Süße, Marian; Münnich, Marc; Stange, Maximilian; Roth, Lukas; Ihlenfeldt, Steffen

Manufacturing enterprises are increasingly confronted with multidimensional requirements at the intersection of digitization and the environmental impacts of production. Current technological developments comprise large potentials for increased efficiency and new business models but at the same time organizations ought to prepare their processes in order to cope with rising and volatile energy prices. Hence, all levels in an organizational decision hierarchy require an integrated tool chain in order to derive effective measures. Manifold versions of separate readiness models to either examine the current state in digitization or to analyze energy management tasks have been developed. However, for the identification of the levers in both dimensions efficient tools are required. With the presented SME-focused maturity level model we propose a tool that is capable to make the discrepancy between the current state and possible target states transparent. With this we aim to close the gap between strategical, tactical and operational levels. The maturity model lets us define an aspired target state which is deduced from the current state and future requirements. Therefore, it allows the assessment for individual companies. Even more important weights the outlined target state as it promotes innovation. This means the utilization of developing technologies in order to reach that state with increasing cost effectiveness. This is especially meaningful as to overcome the perception of digitalization as an end in itself. The model with regard to digitization-aspects has already been proven to be applicable and effective in workshops with small and medium sized enterprises. With the extension towards energy and sustainability-related categories, companies receive an interactive tool that may prospectively be made available as a web-based assessment tool.