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As 2014 unfolds, modernized Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Strategies will necessitate deeper and broader PLM system adoption, tighter integration with enterprise IT, and the ability to leverage the "pillar technologies" to achieve greater business value from PLM investments. We see PLM evolving as the definition of "the product" evolves – in particular, from a focus on just the product, to "products as services," the"product as an experience," the "co-created product," and so forth. This trend is reflected in innovative new frameworks and business models, such as Product Lifecycle Economics and "Smart Services."

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We're in the midst of our predictions season, including our 2014 Worldwide Manufacturing predictions and our "Emerging Agenda" predictions for manufacturers on what 2014 will bring for the technologies and topics that are changing the way manufacturers buy and use IT. We're taking a more optimistic look at the opportunities in 2014, with some recent indices giving us good reason to think we're being realistic. We're also encouraged by increasing investments that build upon 4 pillar technologies to serve the lines of business (supply chain, the plant floor, and product and services organizations).

To make substantial progress in 2014 and the coming years, we think there will be real change in how the IT organization works, not just because of new technology investments and possibilities, but also because its relationship with the rest of the business is changing.

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Is a cloud infrastructure a practical alternative to "on-premise" deployment of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) applications? The answer is, it depends. Quite often, companies that have invested heavily in building an infrastructure dedicated to supporting PLM as part of their product development process cite concerns about security and potential data loss, and may resist moving their PLM investments outside the corporate firewall. Even so, IDC Manufacturing Insights research indicates that implementations of PLM applications within manufacturing organizations are increasingly finding their way to the Cloud (see Fig 1).

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The Teaching Factory

By Robert Parker

We recently held our pan European manufacturing summit in Amsterdam. The delegates were very engaged and we covered a wide range of topics from enterprise software to emerging technology to new business models. However, the topic that sparked the most passionate discussion was the challenge, both today and in the foreseeable future, of attracting, retaining, and enabling employees.

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IDC's "Factory of the Future" is a five year envisioning of how manufacturing and factories would evolve. IDC Manufacturing Insights predicts evolution of business models from make-to-stock to engineer-to-order, shift in focus from just capacity to capability, rise of new metrics such as the perfect order and increase in participation of people in empowered roles. The objective of Mancon was to evaluate the findings from developed economies on Factory of the Future on Indian manufacturing and to see what it meant to leading players locally. This event was held in 3 cities across India in November 2013, and was supported by CapGemini and HP.

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