Digital sobriety

Digital sobriety Agency Consulting firm Experts Specialists Consultancy

Maximize the positive impact of digital technologies in your activities

Digitization is known as a driver of economic and social development. However, in terms of environmental transition, the carbon footprint of digital technology is far from neutral due to massive energy consumption and the use of non-renewable resources it entails. Therefore, it is necessary to adopt a sobriety approach to reduce this impact. In this context, Alcimed supports its clients in their projects aimed at integrating digital ecology into their environmental transition roadmap.

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    The challenges related to digital sobriety

    The expansion of digital usage leads to undesirable effects such as an increase in energy consumption and the use of raw materials that can cause conflicts over resources (e.g., rare metals), increasing greenhouse gas emissions, and a multiplication of electronic waste.

    The challenges of making the digital sector more sustainable and responsible include limiting the overall carbon footprint, making the digitalization of companies and public organizations sustainable, and rethinking individual usage patterns in a rational manner.

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      How we support you in your projects related to digital sobriety 

      With over 30 years of experience in innovation and new market development, Alcimed is particularly well-positioned to explore the subject of digital ecology with our clients.

      Our team works on diverse subjects such as identification and characterization of low tech technologies, designing RSE roadmaps including aspects of digital responsibility, searching for partners, analyzing user pathways, building value propositions, evaluating business cases, and other projects centered around transitioning towards digital ecology.

      The diversity of our clients (including industry leaders, health tech companies, academics, institutions, and others), the geographic areas we explore, and the types of projects we carry out give us a global and in-depth understanding of the problems and challenges linked to digital sobriety.

      Examples of recent projects carried out for our clients in digital sobriety

      • Digital transformation of industrial sites for a pharmaceutical player

        Alcimed helped a major pharmaceutical company in defining their strategy for four of their industrial sites.

        In this context, we started by carrying out a benchmark of similar players who had carried out digital transformation projects in their factories. In parallel, our teams built a roadmap of the equipment used (or that could be used) in their industry. The diagnostic of the four factories allowed for the prioritization of challenges to be addressed and for an in-depth investigation of potential solutions.

        The result for our client? A clear responsible digitalization strategy, with a prioritization of first proof of concept initiatives and their associated deployment roadmaps.

      • Opportunity evaluation and partner search in the field of teletherapy

        We worked with one of our clients, a leading company in the healthcare industry, in evaluating a strategic opportunity in the market of speech disorders.

        To do so, our team conducted a literature review and targeted interviews to identify the main actors, and in order to understand and evaluate the market of teletherapy for speech and language disorders. We interviewed potential partners to understand their solutions and their current business models in order to explore a potential partnership for our client.

        At the end of the project, our client could short-list partners with responsible practices, meet with them, and make a business deal with one of them.

      • Development of a “customer-centric” digital strategy for an industry player

        Our client, a major industry player, aimed to become “fully customer-centric”, putting the client at the center of their attention at every level of their business.

        To support this vision and contribute to their roadmap, we carried out an investigative benchmark of the digitalization of customers relations (both in and outside of the client’s sector) and of the interaction with their customers in Europe and the US.

        Our work allowed us to challenge the first ideas of our client by integrating a more responsible dimension, and by transforming their vision into an operational plan of action.

      • Analyzing the environmental impact of the transformation of a clinical development model to a completely digital model

        Alcimed supported a leading pharmaceutical company to analyze the environmental impact of their initiative to digitalize their clinical trials.

        This project helped to define a comparative model between different modes of clinical trials, by analyzing the life cycles of different activities, including movement and transport, waste elimination, and the production and storage of data.

        This model brought to light the differences in impact on the climate, as well as on human health, usage of resources (fossil fuel, raw mineral materials, water), and even on biodiversity.

        Our work allowed our client to identify and put in place a plan of action to reduce the environmental impact of digital clinical trials across the world.

      • Benchmark of digital solutions used in the agricultural sector for field cultivation

        We worked with a digital player to draw up a snapshot of the current landscape of digital solutions used in the agricultural sector, in particular for field cultivation and viticulture.

        We were able to provide an exhaustive overview of existing solutions and to select several players of interest for a more in-depth characterisation of their digital solutions and strategies.

        This information enabled our client to adapt and expand its offering over the medium term.

      • Assessment of the carbon impact of a manufacturer's new digital equipment

        In order to improve the performance of its equipment and offer new services to its customers, a manufacturer wanted to add a digital layer to the equipment it was producing and be able to use the data. However, they were also concerned about the carbon footprint of the new equipment and the digital overlay.

        We therefore helped this player to study the impact of this digitalisation, aimed at replacing mechanical components with IT components (such as servers), by establishing different development scenarios.

        We helped them optimise their IT installations and define action plans to limit the carbon footprint of the new intelligent equipment.

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