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Manufacturing Value Chain

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This blog highlights some of the themes that are intersecting today within large organizations as part of digital transformation, namely how innovation and technology can come together to create new value for manufacturers in the service lifecycle to deliver to customers.


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Virtual models of products and assets – now more commonly known as digital twins - have been used by designers and engineers in concert with simulation to meet product and production requirements for years. The opportunity with “digital twins” is to take these virtual models and extend them to the rest of the team, outside of engineering, involved with product design and development, as well as production and operations.


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This blog highlights research that IDC Manufacturing Insights has completed on manufacturers' increasing use of configure, price, quote (CPQ) applications to enhance the customer experience and empower sales channels to sell complex products and services.


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Simulation Driven Innovation

By Jeff Hojlo

I spent a day with Dassault Systemes’ SIMULIA team recently at their headquarters in Johnston, Rhode Island, U.S., on the outskirts of Providence, learning about what it means for a manufacturer to use simulation to accelerate innovation. The day wasn’t only about simulation (also known as CAE – Computer Aided Engineering) tools, however.


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This blog recaps the main messages shared at the recent Siemens Innovation USA event and IDC's analysis of them. The event took place at Siemens Corporate Technology USA headquarters in Princeton, NJ on March 27, 2017.


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I recently published a report that explored the link between connected products and new warranty services that manufacturers can offer. While this market is still developing, IDC Manufacturing Insights sees significant potential in connected warranty services.


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The market for robotics is rapidly growing, which is leading to the emergence, and subsequent maturity, of mobile service robots across a broad range of industries, applications, and use cases. Mobile service robots are gaining ground in areas such as manufacturing, logistics and distribution, hospitality, healthcare, retail, and more. As the market for these robots continues to evolve and these devices are being used in new ways, it becomes important to take a look at what it means to be an autonomous mobile service robot and evaluate the differences relative to the term “autonomous and mobile.”


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As the market for robotics continues to grow, innovators are capitalizing on this growth by developing components, in this case an end effector, that help to give robots a boost in terms of their capabilities. It is such innovations that are capturing the attention of the VC and private equity communities, where 2016 saw an increase of over 100% in the value of investements to robotics related companies reaching over $1.8 billion and 3x increase in the number of deals. The money that is flowing into the robotics market is certainly helping to fuel innovations, such as the RightPick, that are making robotics a viable technology in a broader range of industries and use cases.


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HCL recently announced the closure of the Geometric acquisition 10 months after the initial announcement, bringing discrete manufacturing PLM and engineering services expertise from Geometric together with a broad set of industry coverage, cloud computing data center services, embedded systems, and existing engineering services capabilities from HCL. Geometric states that there is little overlap in customers, and already sees joint opportunity with HCL in the market.

The capabilities and knowledge brought together in this acquisition, namely PLM/engineering services, automotive, high tech, and embedded systems, provide customers with a set of connected products services that can support design through after-market service.


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Cloud PLM Showing Signs of Growth?

By Jeff Hojlo

In our 2017 Product and Service Innovation FutureScape, we predicted that by 2019, 75% of global manufacturers will leverage the cloud for key product innovation processes, and 25% replace their on premise PLM systems.


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