Manufacturing Group


Welcome to the Manufacturing Industry Group

Our IDC Manufacturing Insights community has been created to enable you to engage with our manufacturing industry analysts, share your knowledge and best practices, and connect with your colleagues.

  • Participate in the manufacturing discussions in our Blogs or Forums
  • Learn about and share best practices, tips, tricks and tools related to business/technology alignment
  • Network with your colleagues within your industry
  • Provide feedback to IDC's industry analysts and your peers

We welcome your participation! 

analysts blogging about manufacturing

OfflineHeather Ashton
OfflineSheila Brennan
OfflineGuy Courtin
OfflineRobert Eastman
OfflineSimon Ellis
OfflineLeslie Hand
OfflineChristopher Holmes
OfflineKimberly Knickle

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OfflineGuy Courtin
April 8, 2014

The Connected Car - just about safety or is there a commercial play?

Connected, or smart cars, are no longer science fiction. Modern automobiles are being built with a large amount of electronics and connectivity, turning them into more than simple modes of transportation. This past February, the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in a press release that they would be taking the necessary steps to bring vehicle to vehicle (V2V) technology to light vehicles. In their announcement they emphasized the safety benefits that would come from this technology, click here for press release, equating V2V technology to the adoption of seat belts and air bags. But is there an opportunity to monetize this technology for OEMs and other players, or is it really just a safety enhancement?

OfflineKimberly Knickle
April 4, 2014

3D Printing, Digital Execution, and the Manufacturing Renaissance

At our March IDC Directions conference in Boston, I shared the stage with Keith Kmetz, speaking about the growth of the 3D print market and how 3D printing is changing manufacturing. (Bob Parker and Keith presented the same session on the West Coast). This blog highlights some of my presentation and defines some of the implications and considerations for 3D printing in the future.

OfflineMartin Kubáň
April 1, 2014

IT Security And Manufacturing: Making It Work In CEMA

IT security is changing visibly in response to threats arising from the latest technological developments. Organizations must cope with more complex IT environments, including the rapid growth of web-based technologies in business (e.g., cloud computing, social networks, and mobile apps), the expansion of wireless technologies, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, and increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. In March 2014, IDC's prestigious IT Security Roadshow brought together IT professionals, independent experts, and industry leaders to discuss the latest trends and developments that help organizations across all industries to make smart strategic investments in IT security, as well as improve the effectiveness of day-to-day operation. This blog brings a view of this event and presents key messages from conference speakers for manufacturers across Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CEMA).

OfflineS Ramachandran
March 12, 2014

Is M2M just a buzz word in Indian manufacturing?

IDC defines M2M at the highest level as a technology solution that enables seamless and autonomous (without end-user inputs) wired or wireless communication between and among machines — or "things". It is a relatively new area in the Indian industry. In the CIO Summit that IDG/IDC conducted in February in Pune, India where more than 120 CIOs participated from diverse industries, a survey was conducted. 50 CIOs from the manufacturing sector (auto OEM/component suppliers, process industries – oil & gas, dairy, fertilizer, metal, power, cement) shared their thoughts on the current state and future plans for M2M communication.

OfflineMartin Kubáň
March 11, 2014

When it Comes to Cloud, MEA Manufacturing Will Surpass CEE as Enthusiasm Tu…

In terms of IT spending in the CEMA region, manufacturing is expected to invest in new solutions over the next five years, making it one of the strongest vertical markets, with IT spending expected to rise annually by 7% across the region and by more than 8% in the Middle East. These broad numbers belie important regional differences that must be considered when developing an emerging markets strategy. Given the importance of cloud in reshaping how IT is delivered, IDC Manufacturing Insights' Martin Kuban answers key questions about how CEE and MEA differ in terms of attitudes toward cloud, legacy, systems, cloud-specific budgets, and what the future holds.

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