I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable session on enterprise security at the IDC Digital Summit in New Delhi, India just about one month ago. I left the energetic discussion thinking about what security means to innovation.
As noted in my IDC MaturityScape: Product Innovation Platform report, security is a key part of increasing the maturity of how you use the platform. Any discussion about platforms and collaboration with an extended design, development, and delivery team needs to include discussion about trust, and security – that is, a combination of tools, policies & procedures, governance, and as a collaboration of IT and Line of Business. Not to say security wasn’t previously important to have in place for crown jewel (i.e. product IP) protection, it’s that now the development and innovation process is becoming more open, and there are more players involved, inside and outside the company.
Survey says…Cybersecurity a Top IT Initiative
In fact, for EOVC (Engineering Oriented Value Chain) manufacturers – automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, industrial machinery – cybersecurity is one of the top IT initiatives according to a recent IDC survey.
Top IT Initiatives for Engineering-Oriented Value Chain in Manufacturing
Q. Which of the following will be the top IT initiatives at your organization?
Source: IDC Customer Insights and Analysis Vertical IT and Communications Survey, May 2016
A platform approach to designing, developing, and manufacturing products requires a strong, advanced security approach - from the latest authentication, encryption, and threat detection technology, to a policy and process that is clearly communicated to all employees, partners, and suppliers. Trust needs to be established to enable continuous, fruitful innovation that involves multiple domains including product management, marketing and sales, engineering/R&D, supply chain, and manufacturing.
External Innovation Partners, Cloud Reasons Why Cybersecurity a Focus
Manufacturers today, in the automotive industry for example, are collaborating with suppliers, partners, and academia, for input on product design, sourcing, engineering, and R&D - essentially, these external colleagues are becoming innovation partners. Having a single sign on authentication process and the ability to freely share models and ideas across a network securely is critical for these automotive companies, and other discrete and process manufacturers, to remain vibrant, innovative organizations that meet demand quickly.
And as manufacturers move to a cloud infrastructure for product design and development and increasingly leverage mobility and the IoT to support at least certain product development scenarios to complement their on premise PLM systems, the imperative for a strong, managed security architecture and process rises in importance. Although cloud based systems are secured by the same technologies as on premise systems, this advanced approach is necessary to establish confidence in cloud-based innovation among manufacturers, customers, and their partners.
Security as an Innovation Accelerator
At IDC, we consider advanced security an “innovation accelerator” – but, you may ask, security was a hot technology in 2001, right? What’s different today is the scope of the business that security technology and policy needs to support - it’s not only about locking down a few applications and the company network. For a product innovation platform to be successful, manufacturers need security technology and processes that establish the critical link of trust between internal employees, and external innovation partners across product design, development, marketing, sales, supply chain, manufacturing, and service.
As always I look forward to your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.