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Publication . Conference object . Article . Other literature type . 2022

Quantitative modelling of the value of data for manufacturing SMEs in smart service provision

Meierhofer, Jürg; Benedech, Rodolfo Andres; Schweiger, Lukas; Barbieri, Cosimo; Rapaccini, Mario;
Open Access
Published: 08 Feb 2022
Publisher: EDP Sciences
The provision of advanced services becomes a relevant differentiation for manufacturing companies, in particular for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises). These services, also referred to as smart services, require the collection and processing of data from equipment, customers, and processes, as well as the development of analytics models and the interpretation of their results for improved service value propositions. These steps require significant engagement of the firms in terms of technical and human resources, skills, and new types of value creation processes, which is a major hurdle especially for SMEs. As the value that can be achieved when leveraging the information inherent in the data is not known a priori, the enterprises are not sufficiently informed for taking the decision to engage. Consequently, they are missing out on relevant business opportunities due to a lack of quantitative models for assessing the value of data. In this paper, we discuss the existing literature on data valuation models and explore the state of practice through an interview-based field study. We develop a model for the utility-based valuation of data that helps companies expand their fund of knowledge and skills about the value of their data and thus make better-informed investment decisions. A simulation-based model is developed to support companies in this assessment by providing quantitative insights in the value potential of the data in various use cases. This model opens a series of new research questions for the further elaboration of the data valuation models.

Value, Data-driven service, Quantitative modelling, Simulation modelling, 658.403: Entscheidungsfindung, Informationsmanagement, SME; data monetization; data valorization; smart services