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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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