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Mar 2016 - IDC Survey - Doc # EMEA41051916

Game-Changing Technologies on the Shop Floor

Authors: Alba Balla, Lorenzo Veronesi
On-line Presentation

This IDC Survey focuses on the game-changing technologies on the shop floor and the most important drivers for manufacturing companies. The survey was conducted in collaboration with MESA Institute in the summer of 2015. Target respondents are MESA members, comprising both manufacturers and industry experts worldwide.

Today we are seeing a big transformation driven by the availability of cyber-physical systems on the shop floor. As a result, IT will become a production component having the same importance of operational technology.

Is this a revolution or an evolution? IDC Manufacturing Insights believes that it is both. On the one hand, this is a true revolution in the way companies will operate their manufacturing processes, up to the level of transforming their very business model. On the other hand, this won't likely happen in a big bang fashion but through a step-by-step approach to technology deployment.

The purpose of this research is to assess the strategy that companies are taking with respect to a series of game-changing technologies.