Setting the context
According to the Worldwide Digital Transformation Spending Guide from theInternational Data Corporation (IDC), digital transformation accounted for almost $1,800 billion in 2022, an increase of 17.6% on 2021. These staggering investments indicate that companies around the world are adopting a major pace of change in terms of their digital maturity.
There is every reason to believe that this "3rd industrial revolution" offers Canadian companies access to opportunities for growth and innovation. However, it is clear that these opportunities are not being seized in Canada, especially in the manufacturing sector. Studies conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have revealed that "Canada's manufacturing sector is still lagging behind other countries in the Western world in terms of productivity".
In Quebec, most industries are lagging in terms of digitization between Industry 3.0 and Industry 4.0. This phenomenon makes our companies vulnerable to their international competitors whose internal and external operations are more digitized.
Currently, large amounts of information and data are still on paper or in machines, where their potential is not being exploited. Furthermore, between 2017 and 2019, less than 10% of Canadian businesses reported using artificial intelligence according to Statistics Canada.
The manufacturing sector is the one most affected by the consequences of this digital gap. In order to promote the benefits of this digital transformation, Laval économique wishes to highlight different avenues of innovation. The TEMMRA model will help our team and associated academics to raise the most promising ones.
First, we will conduct an analysis in order to identify the various issues present in the Laval area.
Once a compelling issue is identified, we bring stakeholders together to gather their solutions.
The selected solutions must be tested in a real context on the Laval territory, supervised by the researchers.
After a successful test, the team evaluates the conditions for success to encourage investors to support future efforts.
Measuring digital maturity and transformation
Next steps :
- Develop and test a measurement tool for the level of digital maturity of companies.
- Draw a comparative portrait between the digital maturity of Ville de Laval and that of other Canadian cities.
- Create a digital competency index and expand the measurement instrument to adapt it to the sectoral level.
- Develop and test a self-assessment platform for digital skills and practices related to digital literacy.
- Establish an ecosystemic sectoral roadmap that ensures alignment between technologies and competencies.