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006: The March Toward Industry 4.0 — How to Optimize Productivity in Any Business

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Updated: Monday, June 24, 2019

006: The March Toward Industry 4.0 — How to Optimize Productivity in Any Business

On this episode of the Digital Enterprise Society podcast Thom and Craig welcome Atilla Lengyal, director of strategy innovation and data analytics at Western Digital.  Atilla recently spoke at Seimens Realize Live on lessons learned and delightful insights in and around the march toward the fourth industrial revolution.  Atilla shares his experience with creating a centralized, digital analytics office at Western Digital and offers his tips for improving both the business and technology side of any company.  He shares his steps for closing the loop and successfully implementing change before scaling up, how to gain consensus with your team when moving forward, and how to effectively deal with personnel resistance.  Atilla also emphasizes the importance of focusing on productivity, eliminating non—productive tasks, and his optimistic view of the many opportunities that will come with the future of PLM.

On today’s podcast you will learn:

How to appropriately scale change in a company

  • The importance of utilizing advanced analytics.

  • What does it mean to think big, start small, scale quick?

  • Why you have to start improvements on the business point of view, no matter how fascinated you are with technology.

Steps for successfully closing the loop 

  • Create a problem statement

  • Diagnose and learn more about the problem

  • Create predictions

  • Optimize change

Keys to handling personnel resistance to change

  • Clearly communicate your expectations

  • Confirm comprehension from personnel

How to focus on productivity

  • Identify and eliminate non-productive tasks

  • Adjust tasks based on whether they generate income for the company

  • Utilize Goldratt’s theory of constraints


Guest Bio:  Atilla Lengyal joined Western Digital Corporation (WDC) in 2013. During his years at WDC he lead the development and implementation of key business solutions at global factory sites, such as simulation driven shop-floor scheduling and dispatching, data analytics driven capacity planning, machine learning based dynamic final product testing and strategic inventory management.

Attila was elected to be a member of Analytics Center of Excellence (ACE) Leadership Team in 2017, an advisory board for WDC Executive Team, and responsible for aligning Analytics activities across various organizations and global sites including product development, program management, engineering, operations and IT. He was one of the key architect behind designing and proposing a dedicated enterprise analytics organization. He now leads Strategy, Innovation & Adoption at the recently established Digital Analytics Office of WDC.

Attila previously worked and lived in Japan leading an Operations Research team at Hitachi Ltd in Yokohama. His team piloted and implemented optimization solutions winning major business successes at various Hitachi subsidiaries. His R&D work behind Hitachi Vantara Dynamic Scheduling solution was awarded by FANUC FA and Robot Foundation of Japan Society for Precision Engineering (JSPE) as of the most impactful engineering research work in Japan in 2011.

Before joining Hitachi Ltd, Attila studied at Tokyo University and Kobe University earning his PhD in Systems Science in 2004. He grew up in Hungary and received MSc in Computer Science and Operations Management at University of Miskolc.

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