TÜBİTAK and Boğaziçi University Collaborates for Digital Transformation in SMEs

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TÜBİTAK TÜSSİDE and Boğaziçi University signed a cooperation protocol for applying the “D3A Digital Transformation Assessment Tool” developed by Boğaziçi University Industry-4.0 Platform to SMEs through TÜBİTAK Turkish Institute of Management Sciences (TÜSSİDE).

The protocol was signed on October 23, 2020 at TÜSSİDE by TÜBİTAK President Prof. Hasan MANDAL and Boğaziçi University Rector Prof. Mehmed ÖZKAN.

The signature ceremony was attended by Prof. Hasan MANDAL, Prof. Mehmed ÖZKAN, TÜSSİDE Director İsmail DOĞAN, Boğaziçi University Industry-4.0 Platform Chairman and Faculty Member of Computer Engineering Prof. Lale AKARUN, Advisor to the Rector and Faculty Member of Industrial Engineering Department Prof. Necati ARAS.

A roadmap for SMEs

The “D3A Digital Transformation Assessment Tool” developed by Boğaziçi University Industry-4.0 Platform offers a detailed roadmap for the digital transformation of SMEs making up 99% of the Turkish industry.

With D3A, which focuses on five dimensions -organization, customer, product development, supply chain and production management-, SMEs will be able to identify their needs and carry out digital transformation processes smoothly.

We are happy to work with Boğaziçi

Speaking at the signing ceremony of the cooperation protocol for the application of the D3A Digital Transformation Assessment Tool to SMEs through TÜSSİDE, TÜBİTAK President Prof. Hasan MANDAL expressed his happiness in doing business with Boğaziçi University.

Prof. MANDAL said, “Digitalization is a very wide field, however Boğaziçi University has already created its own original model on this subject with its academic competence. The combination of Boğaziçi University, which foregrounds digital transformation of the private sector and SMEs by focusing on the needs of the country, and TÜSSİDE, which has an important role in the implementation of this process, is one of the best examples of the new knowledge production method. Moreover, the inclusion of students -the human resources of the future- in the projects will allow them to face with real problems. This was made possible by the combination of two institutions that know and trust each other. We extend our thanks to everybody spending effort in this process.”

We want to spread the transformation throughout Turkish industry

Boğaziçi University Rector Prof. Mehmed ÖZKAN emphasized, in his speech at the signature ceremony, that digital transformation has become even more important today. Stating that this cooperation is a fruit of the combination of long years of experience of the two institutions, Prof. ÖZKAN added: “Boğaziçi University's work on digital transformation is not the result of a reflex specific to pandemic era. We have already achieved a level of maturity owing to our studies led by our academics both with TÜBİTAK and with other industrial and technological organizations, and now, we would like to spread this maturity to the whole Turkish industry. We believe that the cooperation we establish today will be an important step in this direction.”

Stating that digital transformation will start from small organizations and spread throughout the country as a process that needs to grow from micro to macro level, Prof. ÖZKAN said, “This process involving many fields from technology to sociology is a part of the transformation that will affect the entire industrial ecosystem of the country. I would like to express my best wishes on our cooperation and extend my thanks to everybody spending effort for it”.