Wizrom Software: “The pandemic is forcing production companies to rethink their business processes. Digitization and employee health remain this year’s priorities “
Heath of employee, digitalization and reinvention of business processes are the main challenges currently facing companies in the production sector, notes Wizrom Software, one of the most important developers and integrators of business software in Romania.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected many industries, including production businesses, which have forced them to re-establish their strategic objectives and invest in development to support operations. In 2020, many Romanian companies have invested more than ever in digitization, e-commerce and remote work IT solutions, as a result of the changes imposed by COVID-19. The biggest players locally continue to rely on the contribution of technology in 2021, to be prepared and flexible to respond to other possible changes in their environment and way of working, but also to meet customer needs in new ways.
“Manufacturing companies, for which downtime was not an option last year, were among the first to understand the crucial role of technology and invest consistently in IT and software solutions to help them digitize some from processes, to automate activities or to allow, in certain contexts, remote work – all in the interest of maintaining the health of employees, especially those in the first production lines. As the impact of these businesses is very large in the economy, it has become particularly important for them to minimize the main risks they face in this global health crisis and to find ways to adapt their businesses. They are also the ones who, at the moment, are redefining their priorities and approaching new work strategies in their fields ”, explains Adrian Bodomoiu, General Manager within Wizrom Software.
In fact, according to a global survey (“Reinventing the future of manufacturing”) conducted by consulting firm PwC, among operational managers (COOs) of nearly 600 large companies in eight industries in the UK, Germany, USA, China and Japan and published in early March this year, employee health, jobs, competition and digitalization will be the main concerns of production companies in the next six months of the year.
According to the PwC study, 41% of manufacturers cited competitive and business threats as their main concern over the next six months, while 35% of managers expressed concern about the health of their employees and their jobs. 34% of executives mentioned digitalisation as the main challenge for the coming months, and 34% of them specified the safety and sustainability of the businesses they run.
Among the weaknesses mentioned by managers, pointed out in the same study, are the lack of digital supply and e-commerce chains, as well as the lack of smart factories. In terms of digitalization, 70% of companies say that IoT and cloud will be the pillars of manufacturing technology, and about half will give priority to process automation (RPA).
“During the pandemic crisis, many production companies became aware of and put pressure on the speed and efficiency of their business, the importance and quality control, the optimization of processes and production in real time, the digitization of operations and employee development. There were employees who experienced pandemics for the first time, remote work. This global experience, through which we all go through forcibly, determines us to be more and more aware of the benefits of technology, but also of the fact that many businesses can reinvent themselves and redefine their business model”, adds Bodomoiu.
Organizations need to prepare their IT infrastructure to support accelerated digital transformation. A first step within the reach of all companies with significant benefits refers to the implementation of a robust and high-performance ERP, such as WizPro. In the context of production companies, it is used for planning production flows and resources used, monitoring raw material stocks and optimal allocation of resources, inventory of finished products and management of financial aspects. Such an ERP can be further customized for the activity of manufacturing companies by adding a WMS module (warehouse management system), which is a logistics software for warehouses, which manages all operational aspects, from receipt in warehouse to storage processes, to inventory, replenishment management, lifting and packing, loading and delivery, and even more complex features such as billing or transfers between warehouses.
“It is essential that the chosen digitization solutions can be interconnected to create an IT support platform for operations that is comprehensive, scalable and adaptable to the relevant requirements of the company,” Bodomoiu said.
Last but not least, employee health and the transition to a new way of working are among the priorities of production companies, which will focus on improving staff digital skills, finding talent, and flexible work (remote work, flexible hours etc.).
According to the Deloitte Millennial Survey, conducted in two surveys, the first, conducted in 43 countries before the new coronavirus, and the second in 13 countries after the outbreak of the pandemic, and published in March this year, the flexible work schedule would could be a solution to reduce the level of stress that young people feel, given that almost 70% of Millennials and 64% of Generation Z exponents say that the possibility of working remotely in the future would reduce their stress level. .
Wizrom Software believes that new trends create and will create new and new challenges for production companies, which will need to accelerate innovation and focus on digitizing products and services, as well as improving methods and workforce. Many industries will choose the complete customization of business software, depending on the specifics and needs of each company, and the artificial intelligence component will be frequently found in business development.
Wizrom Software is one of the most important developers and integrators of IT solutions for businesses in Romania. The company develops and provides HR software, payroll, accounting and management, automation in sales, production and Business Intelligence (BI). In 2019, Wizrom Software reported a turnover of 5.7 million euros. Currently, Wizrom has over 3,600 active customers and 35,000 licenses installed in very large organizations, with turnovers of over 10 million euros, but also in Small and Medium Business (SMB) companies in almost all industries.