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042: Prioritizing the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

042: Prioritizing the Fourth Industrial Revolution


On today’s episode, Thom and Craig welcome James Ricci, principal at 2764 Advisors and  Manufacturing Adviser at IoTco.  James has joined the podcast today to offer insights into the value of prioritizing and embracing the rapidly changing digital enterprise for companies of all sizes and individuals of all education and skill levels.  He shares practical ways to successfully implement digital improvements in any company and offers advice that will propel your career forward at any stage.  

On today’s podcast, you will learn:

How to define the digital enterprise

  • Is there a one-size-fits-all approach to the digital agency?

  • The digital enterprise offers a sustained competitive advantage using digital tools

  • The transformative process will be the same for all companies regardless of size

  • Companies can prioritize the implementation steps by defining the critical path and maximizing end-to-end processes

Tips for making lasting digital improvements

  • Highlight the benefits of updating digital tooling

  • Data sharing will be a critical part of successful digital transformation 

  • Solution providers can offer greater standards of the change management aspect

  • Technology is changing exponentially while people change logarithmically — here’s what to do about it

  • New technologies will require new competencies to be fulfilled either through training or new hire

A look into the upcoming leadership seminar

  • James will speak to the real data and information about what Industry 4.0 means for you

  • The seminar will highlight step-by-step integration of digital transformation 

  • Practical education and examples of solutions for universal problems

  • The seminar will be held on May 5, 2020 in Auburn Hills, Michigan

Career advice from an experienced manufacturer

  • Embrace a lifelong learning mindset and a willingness to reinvent yourself along the way

  • Being multiskilled is a huge asset to whatever organization you are a part of 

  • Stay curious and aware of how you fit into the larger picture at your company

  • People need to be just as flexible and adaptable as changing machinery and technology



James Ricci has 30 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, quality and supply chain focused on implementing lean and process improvement initiatives, developing and executing operational turnarounds, developing manufacturing strategies, performing due diligence and market research.  He has globally executed more than 500 operational assessments, due diligence and improvement initiatives throughout his career for nearly every type of manufacturing industry stakeholder. His manufacturing expertise includes stamping, tooling, machining, plastic processing, die casting and value-added assembly.



Tags:  Change Management  Digital Enterprise  Digital Transformation  Industry 4.0 

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