Two steps ahead: How leadership succeeds in digital transformation


Does it need a new generation of IT managers
CIO 4.0 - Do we need a new generation of IT managers for networking and automation? 

"If I stop, I fall behind." The old running slogan of the industry sounds very different today: "If you don't go two steps ahead, you fall three steps behind". The digital revolution and with it the profound change in all areas of life and work resembles the triumph of the steam engine in the 19th century - nothing stays the same; Knowledge and inventions accelerate.

The digital transformation has changed the way we understand and deal with illnesses in the long term. Bringing ever more sophisticated digital applications and technologies to market maturity has become the driving force behind the R&D departments in medical technology.

In this way, AI offers advantages that go far beyond traditional diagnostic and clinical techniques. The alliance of man and machine, located in the "Internet of Medical Things" (IoMT), is progressing rapidly. Thanks to a medical technology industry that sets standards worldwide and is one of the frontrunners in global trade, Germany is in the midst of the dynamics of this change. In addition, it is proving to be a good location for establishing high-quality, innovative applications in the healthcare sector.

On the journey of transformation

Products and productions equipped with IT. Horizontal and vertical networking across company boundaries. Visionary medical goals. In today's medtech cyber world, ideally CIOs (all genders) are at the helm, who fully accompany the transformation journey and therefore know where the company is at the moment, also in terms of efficiency, productivity and growth. You understand the automation that is controlled by digital systems and you are close to production or production management.

There are more engineers from mechanical engineering who can score here with their experience and a range of innovative technology concepts. What these CIOs 4.0 have in common psychologically is the power of persuasion and the charisma to accompany the entire workforce on this not always easy journey. If jobs are lost as a result of robotics, the CIO 4.0 looks at where these valuable specialists can be deployed elsewhere in the company and thus not lost. This is lived transformation.

New skills generation

But the biggest challenge: the pace at which everyone has to keep up. Always be at least two steps ahead. If a company does not manage this innovation-hungry pace, it is inevitably subject to global competition. That means leading the way and not chasing others. Germany’s medtech giants have internalized this maxim and are on the lookout for protagonists who understand how to implement the new 4.0 paradigm. The same advice must be given to small and medium-sized companies.

HAGER knows the rapid pace of digital transformation. And HAGER knows the personalities who are willing to change and think quickly. There are no empty phrases behind this, but rather HAGER's many years of experience: Change begins with people. And for the present and future, leaders are needed who can lead through change in tense times. They are communicators, networking masters, human deep learners and visionaries. Without them, the representatives of the new CIO 4.0 generation, the digital pressure to which medical technology is exposed will come to nothing. With fatal consequences.

“Transformation requires a willingness to change. Opening up to the new and shaping it remains the only chance to help set the agenda in global competition.”

Dr. Markus Neumann, Business Unit Manager life sciences & Healthcare

Do you need help hiring CIO and IT experts for Transformation 4.0 and the Internet of Medical Things? Then contact the authors of the article Mr Dr. medical Markus Neumann, Business Unit Manager Life Sciences & Healthcare and Michaela Bender, Manager Healthcare.

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