Schneider Electric, the global leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, released the Global Digital Transformation Benefits Report 2019, presenting concrete evidence of the power of digitisation across the spectrum of global industry, commerce and the public sector. This evidence takes the form of deep, quantifiable, business benefits derived from a repository of 230 customer projects Schneider Electric completed in the last five years across 41 countries – all employing the company’s architecture and platform, EcoStruxure.
The goal for this report is to provide readers with a useful and realistic benchmark on digital transformation’s potential in energy management and automation. At the core of this report are 12 key business benefits of digital transformation. These benefits are divided into three categories, each essential to effective marketplace competition: capital expenditure (CapEx), operational expenditure (OpEx), as well as sustainability, speed, and performance. The Report focuses on four key sectors of the economy — buildings, data centres, industry, and infrastructure — all undergoing transformations that will fundamentally change the way people will live, work, and play.
Significant CapEx and OpEx savings
The evidence presented by the Report puts to rest concerns in the market that digital transformation is an expensive Capital Expenditure proposition involving new systems and difficult integration into existing processes. The customer projects studied in the Report demonstrate the opposite.
The study shows that digitisation of engineering processes, for instance, can save businesses and organizations an average of 35 percent in CapEx costs and time optimisation. Further, commissioning costs of new systems and assets can be reduced by an average of 29 percent.
The study also reveals that digitisation, by harnessing IoT, can result in significant savings in Operational Expenditure – leading to step change improvements in efficiency, reliability, safety, and sustainability. Businesses and organisations report an average savings of 24 percent in energy consumption, as a result of digitisation.
In Industrial applications, digital transformation allows businesses to do more with less — more yield with less energy, fewer materials, and fewer labour hours. Increased productivity, up to 50 percent, results from energy management and automation efficiencies across the value chain, from IoT-enabled tracking to automated production lines.
Decades of Experience in Digital Transformation
Schneider Electric has started its digital transformation journey years ago. In 2009, Schneider Electric launched EcoStruxure, its IoT-enabled, plug and play, open, interoperable, architecture and platform.
Now boosted for cloud and digital services, EcoStruxure delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity. EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics and cybersecurity to deliver innovation at every level, from connected products; edge control; and apps, analytics and services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in 480 000+ sites, with the support of 20 000+ system integrators and developers, connecting more than 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services. Building on EcoStruxure, 45 percent of Schneider Electric sales in 2017 were IoT-related.
A larger story emerges from this report about the power of digital transformation in energy management and automation: when businesses digitise both energy management and automation, the two work in concert to drive even greater, unprecedented, value.
‘Digital transformation is the only way of delivering consistency and efficiency across a company. Technologies such as the Internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence and big data analytics are making companies more efficient and innovative, boosting their competitive advantage,’ says Jean-Pascal Tricoire, chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric. ‘Our report indicates that many businesses and organisations need a trusted authority to manage this complexity to unlock the full potential of digital transformation. Our technologies, built on EcoStruxure, harness the power of digitisation, enabling our customers to become more efficient, safe, reliable, connected and sustainable – leaders in the New Digital Economy.’