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Manufacturing Value Chain

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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).


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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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The next five years and beyond will be extremely interesting in the automotive space as technology and partner ecosystems continue to evolve, government regulation and public debate heats over autonomous vehicles, and the concept of driving a car is redefined. In the short term, automotive manufacturers will need to focus on development and integration of the platforms necessary for the varied set of internal and external constituents within their ecosystems to easily collaborate during design, development, delivery, and service of the connected, and autonomous, vehicle experience.


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This blog highlights some of the themes that are intersecting today within large organizations as part of digital transformation, namely how innovation and technology can come together to create new value for manufacturers in the service lifecycle to deliver to customers.


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Virtual models of products and assets – now more commonly known as digital twins - have been used by designers and engineers in concert with simulation to meet product and production requirements for years. The opportunity with “digital twins” is to take these virtual models and extend them to the rest of the team, outside of engineering, involved with product design and development, as well as production and operations.


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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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