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The increased technology density found in vehicles today (more ECU's, high voltage charging systems, electric powertrain, in-vehicle Infotainment (IVI), etc.) can negatively impact service efficacy, and will likely continue to impact service of vehicles going forward. This was the topic of my presentation at SAE World Congress 2013 last week in Detroit. For each data slide I presented, I invited our panel of subject matter experts to comment on the challenge, and what needs to be done to overcome these difficulties.

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We've already shared IDC's forecast that 40% of all ICT spend (IT and unified communications) will be driven by 3rd platform technologies – big data, cloud, mobile, and social - by 2020, up from just 22% of ICT spend today. As manufacturers make that transition and adopt these new technologies, IDC Manufacturing Insights is identifying use cases, best practices, lessons learned, and how IT suppliers' offerings map to manufacturers' requirements. While these are important, we also believe manufacturers need to take a long-term view to how these technologies are going to change their IT portfolio and how IT and business groups work together. In this blog, I share some highlights of our research, new reports, and an upcoming webcast on these topics.

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At IDC Manufacturing Insights, we have been closely following the impact of the SEC's new requirements for identifying and disclosing the use of conflict minerals in manufactured goods. The official law passed in August 2012 (Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Act), and as of January 1, 2013 we are in the first year of reporting mandates. As such, the implications of the law are being felt throughout the manufacturing supply chain.

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