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The IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Connected Vehicle 2017 Predictions study provides our top 10 predictions for the 2017 worldwide connected vehicle market, intended to highlight key areas of evolution in the worldwide connected vehicle market.

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Integrated supply chain execution and fulfillment is a very hot topic among manufacturing and retail supply chain professionals. Supply chain executives understand that the key to achieving world class supply chain execution is delivering an integrated approach that enables a seamless flow of material and data across the supply chain coupled with alignment of business processes.

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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

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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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