The phrase “digital transformation” started to appear in the mainstream media in 2018-2019 and became common in 2020. Yet today, if one asks 20 people for a definition and more importantly, a scoped definition, you’re likely to hear 20 different responses.Broadly, according to Wikipedia, digital transformation means replacing manual processes with digital (i.e. computerized) processes AND replacing older digital technology with newer digital technology.
• Installation-to-disposal of assets (often supported by Computerized Maintenance Management Systems, or CMMS)
• Concept-to-release (design and engineering processes often supported by Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software)
• Defect identification-to-resolution (quality management processes often supported by Quality Management Systems and Laboratory Information Management Systems (QMS and LIMS)