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Your
Future
Job?
Gary L. Parr
Editorial Director

Digital transformation
will likely change your
job. Develop the skills
now so you're ready
when change comes.

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UR LEAD FEATURE this
month, "AI is Not a Job-Killer"
(p. 10), addresses the still-prevalent question about whether digital transformation is going to eliminate jobs. The
answer is no. The "but" that goes with this
"no" is "the technology will change jobs."
This raises the obvious question: To what?
The people at Deloitte, New York (deloitte.
com), reply with a list of four "personas"
that describe what jobs could look like in
2028:
Digital-twin engineer creates a virtual representation of the physical elements
and dynamics of how an IoT-connected
product operates and interacts within its
environment, throughout its entire life cycle.
These engineers can virtually see inside any
physical asset, system, or structure and help
to optimize design, monitor performance,
predict maintenance, and improve the overall
experience. Digital-twin engineers must be
proficient in creating virtual replicas of major
industrial products and helping companies
predict and respond to customer problems
using real-time data analysis and advanced
technologies.
Predictive-supply-network analysts are a
connected and integrated part of the broader
digital supply network (DSN). Skilled in data
sciences and big-data modeling techniques,
they use digital tools to move materials and
finished goods through the DSN for justin-time deliveries. These analysts rely on
machine learning and cognitive computing
to calibrate demand and supply to maximize customer satisfaction, productivity,
and margin. They have expertise in multiple
analytics platforms, predictive technologies,
machine-learning tools, and connected
inventory management. They help companies achieve optimal inventory and network
health management through ongoing and
anticipated supply-demand scenarios.

Robot-teaming coordinator (RTC) trains
humans and robots to work together collaboratively. RTCs are an evolution of the typical
process engineers and change-management
experts. They usually design business processes that integrate robotics into production
and distribution operations while considering
the enduring human skills that employees
bring to the value stream. The RTC applies
a mix of digital, social, and human skills to
enable humans and robots to leverage each
other's strengths for increased productivity
and growth.
Digital-offering manager (DOM). Fast
forward to 2025 and big data is the new
normal and growing exponentially. With a
plethora of customer data at their disposal,
companies have started using it to create
customized data offerings, leading to demand
for professionals known as digital-offering
managers. DOMs have evolved from the
product-manager career path. Their key
responsibilities revolve around identifying
and creating new product offerings for companies that are entirely digital-built from
data, code, analysis, and delivered virtually-making them distinctly different from
the physical products a company traditionally
makes. The role requires proficiency in networking and sales, client management, crossteam collaboration, project management,
and problem solving to generate new data
offerings and business expansion opportunities for the company.
If you're wondering about what your
manufacturing future holds, these four job
categories might offer food for thought.
There's considerable more detail about each,
including skills and tools you'll need to be
successful. If you want to learn more, go here:
https://bit.ly/2DCzJDe
These sound like fun and challenging
careers. If only I were 40 years younger . . . EP
gparr@efficientplantmag.com

APRIL 2019


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