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The “Long Night of Industries” at the Deloitte Digital Factory

The Deloitte Digital Factory was one of almost 100 companies and institutions from diverse industrial sectors that participated in the eighth “Long Night of Industries” to make industry come alive. More than 4.000 visitors in total explored the various facets of manufacturing.

From Julia Kluger

The Deloitte Digital Factory participated in the “Long Night of Industries” and granted a look behind the scenes of digital workplaces. The focus was on questions like “Which future technologies and innovations are available?”, “How can Deloitte help clients with their digital transformation?” and “What are the risks of the digitalization?”

The vision of future manufacturing scenarios and digitalization were brought to a variety of people from age sixteen to eighty, from no degree to PhD.

During the “Long Night of Industries”, the visitors went through three exemplary digital challenges along the supply chain: Manufacturing 4.0, Blockchain and Cyber Security. The first station focused on the assembly process and the differences between traditional manufacturing and the digital approach by working with robots, integrating products of 3D printing and using augmented reality glasses. The digitized data provides clear guidance and enhance automated planning. Thus, digitalization can reduce supply chain errors and increase efficiency.

The Blockchain presentation demonstrated how to create value by tracking the production process and location – even in the aftermarket – and to prevent criminals from bringing counterfeits in the supply chain. The technology also detects illegal subcontracting activities. Deloitte’s Blockchain solutions can be integrated with the enterprise architecture to fit within the corporate workflows. Smart contracts have a huge potential to automate processes such as quality checks, accountancy and purchase settlement.

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The expert from the Deloitte Cyber Security team, Victor Brinkhege, drew attention to the importance of preventing cyber risks, as the amount of cyber-attacks is increasing. The consequences are productive loss, financial and reputational damage. To gain a better understanding of the large negative effects: 83% of the companies notice multiple cyber-attacks within one month, half of them even daily (Deloitte Cyber Security Report 2017). A damage of 43.300.000.000 Euro occurs in the last two years in Germany due to such attacks (Bitkom Study 2018). Thus, a holistic cyber security strategy is essential to be one step ahead and provide an effective cyber readiness. This strategy does not only consider technical solutions, but also the organization, the processes and a human firewall.

The “Long Night of Industries” is a big opportunity to highlight the experience and knowledge of the Digital Factory. Deloitte develops customized solutions with its clients in workshops and trainings in order to expand their digital potential. Concrete visions, market models and action patterns are based on a reliable assessment to create transparency regarding the benefits and costs of the digitalization. “[…] Because in the end this is crucial to successfully implement a digital transformation”, says Britta Mittlefehldt, Senior Manager, Deloitte Digital Factory.