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With the IT organization under pressure to provide IT resources quickly and easily to the lines of business, cloud represents an increasingly appealing option. We can already see signs of the transition to "cloud also" or "cloud first" for manufacturers around the globe. In the 2014 IDC CloudView Survey, we found that "Cloud also" is the most common strategy for new and replacement IT investments in the public cloud: 61.6% respondents indicated their company's posture for net-new IT services is "cloud also," and the number (56.8%) is only slightly lower for replacing IT existing functionality.

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Extending PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) outside of the engineering workgroup to the front end of innovation, digital manufacturing, and the supply chain to establish a cross-enterprise product innovation platform, has been considered by manufacturers, but there were not the driving factors to make this a common reality. Now, with the increase in product complexity, customer expectations for unique products, the growth of third platform technologies, and other factors, we think the time is ripe for a new approach to PLM.

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The use of robotics in the manufacturing supply chain began back in 1961, when GM installed the Worlds first industrial robot on a production line. Granted, that first robotic installation was nothing compared to The Terminator or Wall-E, but what it lacked in Hollywood appeal, it made up for in its ability to transform the way things are made. In the manufacturing environment of today, robotics are now playing a significant role, taking on jobs beyond assembly and helping to drive efficiency, consistency, and productivity across the supply chain.

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LLamasoft, a rapidly growing Supply Chain solutions company, has announced its acquisition of the LogicTools business unit from IBM for an undisclosed amount. The move enhances the already robust competencies at LLamasoft in the areas of inventory and product analysis, transportation analysis, and network design while allowing IBM to continue to focus on reshaping its business towards its cloud and analytics offerings.

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