In an ever-changing digital economy, it is inevitable that the design, make up and mix of physical assets will need to evolve, as will the digital decisions being made to support that evolution.
Already we are seeing data and technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, augmented reality and automation changing the game when it comes to the digital management of physical assets, and how we collect, analyse and visualise asset information.
Across the world we are seeing the combination of some of these technologies give rise to powerful digital twins, which more deeply link the physical and digital to help organisations transform insights into value.
These technologies make the physical world digitally visible. They enable proactive management of existing and new assets to make them more efficient and reliable. They provide connectivity, real-time visibility, a single source of truth and accountability.
Developing a digital view of assets is ultimately a risk mitigation strategy. With little information about what is happening across a network of assets, organisations may be unknowingly exposed to huge risk, even more so as the network ages.
Lack of information creates uncertainty, making effective decision making and risk taking unnecessarily challenging and stressful.
Aggregating and making sense of information to enable better informed decision making is where significant opportunity exists for many organisations.