Digital transformation (DX) is the process of using digital technologies to create new business processes, culture, and customer experiences to meet changing business and market requirements.
DX is the comprehensive set of initiatives that enterprises must take in order to benefit from the efficiencies and benefits of Industry 4.0. It is expected that DX will generate over US$10 Trillion of added value over the next ten years.
The Japanese industry is lagging behind many other industrialized countries in DX and Industry 4.0 adoption. METI is concerned about a “2025 Digital Cliff” after which Japan may suffer an economic loss of up to 12 trillion yen per year due to failure to achieve DX. AZCA offers a comprehensive Digital Transformation Practice for Japanese companies. The practice includes:
DX Readiness Assessment: One-week study conducted on site, including a thorough assessment of company DX readiness status, prioritized recommendations, a full report including assessment of company DX readiness with respect to peers in the same industry, and a briefing of findings to senior management.
DX Consulting: Customized 3-6 month long study to prepare a comprehensive DX plan and to implement initial steps for DX in the areas of Operations, Human Resources, Customer Relations, Supply Chain Relations, and Production. Please fill out the AZCA DX survey here: https://azca.survey.fm/dx
IIoT refers to sensors, actuators, and other smart devices networked together with industrial control systems. Common IIoT applications include discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, energy management, and smart cities. The connectivity aspect of IIoT allows for large-scale data collection, data mining, and predictive analytics, resulting in productivity and efficiency improvements as well as other economic benefits.
IIoT is helping transform manufacturing and energy industries which have difficulties due to aging workforces and talent shortage. IIoT can transform traditional, linear manufacturing supply chains into dynamic, interconnected systems. IIoT improves the way products are manufactured and delivered to customers, increasing customer satisfaction, improving product quality, and reducing manufacturing costs.
AZCA’s IIoT Practice helps Japanese industrial partners navigate the complex and confusing world of IIoT. The practice includes:
IIoT Readiness Assessment: a two-week on-site study of company IT and OT systems and production processes designed to highlight areas of rapid improvement and to develop a long-term plan for IIoT integration into current practice
IIoT Consulting: Custom 3-6 month engagements to develop IIoT implementation roadmaps, to identify and foster IIoT technology and deployment partnerships, and to help companies deploy IIoT technologies across the enterprise
After flourishing as a largely academic endeavor for over forty years, AI has emerged as a household term during the last decade.
Advances in AI impact all aspects of business including supply chain management, customer relationships, product development, production, market research, and sales. Companies that use AI technologies effectively are more likely to complete their Digital Transformation and achieve productivity improvements, better customer satisfaction, and higher profits.
With its staff specializing in AI and related technology areas, AZCA is well suited to support corporate clients with their AI projects aimed at business transformation.
There are tremendous advances in life sciences including novel therapeutics, tissue engineering, implantable devices, smart prosthetics, and technologies to help the aging population live healthy and productive lives. With its strong Life Science practice, AZCA helps emerging life science companies outside Japan to establish lucrative markets in Japan, and helps Japanese life science companies source new technologies abroad that could lead to significant competitive advantage.
Recent AZCA engagements in life sciences include:
Business development for a novel therapeutic agent for neurodegenerative disorders in the US
Industry analysis and competitive strategy for ion channel drug discovery
Environmental problems centered on climate variability are becoming more and more serious. AZCA supports business development utilizing elemental technologies including hardware and software for the realization of a recycling-oriented economy, innovative low-carbon technologies for materials, and the realization of smart communities.
Strategy in waste water management and water purification
The use of big data analytics and digital technologies such as blockchain is causing disruptive innovation in traditional financial products and services. AZCA supports clients in areas such as cryptocurrencies, investment / asset management / robo-advisors, and asset management optimization.
Emerging Technologies promise better products and higher revenues, but it might be difficult to differentiate truly revolutionary technologies from hype or science fiction. Examples include highly publicized technologies such as blockchain and quantum computing. With a staff well-versed in various emerging technologies, AZCA could be your partner in identifying companies and partners with effective, practical solutions and avoiding those whose products are not mature or simply deficient. Recent AZCA projects focusing on emerging technology areas include: