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October 21, 2016

Manufacturing Day, Every Day

Kimberly KnickleManufacturing Value Chain

This IDC Manufacturing Insights blog contains thoughts and statistics about the manufacturing industry in honor of the recent Manufacturing Day on the October 7th, first Friday in October.

This IDC Manufacturing Insights blog highlights recent announcements from SAP on its 5-year, €2 billion investment plan to accelerate innovation in its Internet of Things portfolio.

Ideation has long existed separately from the rest of the product lifecycle, managed and used by marketing, product management, and maybe sales. Connected everything (products, manufacturing, supply chain, service) is changing that, as is dynamic demand in highly competitive, local markets around the world. Ideation is a key component of a product innovation platform, and a key reason why manufacturers move to a platform approach – so they can handle changing, unique, customized demand.

The rapidly growing market for robotics continues to attract new entrants as both demand for high quality robots increases and the technology to deliver robotics improves. The latest company to announce entry into the space is Sharp. Sharp has introduced a new division focused on robotics, Sharp Robotics Business Development (SRBD), and has come to market with its first offering focused in the field of security. The Intellos Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) is a rugged mobile robot designed to augment security staff with an abundance of sensors, cameras, and the capability to traverse rugged terrain.

I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable session on enterprise security at the IDC Digital Summit in New Delhi, India just about one month ago. I left the energetic discussion thinking about what security means to innovation.

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