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At IDC Manufacturing Insights, we're taking another look at sales and marketing for consumer products manufacturers. We know that sales and marketing organizations are continually adapting how they engage with consumers and serve their retail customers. This is the 6th year we've done this research and once again, we'll present the results at Consumer Goods Technology's June Sales and Marketing conference in NYC. Sometimes, change is slow, but so many changes have occurred since 2010, the first year we published the report. As in years past, we've based our analysis in this report on ongoing conversations and research with IDC Manufacturing Insights clients, IT and vertical industry business priority and spending data, and our 2015 IDC-CGT Sales & Marketing survey.


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This blog expands on the Decision Imperative around warranty service in our IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Manufacturing Product and Service Innovation 2015 Predictions report.


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In our Product and Service Innovation FutureScape, December 2014, our top prediction was as follows: By 2017, 70% of global manufacturers will offer connected products, driving the need for systems engineering and a cross-enterprise product innovation platform. Indeed, there will be enormous growth of connected products in the next 5-10 years, whether that is a car, refrigerator, or industrial machine: IDC projects there will be 30 Billion connected products by 2020, a CAGR of 12.5%. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, Samsung stated that they think by 2020 100% of their products will contain software enabling them to be connected.


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Take aways from SAP TechEd 2015 @ Bangalore

By S Ramachandran

SAP TechEd 2015, the 3 day conference for technologists, started with Bernd Leukert's key note address on 11th March. If the 1st wave of digitization was in the 1970s with ERP as the core of the enterprise applications, the 2nd wave going beyond enterprises using XaaS to vendors and partners, the 3rd wave is driven by convergence of connectivity of things, people and processes, according to Bernd. Content from the first 2 waves is driving the 3rd wave with IoT where there could be issues with who owns the data – the equipment OEM, the consumer generating the data or the software companies. SAP's strategy to not stop the IoT journey with enterprises but to extend it beyond to the overall society is interesting.


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IDC Manufacturing Insights New Team Member

By John Santagate

The past 3+ weeks have been very insightful (no pun intended) for me, as I have been going through the on-boarding process here at IDC Manufacturing Insights. I have had the opportunity to meet with many of the team members and am looking forward to continue to meet the team.


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What Kind of IT Shop Will You Be?

By Robert Parker

I like attending our annual Directions conference. In addition to catching up with clients, it gives me a chance to also get up to speed on what my IDC colleagues are doing. While listening to Frank Gens, I began to think about how IT has evolved from the first to the second and now on to the third platform.


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PLM 100% in the Cloud: why not?

By Jeff Hojlo

My conversations with vendors and end users regarding what aspects of PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) will be adopted in the cloud by large companies usually ends with the proclamation:

"PLM will be deployed in a hybrid way for the foreseeable future, with customer and supplier facing collaboration in the cloud and product, IP, and design information on premise, behind the company firewall."

I agree, at least in the short term.


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In our IDC Manufacturing Predictions for 2015, we identified seven essential drivers that shape the IT investments manufacturers are making in 2015. We believe they represent the current situation - the reality - for manufacturers today. These drivers are the keys to making short-term as well as long-term strategic decisions. Some drivers are naturally more impactful on investments and are likely to add the most complexity and cost in implementation, but all are relevant.


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Visibility of inventory as it navigates its way through the supply chain is a common objective and challenge across organizations, regardless of industry. In a perfect world, visibility extends through the supply network (raw material) to the point of consumer consumption (finished goods) and everything in between (WIP/sub-assemblies) to provide an accurate portrayal of the health of the organization relative to inventory. Clear line of sight of all inventory in a supply chain network as well as the velocity, variability, and other related data, goes a long way in supporting supply chain optimization efforts. However, robust visibility in the supply chain is not a reality for many organizations leading to excess inventory in the network driving sub-optimal supply chain performance. One area of significant delinquency in improving inventory visibility is seaborne container shipping.


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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:
    Kimberly,
    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:
    Antony,
    Thanks for your comments - agreed.  Nice article, and I look forward to our next conversation.
    Best Regards,
    Jeff
    5 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Antony Bourne says:
    Jeff,
    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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