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Manufacturing Value Chain

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Although digital transformation (DX) is defined differently for manufacturers, depending on industry, size of company, or value chain, a common reason for DX is improved product and service innovation. Manufacturers can pursue advanced innovation approaches today and in the near future because of the rapid development of platform technologies, namely, cloud, mobile, analytics, and social, and innovation accelerators such as cognitive analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, and augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR). Perhaps most game changing is the ability to track the quality and performance of connected products, processes, and people across product development, supply chain, manufacturing, and service. Simply put, it is finally possible, through these technologies, to truly manage the life cycle of products and their servicing and continue to improve them over time.


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This IDC Manufacturing Insights blog shares the predictions developed by our global manufacturing team and presented by myself and my colleague Simon Ellis. Key themes woven into our worldwide manufacturing top 10 predictions for 2017 include the need for digital transformation, new ways of innovating, more integrated IT and operations, business security, and rethinking the future of work. While the predictions largely focus on 2017–2020, the impact of many of these will be felt for years to come. Most predictions refer to a continuum of change within the wider ecosystem of the manufacturing industry and global economy.


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This IDC Manufacturing Insights blog comments on some of the recent announcements by Automotive OEMs as they shore up their connected vehicle strategies and alliances to remain competitive in a disruptive market.


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10 Predictions for the Operations Technology Industry

By Lorenzo Veronesi

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Upon departing SAP’s Best Practices for Automotive event a few weeks ago in Detroit, I was struck by one thought: change is so rapid in this industry, that it is exciting, yet daunting to think about what we’ll be discussing next year at this event, and elsewhere.


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Manufacturing Day, Every Day

By Kimberly Knickle – 2 Comments

This IDC Manufacturing Insights blog contains thoughts and statistics about the manufacturing industry in honor of the recent Manufacturing Day on the October 7th, first Friday in October.


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This IDC Manufacturing Insights blog highlights recent announcements from SAP on its 5-year, €2 billion investment plan to accelerate innovation in its Internet of Things portfolio.


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Ideation has long existed separately from the rest of the product lifecycle, managed and used by marketing, product management, and maybe sales. Connected everything (products, manufacturing, supply chain, service) is changing that, as is dynamic demand in highly competitive, local markets around the world. Ideation is a key component of a product innovation platform, and a key reason why manufacturers move to a platform approach – so they can handle changing, unique, customized demand.


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SHARP Announces the Intellos A-UGV Security Robot

By John Santagate

The rapidly growing market for robotics continues to attract new entrants as both demand for high quality robots increases and the technology to deliver robotics improves. The latest company to announce entry into the space is Sharp. Sharp has introduced a new division focused on robotics, Sharp Robotics Business Development (SRBD), and has come to market with its first offering focused in the field of security. The Intellos Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) is a rugged mobile robot designed to augment security staff with an abundance of sensors, cameras, and the capability to traverse rugged terrain.


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I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable session on enterprise security at the IDC Digital Summit in New Delhi, India just about one month ago. I left the energetic discussion thinking about what security means to innovation.


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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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