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MIT Supply Chain Management and Logistics graduate students recently exhibited their projects in a Research Expo held at MIT Media Lab. This blog highlights the Research Expo 2014 and some of the key topics that students and MIT professors are exploring to solve some of the most pressing supply chain challenges today.

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This blog provides an excerpt from an upcoming Perspective about IBM's Software Insights event that was held late last year in Stamford, CT. The event provided a good opportunity to gain further understanding of how IBM is positioning some of its newer "Smarter" focus areas, as well as glean how recent acquisitions in the cloud, customer engagement, and commerce space are permeating the IBM software ecosystem.

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Investments in connected vehicle capabilities and accompanying services — intended to provide the driver with an array of benefits, many of which focus on increased safety — are ongoing by automakers and a host of other ecosystem players. However, IDC Manufacturing Insights asserts that an insufficient amount of consumer research has been performed by industry stakeholders to guide these investments, and therefore, a number of development efforts made thus far may suffer from low adoption.

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If you've been reading my reports over the last few years, you know that I've been researching hot topics, such as big data, cloud, mobile, social, and sustainability, but over the last 6 months, most of my inquiries have been about a new topic – how manufacturers are increasingly delivering "products as a service".

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At IDC Manufacturing Insights, we've been hearing more from manufacturers about moving into emerging markets as a key focus for the coming year. We've also seen a number of offerings from IT suppliers targeted at supporting these endeavors into emerging markets.

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In developing countries, the demarcation between traditional CRM and Sales Force automation (SFA) would continue to be significant, given the high volume in B2C type of business (a fragmented market spread thin and distributed across a vast country, with diverse potential for business and transactions of lower value) compared to institutionalized low volume, high value B2B sales, in industries such as pharma and FMCG/CPG for example. SFA may be the need of the hour to empower the field Sales team while CRM functionalities cannot be ignored for long term benefits.

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In the coming year, several key themes will dominate Product Lifecycle Management strategies and will have a profound impact on how products will be designed, manufactured, delivered, and serviced in the coming decade:

Innovation (e.g. customer-led, science-led, software-driven)
Intelligence (e.g. "smarter" products and services)
Integration (e.g. PLM + ALM, PLM + SLM, PLM + MES, etc.)

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  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    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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