already available online — you can go ahead and order parts online. However, some of the processes are still very much “analog”. It probably doesn’t go with paper and fax (although, believe me it is still happening), but even if not, Excel spreadsheets are still pieces of information that are completely hidden from a digital universe.

OpenBOM is a tool that will help you to digitize your fragmented and sometimes messy environment filled with spreadsheets, legacy databases and even existing PLM / ERP systems. Each of these environment has its own problems. I look forward to share more about our vision of digital transformation in manufacturing in the next blogs. In the meantime, watch our new video that can give you some ideas about our vision and the way we envision OpenBOM future.

And it is not only a vision. If you haven’t had a chance to visit our website recently, please do. You can view our map of our users and additional information about who is using OpenBOM today and to whom we partner with.

And I look forward to share more.

Conclusion. Manufacturing digital transformation should start somewhere. It is ongoing process. You can order parts online. You can get a quote to 3D print your part. However, Bill of Material and related information is truly digitized map that will help you to orchestrate all processes and data across the network of OEM, contractors and suppliers. The future is online network of manufacturing information.

I’d love to discuss it more with you and help you to take part in a digital transformation of manufacturing.

Best, Oleg

PS. Let’s get to know each other better. If you live in the Greater Boston area, I invite you for a coffee together (coffee is on me). If not nearby, let’s have a virtual coffee session — I will figure out how to send you a real coffee.

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