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! 

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This IDC Manufacturing Insights blog provides highlights from a recent report that describes 36 specific use cases for digital transformation (DX) that are targeted at delivering greater customer engagement for manufacturers in their respective industries.

The third annual Best Practices in Automotive event in Detroit remains a forum that the automotive industry needs, in this age of disruption, change, and ecosystem evolution. Connected vehicles are today’s reality at different levels of maturity, and fully autonomous vehicles the reality of tomorrow…or at least, sometime between 2022-2025 if vehicle manufacturers’ plans hold true. Open dialog between disrupters from high tech, (start-up) automotive, smart cities, and the disrupted traditional auto industry, is an important vehicle for addressing the complexity and warp speed change that continues in this industry. It’s how ideas are hatched, partnerships are formed, and yes, best practices are shared.

While Ansys, Autodesk, Cadence, Dassault Systems, PTC, and Siemens collectively make up the majority share of the CAD and PLM market, as digitalization and 3rd platform technologies (cloud, mobile, big data/analytics, social) become more prevalently used, there are smaller PLM vendors that have had success over the past three years. This includes companies such as Arena Solutions and Aras Corporation, which both offer configurable product innovation platforms that can scale on their own, or tie into existing, legacy CAD/CAM/CAE and PLM systems as the product development project and program layer. Aras offers their products deployed in on premise and cloud environments (or a mix of the two), while Arena Solutions is 100% SaaS cloud.

PLM and product innovation was not a focus at Infor’s customer event, Inforum, this year per se, however there were multiple related announcements and product advancements that could be nice complements to Infor’s PLM offerings across discrete manufacturing (PLM Accelerate, through their partner Aras), process manufacturing (PLM Optiva), and retail (PLM Fashion).

This IDC Manufacturing Insights blog summarizes some of the key service-related takeaways from our recently published research about our 2017 IDC Product and Service Innovation Survey, where we interviewed 300 US and Canadian manufacturers about their business concerns and priorities as they relate to product and service innovation.

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