In our IDC Manufacturing Insights Worldwide Top 10 Manufacturing Predictions, we highlighted the fact that manufacturers are embarking on the next wave of productivity initiatives. IT is an integral part of manufacturers' productivity improvements - across processes, ecosystems and business networks, individual employees, and managers, as well. The IT organization and its use of IT assets must also be more productive. We believe the adoption of 3rd platform technologies - big data, cloud, mobile, and social - is going to play a big part in the productivity wave. Along the way, these technologies are consuming a growing percentage of ICT budgets. By 2020, IDC expects 40% of all ICT spend to be driven by 3rd platform technologies that today represent just 22% of ICT spend. To identify how manufacturers will adapt their IT investments in the coming year, we've published our Top 10 predictions for the emerging agenda - encompassing the 3rd platform technologies of big data, cloud, mobile, and social, and topics that are changing the way manufacturers buy and use IT, such as environmental sustainability and security/risk.
Our predictions for manufacturers are:
- Manufacturers Kickoff The Next Wave of Productivity via Big Data, Cloud, Mobile, and Social Business
- Manufacturers Emphasize Building Models and Analytics with Big Data Investments
- Manufacturers Seek a Big Picture Perspective through Big Data
- Manufacturers Face A Year of Changing Contracts as They Increase Investments in Cloud Services and Cloud Vendors
- The Hybrid/Public Cloud Increases Its Appeal in Manufacturing
- It's the Rise of the Corporate App Store as Manufacturers Increase Their Use of Mobile Applications
- Manufacturers More Closely Connect Mobile App Requirements with Devices (and Roles)
- The Shift to Social Business Increases Manufacturers' Integration Demands for IT Organizations
- Manufacturers Increasingly See Environmental Sustainability in a New Light That Can Be Summed Up as "The Sustainability-Reputation Relationship: Priceless"
- Security/Risk: Manufacturers Make (and Strengthen) the Connection Between IT and Business Risk
For manufacturers in the coming year, we suggest the following:
- Consider 2013 a "staging year" to prepare for new levels of business productivity and to test new technology
- Exercise some healthy skepticism when reviewing the potential of new technologies, and use your concerns to create use case requirements that make sense for your business (and enhance productivity).
- Evaluate the pros and cons of being an early adopter or a fast follower for new technologies, but recognize the gap is closing between when you can and should invest
- Focus IT on delivering services, not projects, to the business and re-evaluate IT's roles as enabler, enforcer, and leader
- Expect change in the mix of vendors in your IT portfolio, in your sourcing processes, and in how you capture your priorities in your contracts
If you have plans to invest in big data tools, cloud, mobile apps or devices, or social software, tell me about it. You can email me at kknickle.com or leave a comment here at our IDC Insights Community. Happy New Year!