Of all the spin-offs born in the womb of the University of Liège, Pepite was undoubtedly the most intelligent, pointed out a few years ago by the rector of the academic institute, for once rather visionary. However, since 2002 he has been able to grow, develop his services and very quickly take into account the emergence of artificial intelligence, “an essential component of the fourth industrial revolution”. To the point of now pursuing new ambitions and sealing a partnership with Deloitte Luxembourg to enter another dimension.
For 20 years, therefore, “Pepite has been at the service of the industry to help solve problems through data processing. The goal is to make advanced AI data analysis tools accessible to as many people as possible through extremely easy-to-use software. This solution, accompanied by an implementation methodology, makes it possible to make diagnoses in relation to the problems posed and to implement AI on a large scale “, indicates Baptiste Fosseprez, CEO of Pepite. In fact, manufacturers are often overwhelmed by the wave of information generated and the wave of data. And very often it is not known how to treat them effectively or to guess the profit that can be derived from them.
Before, a very large infrastructure was needed to process the data. But two significant advances have shuffled the cards: the increase in computing power and the emergence of the cloud.
“Before, a very large infrastructure was needed to process the data,” continues the CEO. But two significant advances have come to shuffle the cards: the increase in computing power and the emergence of the cloud. Pepite has therefore developed its analytics product into software that its client can use continuously. Put simply, all data, for example from a production line, is swallowed by Pepite’s intelligence, which then provides a diagnosis, points for improvement. “It’s like a black box that swallows all the data, analyzes it and then makes a diagnosis for improvement. Better: we can simulate one scenario or the other and see the effects they have at the production level. This allows to maximize the effects of any action at the industrial process level and to adapt them to the best. “Data processing is obviously at the service of the teams in the field.”
A virtuous circle
This greater productivity is obviously synonymous with greater efficiency, and therefore greater competitiveness for the company. Often with an economic gain, but also a real impact on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a reduction in waste … A virtuous circle that combines economic interests and environmental responsibility. Pepite is not the only one offering this type of service to industries.
“But companies that offer a generic,” no-code “solution like ours are rare.” When Baptiste Fosséprez arrived at Pepite’s head, an observation was made. “We had to change our commercial approach, not only to provide solutions to technical problems, but also to“ business ”problems. We have found that if the exploitation of data through artificial intelligence allows for a noticeable increase in efficiency, it is not enough. In any case, there is a way to do even better taking into account the organizational and human component of the company ”, analyzes Baptiste Fosséprez. This is the whole purpose of the partnership with Deloitte Luxembourg: to offer a complete solution and “go to the end of the process”.
Now our rocket has two phases, and that’s what differentiates us from the others.
While Pepite masters data processing technology, Deloitte has a solid track record in consulting and supporting companies through change. “Our rocket now has two phases, and that’s what differentiates us from the others. The first phase is the technological implementation to collect data, process them and propose efficient solutions. The second step is to propose governance to oversee and exploit this data. Pepite provides an analysis, Deloitte analyzes operations, practices and proposes appropriate solutions. The approach is intended to be holistic “, confirms Baptiste Fosséprez. The data are therefore no longer seen as isolated information, delivered as it is at a given moment with the only password” manage your way “,” but they are placed at the center of the economic reality and at the center of the business reality “.
Nugget analysis, Deloitte advises, but it takes a little longer. “The CEO mentality is really essential. They must be in a positive mood, they must admit the usefulness of data to improve processes, they must be willing to listen to advice. This human dimension is fundamental, because it will be up to these managers to involve the teams on the field in the project ”. Under these conditions, what Pepite offers can become a real financial decision tool: a proposed change on a production line will have such a cost, but also such a long-term effect.
Among the customers of Pepite there are big names in the industry, but also SMEs. There are chemists, metallurgists, paper makers, cement producers, automobile suppliers … while renewable energies offer new opportunities. “We are convinced of the crucial nature of renewable energies and artificial intelligence has a role to play. On peut, par exemple, monitorer les charges sur les roulements d’une éolienne, donc anticiper les effects sur la production ou anticiper des pannes “, concluded Baptiste Fosséprez, convaincu que les plus belles années de Pepite, en association avec Deloitte, sont devant She.
This article was written for the revised edition of Paperjam for November 2022 published October 26, 2022. Magazine content is produced exclusively for the magazine. It is published on the site to contribute to the complete Paperjam archive.
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