PWC has published a study in which they interviewed 1,155 manufacturing executives in 26 countries to develop an index that ranks companies by digital operations maturity, from Digital Novices, Digital Followers, Digital Innovators to Digital Champions.
Out of that study, they developed a blueprint as to how companies can build themselves into digital champions, a distinction that only 10% of companies hold.
Digital champions are defined in the study as companies that have fully integrated digital technology into their systems end-to-end. They analyzed the data according to four ecosystems, which were Customer Solutions, Operations, Technology and People. It's important to note that these are not separate systems in the conventional sense but rather layers of systems within the company. Integration using digital technology is the key.
"Digital Champions distinguish themselves by advancing their capabilities through all four ecosystem layers, creating an organizational environment that takes the greatest advantage of the opportunities from digitization."
They found that companies in the Asia-Pacific area have the most leaders.
The report is available on the PWC website.