#Assessment Voucher: 1st stage – Digitalisation assessment

In this part we will look more closely on Digitalisation Assessment.

There are many different digitalization solutions available, digital twinning is only one of them. SMEs are often focused on running the daily business and lack the time to immerse themselves in all available options. However, when an SME wants to invest in digitalization, they need to understand how their business can benefit from these solutions.

For this reason, the Change2Twin assessment starts with evaluating the digitalisation status of the SME in relation to its strategy. For this the certified DIHs first need to understand the SME’s current situation and their future business ambitions. The key input to evaluate this information are the KPIs that the SME wants to improve in the future. The assessment then links the business needs to the most relevant digital transformations and indicates the relevance of digital twinning as a specific solution to achieve the business ambitions.

If the relevance seems medium or high, the SME is advised to continue with the second assessment stage to check the readiness of the business for Digital Twinning.

But if the resulting relevance of digital twinning is low, the SME is advised to continue with other digitalisation aspects of the business first. The DIH should help the SME in this case to find other, more relevant digitalisation possibilities.

The digitalization assessment is meant to be carried out by the DIH in an interview with at least one contact person of the SME, preferably management level or at least someone who if fully aware of the business status and strategy. Preferably this assessment is carried out at the SME’s premises.

In order to structure and guide this assessment interview a dedicated tool was created – the Change2Twin Compass Tool. The Compass Tool covers areas like current status, future ambitions, digital transformation and digital twinning.

For more details about the Compass Tool, please consult the Document “Definition of Asssessment Steps and Guidelines”. There, in section 4.1 you will also find a (fictive) case study.

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