On Thursday, 11 August, the new GIUK `Digitisation & Automation` Sub-group met for the first time, chaired by our Chief Executive, Phil McClennon, to discuss related topics of interest with members across the diverse sectors of German business in the UK. The full scope of both topics was reviewed within each business present, and consensus formed around the key topics for ongoing information sharing and discussion.
Each of the businesses already had mature ERP systems in place and things like remote or hybrid workflows and communications were well established as normal business.
This high level of existing competence highlighted that advanced topics such as secure data handling and analytics was their core focus for further developments. Future meetings will touch on specific elements of this topic with “deep dive” examples from member organisations.
There was also much experience in the group with digital communications for marketing and employee engagement. The potential relevance of both to the entire GIUK membership community was noted, so further insights into this topic will be shared with the wider GIUK community.
Extending from these themes into the world of physical automation technology, the members highlighted an interest in learning more about the benefits of predictive analytics in relation to their physical operational processes. Given this interest it was agreed that a specialist will be invited to a future meeting to give some deeper technical insights into the maturity and applications of this technology.
One additional topic raised in the discussions was the opportunity created by deeper integration of a business’ digital and physical automation data, so this theme will also be expanded in a future discussion.
Overall the Digital and Automation Sub-group launch meeting fully met its objectives in scoping out the key topics for future “deep dives” within the group.