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Nov 2015 - IDC FutureScape - Doc # 259783

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Manufacturing 2016 Predictions

Authors: Kimberly Knickle, Simon Ellis, Heather Ashton, Jeffrey Hojlo, John Santagate, Lorenzo Veronesi, Marc Van Herreweghe
Abstract

This IDC study provides manufacturers with the top 10 predictions for the manufacturing industry. Each prediction is shaped by a common set of key drivers that provides a planning tool for technology leaders and their line-of-business counterparts to use in their IT strategic planning efforts. Key themes woven into our worldwide manufacturing top 10 predictions for 2016 include the continuing importance of customer engagement and customer service; supply chain modernization to support market requirements and manufacturers' "need for speed"; the fundamental nature of innovation in processes, products, and services; and the fact that it isn't enough just to have technology — companies must work to create value from their investments and have the necessary talent.

According to Kimberly Knickle, research vice president, IT Priorities and Strategies, IDC Manufacturing Insights, "Information technology is increasingly an integral part of manufacturers' success, and manufacturers are on their way to a digital transformation. Our predictions create a framework for IT and line-of-business executives to plan and execute technology-related initiatives in the year ahead."

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