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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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    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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