Ready, Set, Go? The Status Quo of the German Manufacturing Industry

Written by Vivecca Frank | 2 min read
Published on: June 27th 2022 - Last modified: June 30th, 2022
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Is your company in the automotive and manufacturing industries? Then you know how complex your organization’s business, production, and process flows are. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated this trend. The current challenges facing the industry are even greater. In this blog post, we’ll give you an overview of the current challenges facing the industry and explain what trends the automotive and manufacturing industries can expect in the future, and how you can counteract them in your company.

Whether it’s progressive digitalization, a shortage of skilled workers, or tough competition, the current challenges of the automotive and manufacturing industries are immense. This makes maintenance and further development of the process flows all the more important.

When the industry’s day-to-day manufacturing and mission-critical operations come to a halt this impacts production and supply chains, customer satisfaction, and their competitive advantage. In addition, challenges are posed by growing data volumes, as well as political and societal sustainability aspirations. 

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As a result, many automotive and manufacturing companies are currently looking for a constant engine for change in their organization, to overcome the diverse challenges for their processes, resources, and team members. The following three challenges are some of the biggest hurdles for the industry currently: 

First Challenge: Connecting Sales, Production, and Financial Figures Efficiently 

In times of international competition and volatile customer needs, it is essential to know where which vehicle can best be sold. For this reason, companies in the automotive and manufacturing industries should focus on identifying what is needed and which market has the greatest potential for growth. 

They should then establish agile processes in the sense of “continuous improvement”, so that they can react to new situations and customer requirements in a timely, low-risk, and cost-effective manner. This also enables users to identify and target the causes of inefficiencies based on data. 

Second Challenge: Data Governance and Clear Responsibilities 

Only those who have sovereignty of their data can make well-informed decisions and safeguard the long-term success of their company. And data governance is even more important. 

Industry participants should therefore ask themselves the following question: Who is responsible for their data and who checks that these rules are adhered to in their company? This full transparency across the entire production and supply chain enables them to achieve greater sustainability. 

Third Challenge: Support for Change Management 

If you want to change business processes efficiently, you need a company-wide community that supports this initiative. Without team members’ acceptance, process initiatives in the automotive and manufacturing industries can only be implemented on paper. 

Affected companies should therefore define how they can involve their various teams in their change management efficiently, and from the outset. This enables them to increase adoption of new business processes long-term.  

Reforming Automotive and Manufacturing Industries: How to Get Started 

The challenges currently facing the automotive and manufacturing industries are huge. This makes it all the more important to deal with the hurdles for your company early on, and to develop efficient solutions. If you would like support with transforming the processes of your company in the automotive and manufacturing industries, send us an e-mail or register for a 30-day free trial of our SAP® Signavio® Process Transformation Suite. 

Published on: June 27th 2022 - Last modified: June 30th, 2022