This IDC study uses the IDC TechScape model to provide an assessment of both industry-specific and industry-agnostic technology adoptions supporting the smart manufacturing products market. It includes an evaluation model based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that assess a technology's adoption progress relative to one another and to those factors expected to be the most conducive to success in a given market over both the short and long term. By dividing technologies into three major adoption categories — transformational, incremental, and opportunistic — the IDC TechScape aspires to provide IT buyers with an industry snapshot as to where specific technologies lie today relative to current industry best practices. In addition, this study identifies technologies likely to become best practices in the future and their current state of adoption maturity relative to each other. Within our discussions of individual technologies, we also identify our analysts' best opinions regarding key momentum factors. Highlighted as IDC TechScape Spotlights, we rate technologies based on adoption speed, risk, and market interest.
According to Bob Parker, group vice president and general manager of IDC Retail, Energy, and Manufacturing Insights, "Whatever you call the vision — smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, or the future factory — achieving the next generation of cyberphysical production requires a number of technologies to come together. In this IDC TechScape, we identify the key technologies, categorize the relative impact, and provide insight into how they should be deployed. Clients can use this report to build a more effective road map to the future factory."
Collaborative applications, Data access, analysis and delivery, Digital transformation, Ethernet switch, IT strategy and governance, Internet of things, Networking and connectivity devices, Operations and manufacturing applications, Technology buyer, Transformative tech: IoT, robotics and 3D print, Wearables