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Manufacturing Value Chain

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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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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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This blog highlights a recent IDC PeerScape on Field Service Transformation in Manufacturing, offering five key practices that manufacturers can adopt to escalate their efforts to build customer centricity across the customer and service lifecycles.


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