You know the old saying that “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? With all of the challenges the manufacturing sector has had to contend with lately, there should be plenty of ingredients on hand for a bumper crop of lemonade:

  • For starters, there’s been a workforce shortage for many years. A recent Deloitte report projects a shortfall of over 2 million workers in U.S. manufacturing by the end of the decade.
  • Add to that the continuing challenges almost everybody is facing with the instability of their supply chain.
  • The threats from cyber attacks are on the rise, bringing with it a heightened need for vigilance and preparedness in the event of an actual breach.
  • Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are increasingly under scrutiny, but many companies fall short in their ability to document their successes in these arenas or analyze areas needing improvement and modify their workflows accordingly.

To improve their agility in responding to these challenges, many manufacturers are pursuing “smart factory” (and other digital technology) initiatives. As the Deloitte report puts it, “organizations are making progress and seeing results from more connected, reliable, efficient, and predictive processes at the plant. Emerging and evolving use cases can continue to scale up from isolated in-house technology projects to full production lines or factories, given the right mix of vision and execution.”

Zinier’s own solutions help enterprises achieve these goals with a unique combination of ready-to-use applications and no-code customization capabilities that provide unlimited flexibility to tailor and update your workflows to meet your precise requirements – no matter how your needs may change or what curveballs you may need to field in the future.

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An important first step in putting together that “right mix” that Deloitte describes is to take stock of exactly where you are right now in the journey toward the vision and execution that will provide you with the tools, processes, and agility your operations need.

It can be difficult to even think about the fancy footwork and agility when you’re still reeling from the disruptions resulting from the pandemic, supply chain crises, and upheaval in the workforce. But the good news is that once you have a clear sense of exactly where you are on your journey to digital agility, the next steps can quickly come into focus.

Introducing…the Z-Scale

To help you crystalize your plan to optimize your field service performance, we’ve developed a quick (2 minutes) and easy (multiple choice questions) assessment tool that helps you pin down where you are on what we call the Z-Scale of digital agility. Are you crawling? Walking? Or already zipping around the skies doing fancy footwork as you fly through the air with the greatest of ease?

You know how temperatures are measured on the Fahrenheit or Celsius scale, and earthquakes are measured on the Richter scale, right? Well, the Z-Scale pegs your position on your journey to digital agility and optimum field service performance. Just answer a handful of questions and we’ll give you an instant assessment of your current capabilities and what your ideal next steps should be.

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