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This blog highlights research that IDC Manufacturing Insights has completed on manufacturers' increasing use of configure, price, quote (CPQ) applications to enhance the customer experience and empower sales channels to sell complex products and services.


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Simulation Driven Innovation

By Jeff Hojlo

I spent a day with Dassault Systemes’ SIMULIA team recently at their headquarters in Johnston, Rhode Island, U.S., on the outskirts of Providence, learning about what it means for a manufacturer to use simulation to accelerate innovation. The day wasn’t only about simulation (also known as CAE – Computer Aided Engineering) tools, however.


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This blog recaps the main messages shared at the recent Siemens Innovation USA event and IDC's analysis of them. The event took place at Siemens Corporate Technology USA headquarters in Princeton, NJ on March 27, 2017.


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I recently published a report that explored the link between connected products and new warranty services that manufacturers can offer. While this market is still developing, IDC Manufacturing Insights sees significant potential in connected warranty services.


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The market for robotics is rapidly growing, which is leading to the emergence, and subsequent maturity, of mobile service robots across a broad range of industries, applications, and use cases. Mobile service robots are gaining ground in areas such as manufacturing, logistics and distribution, hospitality, healthcare, retail, and more. As the market for these robots continues to evolve and these devices are being used in new ways, it becomes important to take a look at what it means to be an autonomous mobile service robot and evaluate the differences relative to the term “autonomous and mobile.”


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As the market for robotics continues to grow, innovators are capitalizing on this growth by developing components, in this case an end effector, that help to give robots a boost in terms of their capabilities. It is such innovations that are capturing the attention of the VC and private equity communities, where 2016 saw an increase of over 100% in the value of investements to robotics related companies reaching over $1.8 billion and 3x increase in the number of deals. The money that is flowing into the robotics market is certainly helping to fuel innovations, such as the RightPick, that are making robotics a viable technology in a broader range of industries and use cases.


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HCL recently announced the closure of the Geometric acquisition 10 months after the initial announcement, bringing discrete manufacturing PLM and engineering services expertise from Geometric together with a broad set of industry coverage, cloud computing data center services, embedded systems, and existing engineering services capabilities from HCL. Geometric states that there is little overlap in customers, and already sees joint opportunity with HCL in the market.

The capabilities and knowledge brought together in this acquisition, namely PLM/engineering services, automotive, high tech, and embedded systems, provide customers with a set of connected products services that can support design through after-market service.


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Cloud PLM Showing Signs of Growth?

By Jeff Hojlo

In our 2017 Product and Service Innovation FutureScape, we predicted that by 2019, 75% of global manufacturers will leverage the cloud for key product innovation processes, and 25% replace their on premise PLM systems.


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The Human Touch in Smart Manufacturing

By John Santagate

Smart manufacturing, industrie 4.0, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have been the focus of manufacturing initiatives lately. A big part of these ideas is to "connect" the manufacturing process through the use of sensors and connected equipment. With smart manufacturing, it is all about leveraging these connections to deliver a more granular level of understanding about the manufacturing process through data capture and analytics of the manufacturing equipment. But what about the processes that are conducted by human hands? As much as manufacturers continue to automate the manufacturing process through robotics and automation equipment, many environments and processes still require a human physically putting something together or physically doing something. Traditionally, these processes would be "disconnected" and managed largely through paper. To address the challenges associated with managing, analyzing, and optimizing such processes, a start-up out of Somerville Massachusetts has developed a technology that augments the human operator to deliver digital transformation of the human element of manufacturing.


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CES 2017 Implications for Manufacturers

By Jeff Hojlo

IDC recently sent a team of analysts to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, NV, the 50th edition of the event, to see the latest and greatest in consumer technology, and how this continues to change our personal lives, business connections, and everyday experiences.



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