In a company things are happening constantly thar are related to each other in a more or less direct way. Some of them are easily detectable and measurable (such as opening a valve o receipt of a purchase order) and others are much more subtle (such as increased 2% consumption of an engine, soil moisture hundreds of hectares, etc.).
Regardless of its size and ease of identification, all changes that occur in business processes influence their results. Those with greater magnitude are easily detected and usually companies react to them quickly. But what about those “drippings” of inefficiency that never cause a flood but at the end of the year mean a considerable impact?
People have outstanding capabilities to identify changes, analyze them, memorize them and make decisions based on the information provided by our senses and memory capacity, but there is much more information available. On the other hand, our sensory capacity works especially well if we perceive in-situ what is happening. In today’s complex world is unworkable receive first-hand information on all aspects that influence the productivity and profitability of a machine or fairly complex process. We already have effective tools to collect and use information in decision-making, but very dependent on people. This human intervention in the capture, transport and analysis of information is not sufficient to the growing demand for speed when deciding. It is not enough to make decisions on a daily / weekly meeting, there are so many decisions to make as changes occur over a minute.
Why is it necessary to make decisions faster and faster and from data increasingly dispersed?: mainly because of globalization of processes and markets, because of the requirement in terms of deliveries and because of the unstoppable trend of mass customization or data ” mass customization “.
This is where the benefits of digitization appear: customer orders (with all the options chosen for the product), state machines, energy consumption, etc.) Everything becomes “a number” that travels at the speed of Internet from one place to another in the world to be exploited in making decisions minute to minute, now automatizables.