Realising the Value of Data

 

Course Details

Location Online
Duration 1.5 Hours
Cost £75
Qualification Course 2 of 3 in the Practical Steps to Digitalising your Manufacturing Business Certificate

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Course Access Lifetime
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We all generate and store vast amounts of information every day – your manufacturing business is no different. Using this data to reveal meaningful insights – and making it work harder for you – is at the heart of every successful digitalisation project.

When it comes to digitalisation, everyone’s needs are different – and the sheer volume and variety of available solutions can feel overwhelming. This second course in our three-part online certificate cuts through the noise. You’ll discover the right data and digitalisation technologies and enablers to tackle the specific organisational goals you identified in Step 1.

Through a combination of interactive learning activities, actionable self-study templates, and SME case studies, you’ll recognise the possibilities offered by including relevant digital tools in your manufacturing process – and how to exploit existing data to drive success.

Get the essential knowledge you’ll need to get started

Course Introduction

Including video from subject matter expert with kudos explaining what the course does and why it’s great…

We all generate and store vast amounts of information every day – your manufacturing business is no different. Using this data to reveal meaningful insights – and making it work harder for you – is at the heart of every successful digitalisation project.

When it comes to digitalisation, everyone’s needs are different – and the sheer volume and variety of available solutions can feel overwhelming. This second course in our three-part online certificate cuts through the noise. You’ll discover the right data and digitalisation technologies and enablers to tackle the specific organisational goals you identified in Step 1.

Through a combination of interactive learning activities, actionable self-study templates, and SME case studies, you’ll recognise the possibilities offered by including relevant digital tools in your manufacturing process – and how to exploit existing data to drive success.

Get the essential knowledge you’ll need to get started

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Who is the course for?

This course is for SME owners, managers and decision makers who are considering adding digital capability to their business but need a knowledge boost to confidently take their first steps. Because this course builds on the activities completed in Step 1, we recommend you begin with the first course in the series.

What will I learn?

This self-guided online course demystifies terms such as big data, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and artificial intelligence, putting them into a manufacturing SME context to help you understand their potential value. You’ll discover the importance of the data you already hold within your organisation, and hear how other SMEs have successfully exploited their data to drive business output. Our interactive template will help you apply everything you learn to your own company, so your new skills remain relevant and useful – both now and in the future. The course format also means you’re free to learn at your own pace, in your own space, whenever suits you best.

Understand how your data is key to your organisation thriving in a digital world

Whether you’re aiming to increase productivity, improve quality, speed up delivery, reduce cost, ensure process predictability, or offer more customisation, data can help you. No solution is one-size-fits-all, and so succeeding in digitalisation depends on knowing what is happening across all of your business processes and how they are connected.

When you get this right, your workforce can make insightful decisions at all levels. Teams are empowered to increase productivity and reduce waste, making sure you meet your strategic goals.

Learn about the importance of data flows within your business framework

Just like production flow, data and information are constantly passed between different areas of your organisation. When different processes connect seamlessly through digital channels, your data can be used to eliminate errors, improve consistency, and enable a more proactive way of working.

We’ll introduce you to a recognised framework for understanding how information flows in a manufacturing process. You’ll also find out about gathering, storing and using data to improve your business’s key performance metrics across different processes.

Explore how different types of digital and data solutions could benefit your business

There are so many different data solutions available. We’ll explain a variety of relevant systems and demonstrate how they can bring benefits to a manufacturing business. What works for you will be determined by examining your specific challenges and objectives, and identifying how data can support improvements.

To get you off to a strong start, you’ll hear from other SME manufacturers about how they’re using data to drive forward their operations. Our experts include an SME supplier to the aviation industry whose recently implemented end-to-end system has greatly increased the value of their product to their customer base, whilst delivering efficiencies within their manufacturing process.

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What does the course cover?

Part 1 – Data in manufacturing – Why does it matter?

  • Discover the digital technologies that are most relevant to manufacturers
    • Explore four key digital technologies and see examples of how they can benefit SMEs
  • Understand the value of data systems
    • Hear from SME managers who reveal the impact of their data systems on their overall business performance and growth

Part 2 – Where do I start?

  • Prepare to succeed: Identify your existing data and discover how to make the most of it
    • What data do you have and what do you need?
    • Learn how the ISA-95 standard will enable you to consistently identify layers of dataflow within your business to enable proactive decision making
  • Build your confidence: Explore commonly used digital manufacturing systems
    • Get familiar with common system definitions, applications and benefits to manufacturing businesses so you can have the right conversations
    • Hear how other manufacturing SMEs are making data systems work for them, including a team that has already increased their business’s competitiveness and resilience

Digital Steps template

All courses within this certificate are accompanied by an interactive ‘Digital steps’ template which will help you to apply your learning and conclusions to your own business context and situation. This personalised resource will help you to determine what to do next and to identify the most relevant references and support avenues to help you achieve this.

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Next steps

This is the second in a series of three courses that comprise our Practical Steps to Digitalising Your Business Certificate, which can be purchased as a bundle here.

By the end of Step 2, you’ll be ready to start developing a bespoke pathway based on your insights into your own business’s data strengths and needs, which is the focus of Step 3 – Developing Your Digitalisation Action Plan.

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