Key themes woven into our worldwide manufacturing top 10 predictions for 2017 include the need for digital transformation, new ways of innovating, more integrated IT and operations, business security, and rethinking the future of workforce. While the predictions offered here largely focus on the near term to midterm (2017–2020), the impact of many of these predictions will be felt for years to come. Most of our predictions refer to a continuum of change within the wider ecosystem of the manufacturing industry and global economy.
- Prediction 1: By 2020, manufacturing operations will be at the front end of business transformation projects for 70% of manufacturers.
- Prediction 2: By 2018, 50% of manufacturers will realize their need to hire technology-savvy and entrepreneurial shop-floor workers and re-train existing ones.
- Prediction 3: By 2018, how to achieve manufacturing intelligence in a quality centric, connected and outsourced world will be the key pain point for 60% of COOs to solve.
- Prediction 4: By 2019, machinery OEMs will become a key supplier of IT applications for 30% of manufacturers.
- Prediction 5: By 2019, 70% of manufacturing operation tasks will be start being dynamically automated to help companies “re-lean” their operations.
- Prediction 6: By 2019, 25% of companies will use intelligent robots and RPA to provide actionable intelligence to factory managers and coordinate production planning and execution processes.
- Prediction 7: By 2020, 3D printer-enabled contract manufacturers, 3PLs, and micro-factories will enable 40% of manufacturers to merge production and logistics.
- Prediction 8: By the end of 2017, 60% of manufacturers will shift the focus of their IoT projects from sensors and connectivity to platform and analytics.
- Prediction 9: By 2020, 70% of manufacturers will rely on cloud-enabled MES powered by cognitive and machine learning analytics as the main source of truth for their plant processes.
- Prediction 10: In 2017, only 20% of companies will be able to bypass cyber security issues and reach full IT / OT integration.
Today we are witnessing a big transformation. The process of creating and connecting smart factories is generating new needs for modern organizations. Manufacturers will realize that factories have to support the whole business model innovation and as such, they will achieve value creation in the factory only by deep process and data integration. The capability to collect, analyze data and provide the derived insights immediately will be a revolution in support of these targets. Our predictions create a framework for IT and line-of-business executives to plan and execute technology-related initiatives in the year ahead.
Guidance for IT and Business Leaders
To learn how you can apply these predictions to your business, please refer to the guidance outlined for each prediction found in the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Operations Technology 2017 Predictions report (Documenton IDC.com).
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