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The Purpose-Led Manufacturer: Thriving with Impact, Scale, and Trust

Coverage: Europe

New ecosystems, resilient supply chains, efficient and agile factory and service operations

In an environment that will continue to be volatile, uncertain, and complex, purpose-led and digital-first strategies will enable manufacturers to build new ecosystems, resilient supply chains, efficient and agile factory and service operations, and worker experience concepts to retain and attract talent.
Successful digital-first strategies will:

  • Utilize digital technologies to achieve measurable business outcomes that significantly contribute to KPIs

  • Be enabled by scalable IT architectures and solutions that ensure cost-effective digital operations and that can easily be rolled out enterprise wide and across the ecosystem

  • Utilize digital technologies to make them a more trustworthy customer, supplier, partner, and employer that positively contributes to society and sustainability.
  • Why Attend?
    IDC European Manufacturing Xchange is an event that connects senior IT and business professionals from several industries and countries. We aim to create the best-in-class independent content based on insights from our analysts, external speakers, as well as industry, and thought leaders.

    The event will provide you with industry trends, actionable recommendations, hands-on experience from external speakers and last but not least - a chance to connect and network with your peers from the biggest European companies.


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    Registration & Networking lunch


    IDC Greetings & Welcome


    Transforming into Digital Businesses: Thriving with Impact, Scale, and Trust in the Manufacturing Industry


    Cybersecurity in Operational Technology (OT) – Overhyped or deadly serious?


    Industrial Digital Twin - Important design elements for implementing interoperable digital twins in agile production networks


    Digital Twins for production networks - easier said than done?


    Coffee & Networking; One-to-One Meetings


    The pivotal role of data and AI for ensuring perfect energy now and in the future


    Decarbonization way2target


    Determining the CO2 footprint of products and production - Major challenge or standard?


    Coffee & Networking; One-to-One Meetings


    Workshops (Parallel Sessions)


    Networking and Refreshment Break; One-to-One Meetings


    Champagne Reception


    Gala Dinner


    After Dinner Drinks

    Xchange Speakers

    At our Xchange events you will hear from IDC analysts, the experts behind our research. They will help to expand your knowledge and discover new approaches to ensure you make smarter business decisions. In addition you will hear from guest keynote speakers and experienced professionals.

    The agenda is continuously updated in the lead up to the event, so please check back for the upto date speaker list.


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    Advisory Board

    We build each edition of the Xchange event by starting dialogue with industry leaders, which helps us to create the best independent content. Meet the Advisory Board Members for this year!


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    Top 10 Manufacturing Trends in Europe

    At IDC’s European Manufacturing Digital Summit 2022, on November 15, 2022, the summit featured an impressive panel of speakers from our partners and the manufacturing CxO community, complemented by insights from the European IDC Manufacturing Insights team. Based on the presentations and roundtable discussions from 14 sessions, our top 10 manufacturing trends were identified:
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    The 2 Main Challenges of the European Manufacturers - Key Takeaways from IDC's 2nd Advisory Board Discussion 2022

    We recently had our Advisory Board meeting, comprised of senior executives from European manufacturing organisations, with an objective to understand the latest topics or challenges they are dealing with. The two main challenges that were on their lists were energy prices and cybersecurity, how these two converge, and the role that technology can play to overcome the obstacles created by these threats.
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    Key Topics from the IDC Manufacturing Summit's Advisory Board Kick-Off 2022

    In advance of IDC’s European Manufacturing Summit in November we have been discussing some of the key topics and challenges with the IDC Advisory Board. Some of the current challenges in the manufacturing industry relate to the ongoing supply chain disruptions, exacerbated by the Russia-Ukraine War and the resurgence of COVID-19 in China, which continue to cause supply shortages, a lack of skills to pursue digital transformation, and most importantly a lack of IT skills to develop smart and connected products to enable new business models, ensure cybersecurity and embed sustainability targets into operations.
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    IDC's European Manufacturing Summit 2022: Analyst Snapshot

    This IDC Perspective summarizes key takeaways from IDC's European Manufacturing Digital Summit 2022, which took place on November 15, 2022. The key theme of this year's summit was Thriving in the Manufacturing Industry with PRIME. An impressive panel of speakers from our partners and manufacturing CXO community, complemented by insights from our European IDC Manufacturing Insights team, contributed to this event.
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    How Can ChatGPT Be Used by Manufacturing Organizations?

    We tried to assess the potential uses that a manufacturing organisation could make of chat-enabled generative AI technology and assessed the potential impacts of this technology for the industry by analysing the very answers an open tool has given us.

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    The first half of 2023 saw a surge of interest in generative AI (GenAI) that bordered on hysteria. For a few months, the world’s communications channels were abuzz with talk about its potential to impact almost every area of personal, social, and business life. Even industrial organizations started to examine if GenAI could add value to their operations.

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    Key Sustainability Takeaways from the 2023 Hannover Messe

    Sustainability was centre stage at the recent Hannover Messe, which was attended by more than 4,000 companies including the biggest and emerging technology vendors. This year, the focus was on technologies to support sustainable and climate neutral operations.

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    Securing Digital Manufacturing: The Essence of ISA/IEC 62443 Implementation

    The International Society of Automation (ISA) and the International Electrotechnical Commission have collaborated to establish the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards. It is a daunting series, so we have distilled its essence down to the most relevant details that will keep operations running and ICS (Industrial Control Systems) secure. These systems automate industrial production processes and are used widely in power, water, oil, and natural gas industries. The ISA/IEC 62443 standards provide frameworks for best practices within industrial network security and new technical specifications are reviewed every 3 years to see if they can become new standards.

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    Mastering the NIS2 Directive: Achieving Cybersecurity Compliance

    This report offers a simplified guide to EU cybersecurity laws, focusing on the NIS 2 Directive, and provides practical advice for businesses to meet these regulations. The NIS 2, an upgrade from NIS 1, addresses its shortcomings, broadens scope, and introduces stricter rules, with an aim to enhance Europe’s digital security baseline. As the October 17, 2024, deadline approaches for legislative adjustments, understanding and implementing NIS 2 is crucial for businesses.

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