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Applying analytics to the emerging wealth of Big Data has become a top agenda item for a growing number of manufacturing executives. Yet, IDC Manufacturing Insights data shows that these initiatives have not progressed as quickly as other major IT initiatives, (cloud and mobile, for example), and this is especially true regarding aftersales service and warranty "Big Data". However, we assert that discrete manufacturers need to escalate this priority considering that for many, 70–90% of total lifetime cost is in asset maintenance and repair, and the majority of these companies plan to have a significant portion of future revenue (and profits) come from service activities to attenuate uncertain product revenues.

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A Closer Look at E2open's Acquisition of icon-scm

By Heather Ashton

Last month, E2open, a supply chain network company, acquired icon-scm, a network planning and response management provider. IDC Manufacturing insights was particularly interested in the announcement as it relates to manufacturers who are investing in supply chain planning and collaboration efforts to better optimize the massive multidimensionality of today's global supply chains, one of our 2013 Supply Chain Predictions.

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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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