How Leading Manufacturers Take Digital Transformation by the Horns

The manufacturing industry is in the midst of an unprecedented revolution. Companies are in a period of rapid transition from mass to customized production and, alongside it, from paper-based processes to digital document management systems. This is in response to rising consumer and employee expectations for connected devices—experiences driven by digitization.

From the Internet of Things to machine learning to robots to data, the pace of innovation only continues to increase, and industries like manufacturing are running fast to keep pace.

Although most executives in the industry concede the importance of digital transformation, only 5 percent would say they are Very Satisfied with their progress. They expect improvements to ramp up over the next five years.

These unprecedented changes signal the dawn of a new way of doing things in the manufacturing space, to which global automotive manufacturer Continental can attest.

Nitro Case Study: Continental

In 2010, Continental faced high costs, unwieldy licensing, and limited employee adoption of its legacy PDF solution. This left the majority of the Hanover, Germany-based company’s more than 200,000 workers unable to effectively collaborate on projects, costing valuable time and lost productivity.

Continental sought an alternative PDF solution that was user- and IT-friendly and would allow it to ramp up adoption across the organization.

With Nitro’s straightforward enterprise deployment, Continental was able to roll out the software quickly and efficiently to a much wider user base. The company has since seen significant gains in productivity and reductions in paper use.

“The customer success team has a very good reaction time, compared to other support teams. I can speak to them in English or German, and we are very happy to have a great partnership together.”

—Tobias von der Heydt, IT Contract & License Manager

A New Way to Work

From flexible scheduling to unlimited vacation to paperless offices, the way we work is changing.

Today’s employees want to work smarter, more efficiently, and in support of a tangible mission. Purpose can have more power than paychecks, particularly for millennials. A simplified approach to achieving this mission opens the door for robust creativity and innovation, thus increasing employee satisfaction and giving them incentive to stick with your company.

A 2018 study by human resources software company Zenefits bears this out. One of its key takeaways is that 20 percent of full-time employees across industries lack tools to make their jobs easy and productive. Many leading manufacturers have closed this gap by embracing digital transformation, which has allowed them to allocate resources to take advantage of new technology. Outdated, inefficient document systems may represent an area that could see  improvement from these innovations.

Leading Manufacturers Embrace Digital Change

Digital transformation is at the heart of a massive shift in the development, scalability, and manufacture of products. It combines tried and true methods like machining and molding with next-generation tech like the internet of things and artificial intelligence, resulting in shorter development cycles, optimized supply chains, and lower costs. This optimization can extend to document production and management as well.

Fulfill Your Workplace Potential

Whether your company produces anvils or airplanes, lawn mowers or light-rail, efficient and cost-effective internal document management is a necessary part of successful digital transformation. In the case of Continental, its swift adoption of a PDF productivity solution allowed the company to meet substantial efficiency challenges while saving money and reducing its environmental footprint along the way.
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