The world is in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The latest technologies provide business with a number of obvious advantages, but their implementation requires serious resources, rethinking all processes and creating new cross-functional teams. Participants of the discussion “Digital Industry. Best Practices of Digital Transformation from World Leaders” discussed why and how exactly large companies are restructuring production.

There is a demand for innovations from large industrial enterprises, and there is also an offer from the largest Russian international vendors, noted Alexey Belyakov, discussion moderator, Vice President, Executive Director of the Skolkovo Foundation's Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Cluster.

He recalled that different industries react to digital transformation in different ways: “Banking, retail, education are rapidly switching to online format and will never be the same. At the same time, we see a number of much more conservative industries - mechanical engineering, petrochemistry, chemistry. Here the changes are much more conservative”.

“The digital transformation of industry is an established market that has continued to grow during the pandemic. But it should grow faster if we are talking about entering new markets, about expansion into new regions, about global competitiveness,” said Vladimir Dozhdev, Director of the Digital Technologies Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

Digitalization of corporations is impossible without the involvement of top management, because its tasks to a certain extent boil down to organizational and managerial transformation. Alisa Melnikova, SIBUR Digital and Information Technology Director, emphasized that transformation begins with identifying a process that needs optimization and improvement.

“If the process has not been optimized for a long time, it certainly cannot be perfect. Therefore, first is the optimization of processes, and then - the search for tools to support them, not vice versa. In addition, creating a digital product is an easy task, but making it so that it gets accustomed and is used efficiently within the holding is a more difficult task. We are working in this direction, looking at the metrics of survival rate, looking at how not a product is being introduced, but a new optimized process,” said Alisa Melnikova.

Rosatom State Corporation includes more than 350 organizations, therefore, special attention is always paid to the optimization of internal business processes, said Boris Makevnin, Director General of Tsifrum. “If we look at the strategic goals of Rosatom, digital transformation for us is a pragmatic tool that allows us to make our core products more efficient and actively develop new businesses,” he said.

The discussion was also attended by Oleg Fomichev, Director for Strategic Planning and Development of KomplexProm, Igor Bogachev, Director General of Tsifra, Dmitry Kozachenko, Director for Technical Policy and Services of Dassault Systèmes in Russia and CIS, Andrey Slyunyaev, Consulting Director of Siemens Digital Industry Software.