Digitalization continues to be a major strategy to raise the productivity and competitiveness of industries. According to a WEF survey in 2021 on SMEs in ASEAN countries, more than 85% of SME owners recognized the importance of digitalization in business
operations and postpandemic economic recovery. Digitalization of SMEs in the manufacturing sector is especially crucial as it helps to optimize their resources while facilitating deeper integration in supply chains for greater efficiency in the
economy. Digital upgrading in manufacturing has therefore become indispensable.
However, SMEs face constraints due to lack of awareness, resources, and technical capacities. An OECD publication in 2021 indicated that SMEs lagged behind larger enterprises. Now that cost-effective IoT technologies and AI solutions are available on
the market, new opportunities have emerged for SMEs to leapfrog in their digital transition.
This e-course will impart fundamental knowledge of digital transformation for SMEs in the manufacturing sector with the introduction of IoT, AI, and robotic applications as references for initiating their digital upgrading.
The main objectives of this course are:
This e-learning course will cover the following modules:Module 1: IoT and digital transformation in the manufacturing sector Module 2: Applying IoT technologies Module 3: Leveraging the power of AI Module
4: Applications of industrial robots in SMEs Module 5: Good practices of SME digital innovation in Japan