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Complimentary report -- At the close of each calendar year, IDC Manufacturing Insights produces a series of Top 10 Predictions documents to gauge change in the marketplace for the subsequent year -- what is going to be "hot," where is spending going to be focused, what trends will we see. The predictions also become one of the primary drivers for our writings and research for the year.  Given the fact that we are through the first half of 2009 and approaching 2010, we'd like to revisit those prediction


M2M in MP3

By Benjamin Friedman

I was recently interviewed on M2M Radio. This interview was conducted  by M2M Magazine editor Peggy Smedley. Peggy and I discussed factors  shaping the M2M market; topics covered ranged from the Manufacturing Insights M2M vendor selection framework to the manner by which the overall M2M ecosystem might benefit from the US Federal Government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Signs of Recovery? We'll See.

By Robert Parker

The government issued data on factory output for July and the results were encouraging.  Output rose 0.4% in the month, the first increase in nearly a year.  Much of the credit was given to the automotive industry as the "cash for clunkers" program combined with pent up consumer demand moved vehicles off the lots.  The results raise some interesting discussion.

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At the close of each calendar year IDC Manufacturing Insights produces a series of Top 10 Predictions documents. They are certainly fun to produce and while we try to be a bit provocative, they are serious efforts to gauge change in the marketplace for the subsequent year:  what is going to be ‘hot’, where is spending going to be focused, what trends will we see.  

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Last year, we published Sustainability Excellence Brings Profits to Manufacturers — Linking Going Green with Financial Health.  That document combined our knowledge of the quarterly financial performance of 800+ publicly traded global firms in the manufacturing and retail industries — our Global Performance Index (GPI) — with the manufacturing companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), global indexes tracking the financial performance of leading sustainability-driven co


Qualcomm/Verizon Announce Joint Venture

By Benjamin Friedman

The recent announcement of a Qualcomm Verizon joint venture represents a major step forward for the machine-to-machine (M2M) market. In the past twelve months the M2M market has exhibited a steady maturation that has lessened the fragmentation that had once defined the space; an example of this maturation is Deloitte's alliance with Axeda Corporation. In a similar vein, the Qualcomm / Verizon  announcement will expand awareness of M2M and the manners by which M2M enabled devices solve busines

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This Manufacturing Insights Perspective analyzes the revenue, inventory levels, and profit margins of the manufacturers that are in both our Global Performance Index (GPI) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The results give an indication of how going green can be the underpinnings of a manufacturer's financial performance.  (Document # MI219564, August 2009.)

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  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    Kimberly Knickle says:
    Good question.  I think manufacturers are working to retain those employees that are willing to change with the business and with the technology that's increasingly part of their everyday life.  But no data to prove that theory, unfortunately.
    4 months ago
  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    delger says:
    Based on the data shared above, how important is it for Manufacturers to engage and retain their current employees?  And are you seeing a trend in that regard?
    4 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Jeff Hojlo says:
    Thanks for your comments - agreed.  Nice article, and I look forward to our next conversation.
    Best Regards,
    5 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Antony Bourne says:
    I agree with your comments in the webcast and also am of the same opinion, and think that manufacturers need to take small steps on this journey since it is not an on/off switch that they need to use, but a process in which they make improvement after improvement since a lot of learning will happen along the way.
    I also have written a blog…
    5 months ago

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