External pressure isn’t always negative—it often becomes the catalyst for innovation. For ICCO, an electronics manufacturer in Romania, the push to innovation came from a client requesting detailed real-time reports, something the company didn’t have the ability to provide using its manual data management system. ICCO knew that the only way it could meet the client’s demand was through digital transformation.
The need for digitalization wasn’t new. The company had been struggling with its inventory count, especially for parts that had to be counted frequently for safe production. Data input was done manually using Excel, including recording the produced boards during and after production. Reporting production issues was also manual, and no traceability data or reports were stored. The system was cumbersome, error-prone and labor-intense.