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GE's Strategy and GE Minds & Machines

By Kimberly Knickle

At GE Minds & Machines, GE shared its "all in" strategy to become a Top 10 Software company by 2020. The approach is a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, with partnerships. The company also plans to continue building out capabilities in its cloud based IoT platform Predix and expand product lines that can take advantage of the digital thread, digital twin, and IT/OT integration Predix enables.


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This IDC Manufacturing Insights blog shares the predictions developed by our global manufacturing team and presented by myself and my colleague Simon Ellis. 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 work. While the predictions largely focus on 2017–2020, the impact of many of these will be felt for years to come. Most predictions refer to a continuum of change within the wider ecosystem of the manufacturing industry and global economy.


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Manufacturing Day, Every Day

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This IDC Manufacturing Insights blog contains thoughts and statistics about the manufacturing industry in honor of the recent Manufacturing Day on the October 7th, first Friday in October.


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Information Transformation in Manufacturing

By Kimberly Knickle

Manufacturers are working hard to unlock the value of information that comes from their own operations, partners, customers, suppliers, and social networks. Based on that information, the most advanced can optimize business decisions, predict or guide outcomes, and develop new capabilities and products with sophisticated analysis and embedded intelligence. We've developed the IDC MaturityScape for information digital transformation in manufacturing across five key dimensions:
•Data discovery
•Value development
•Value realization
•Knowledge and collaboration
•Information architecture (IA)


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Since the announcement of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA (or Suite on HANA for brevity's sake) on January 10, 2013, the SAP implementation ecosystem has worked to serve the market's growing needs. In just under two years, SAP has reported more than 2,000 customers on Suite on HANA. Given that manufacturing is SAP's largest customer base, the ecosystem is particularly focused on how the Suite and the greater SAP HANA platform can be implemented and complemented with additional IP for manufacturers. To help manufacturers better understand what they can expect from the ecosystem and move forward with their SAP investments, we've recently completed an IDC MarketScape report assessing the professional services firms providing manufacturers with services for Suite on HANA and SAP HANA.


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It's been at least a couple years since I published a document with the word "sustainability" in the title, but that's not because environmental sustainability has become any less important to manufacturers. Instead, I've seen environmental sustainability become more embedded into processes and products over time. I think sustainability is still a topic worth discussing, especially in the context of our cross-company and cross-value chain themes that we highlighted in our 2015 predictions for manufacturers – product quality and customer centricity.


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With the IT organization under pressure to provide IT resources quickly and easily to the lines of business, cloud represents an increasingly appealing option. We can already see signs of the transition to "cloud also" or "cloud first" for manufacturers around the globe. In the 2014 IDC CloudView Survey, we found that "Cloud also" is the most common strategy for new and replacement IT investments in the public cloud: 61.6% respondents indicated their company's posture for net-new IT services is "cloud also," and the number (56.8%) is only slightly lower for replacing IT existing functionality.


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At IDC Manufacturing Insights, we're taking another look at sales and marketing for consumer products manufacturers. We know that sales and marketing organizations are continually adapting how they engage with consumers and serve their retail customers. This is the 6th year we've done this research and once again, we'll present the results at Consumer Goods Technology's June Sales and Marketing conference in NYC. Sometimes, change is slow, but so many changes have occurred since 2010, the first year we published the report. As in years past, we've based our analysis in this report on ongoing conversations and research with IDC Manufacturing Insights clients, IT and vertical industry business priority and spending data, and our 2015 IDC-CGT Sales & Marketing survey.


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In our IDC Manufacturing Predictions for 2015, we identified seven essential drivers that shape the IT investments manufacturers are making in 2015. We believe they represent the current situation - the reality - for manufacturers today. These drivers are the keys to making short-term as well as long-term strategic decisions. Some drivers are naturally more impactful on investments and are likely to add the most complexity and cost in implementation, but all are relevant.


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I've recently returned from a week long class on 3D printing, and it’s easy to see that 3D printers are going to change the way we think about and enable design freedom and flexibility in the creative process. We’re going to see the implications in the availability of design tools, in who contributes to the design, in the conversion from design to manufacturing, and in the ability to design for the customer.



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