This is a question MDs and CEOs should be asking when surveying the current state of their business and its future.
Until now, it may not have been a question that could be readily answered. However, that is no longer the case after the high-profile launch of the Digital Readiness Level-Tool.
Unveiled with acclaim at the International Business Festival, this online diagnostic application, will demystify the digital path and enable businesses to pinpoint where they are on the journey or what they need to do to start.
This is a massive leap forward that, I believe, will deliver massive benefits to companies looking to bring in Industry 4.0 technologies to make them more efficient and more productive.
There will no longer be confusion or a need for guess work.
It may sound like a gimmick or some ‘cheap’ put together app, but this is far from that as it has been developed over 18 months and by several organisations including the government-backed Digital Catapult and High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Knowledge Transfer Network (backed by Innovate UK), HSSMI, the Digital Engineering and Test Centre and The Manufacturer.
The aim of the DRL-Tool is to deliver a standardised tool that will help companies measure and, therefore, enhance their digital maturity.
For companies who have worked with Manufacturing Readiness Levels and Technology Readiness Levels, then this follows a similar premise by allowing comparable benchmarking.
The Made Smarter Review published last November, has given the DRL-Tool extra emphasis as those behind the tool used the recommendations in the review to enable businesses to bring in what the review calls ‘industrial digitalisation technologies’. In this case, robotics, analytics, Internet of Things.
It can take just 10 minutes for what the developers call a ‘coffee break questionnaire’, which will provide a ‘high-level overview of where the company stands in terms of digital, so as to identify initial areas of weakness and strength’.
For greater insight, there is a full questionnaire which takes about an hour and provide a complete analysis as well as benchmarking against industry and regional averages.
It will show you on, on a scale on one-to-nine, if you are digital outsider or a digital champion, while its primary aim will be to help provide clarity to what is a confusing digital industrialisation landscape.
Take the DRL-Tool test is certainly something to be doing sooner rather than later. Find out more at https://drl-tool.org/