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This IDC study provides manufacturers with the top 10 predictions and underlying drivers that we expect to impact manufacturers' operations technology investments in 2017 and beyond. Technology leaders and their counterparts in line-of-business (LOB) operations can use this report to guide their IT strategic planning efforts. Key themes woven into our worldwide manufacturing top 10 predictions for 2017 include the need for digital transformation (DX), new ways of innovating, more integrated IT and operations, business security, and rethinking the future of workforce. While the predictions offered here largely focus on the near term to midterm (2017–2020), the impact of many of these predictions will be felt for years to come. Most of our predictions refer to a continuum of change within the wider ecosystem of the manufacturing industry and global economy.
"We are witnessing a big transformation. The process of creating and connecting smart factories is generating new needs for modern organizations. Manufacturers will realize that factories have to support the whole business model innovation, and as such, they will achieve value creation in the factory only by deep process and data integration. The capability to collect and analyze data as well as immediately provide insights will be a revolution in support of these targets. Our predictions create a framework for IT and line-of-business executives to plan and execute technology-related initiatives in the year ahead," said Lorenzo Veronesi, research manager, Operations Technology Strategies, IDC Manufacturing Insights.
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