The digital shift impacts all dimensions of the company and requires strong change management and program management support. On this basis, any transformation must have a two-fold goal: operations improvement and capitalizing on the new possibilities offered by digital development.
A structured roadmap is mandatory, integrating an approach utilizing Proofs of Concept and pilots to validate that operations are not adversely impacted. The complexity of delivery will also depend on the chosen scope: retrofitting a Brownfield plant is much more complicated than augmenting a Greenfield project. To this end, the main characteristic of any program to implement digitization should be that it is an evolving system which will be optimized over time (including predictive models and Artificial Intelligence).