Viewpoints By Nick Ward

Article: Digital Knowledge Management: A Key Step on Pharma’s Journey to the Connected Enterprise

In March 2020, the Pharmaceuticals industry faced one of its most public-facing and time-pressing challenges to date: develop, manufacture, and distribute a vaccine for COVID-19 globally as quickly and safely as possible. While sheer human perseverance played a pivotal role in driving the notable speed to market for the vaccine, this approach is not sustainable nor practical for commercial drug products. Digital methods and tools should be leveraged to achieve similar results in a sustainable, efficient, and profitable way. Pharmaceutical manufacturers now face the need to confront these challenges head-on and embrace connectivity across the value chain, starting with laying the digital foundation for innovation in the form of Digital Knowledge Management and Pharma 4.0.

Article: AI in Pharma: Emerging Use Cases Across the Value Chain

The pharma industry’s product development processes is complex and lengthy, but digital technologies can help. Here are the top AI use cases.

Article: The Auto Industry’s NEW Business as Usual: Tactics to Reduce Risk and Prepare for the Future

While the recent economic shutdown likely caught many auto industry manufacturers off guard, it’s time to prepare for what is next. Here are some ways to minimize near-term risk and some tips for how to prepare now for a post-crisis world.

Article: Factory of the Future: Another Day in the Life in 2022

Smart factories, enabled by digital technologies and concepts, may not be as futuristic as you think. Need inspiration to get started? Here's our UPDATED vision of the factory of the future, and the people and processes that will be impacted.

Article: Product Lifecycle Intelligence: Turn PLM Data into Insights with Machine Learning

Discrete manufacturers and R&D professionals have long viewed product lifecycle management (PLM) as a means to enhance manufacturing and design process management, data integrity and digital mockup. While these capabilities serve as a baseline to address operational challenges, current out-of-the-box solutions lack the maturity to maximize the value of product data and quickly tie it to business decisions.

Article: How it Works: Instant Notification of Design Changes to the Shop Floor

Digital technology enables a variety of tangible, factory floor benefits, but how does the technology actually work? 

Article: How it Works: Hands Free Visualization of Shop Floor Information

Digital technology enables a variety of tangible, factory floor benefits, but how does the technology actually work? 

Article: Practical Starting Points for Industry 4.0: A Plan for the First Steps in a Successful Smart Connected Manufacturing Journey

Working to advance Industry 4.0 in your organization? Here's how to create commitment and buy-in while addressing fundamental changes to collaboration and culture.

Article: The Factory of the Future: A Day in the Life of a Plant Manager in 2020

Smart factories, enabled by augmented reality, predictive analytics, and the digital twin, may not be as futuristic as you think. Need inspiration to get started? Here's our vision of the factory of the future, and the people and processes that will be impacted.