Digital Strategy Provides $15M in Net Present Value

The Challenge

Our client a leading electronic manufacturing company wanted to effectively facilitate collaboration amongst stakeholders across the organization and automate the process of managing projects. The biggest challenge here was that most of these projects go on for over a year and the quantum of documents generated over the life of the project is humungous. This made it difficult for stakeholders to find the latest version of documents and collaborate. 

Additionally, because of the huge number of tasks to be performed by different functional units across the organization and geographies as the project progresses through various stages, the next biggest challenge was around the assignment and tracking tasks.  Most of this tracking and assignment used to happen over excel sheets making the process manual and cumbersome. The client wanted our help to identify ways the entire process could be automated making it easier for managers and leadership to track progress and mitigate risk. The client wanted iLink’s help with identifying solutions that would address these challenges.

Our Approach

iLink’s digital strategy team conducted a weeklong workshop wherein our experts met with the various stakeholders, conducted interviews to understand the process, challenges, goals, and identify areas of improvement. 

After interviewing the various stakeholders iLink architected four possible solution approaches that would address the key objectives of the client – convenience, transparency, scalability and efficiency. To give a holistic view we provided solutions that were a combination of technology built on Microsoft and Non-Microsoft stack.

Outcome

Our team began by using an angular application to build and configure the client’s site design in Azure IoT Hub and OSIPI to receive real-time data from the field.  

Thingworx dashboard portal was created to monitor the real-time data and everything was then stored in centralized Cosmos DB in Azure. 

We then utilized windows applications to configure existing devices and maintain an inventory of said devices. This application also was applied to Commission Devices and Gateways from inventory to customers.  

The POC Phase will last 3 months with the first phase of implementation lasting 6 months.