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Jan 2015 - Business Strategy - Doc # MI253612

IDC PlanScape: Smart Manufacturing — The Path to the Future Factory

Authors: Robert Parker, Marc Van Herreweghe, Lorenzo Veronesi

This IDC PlanScape report uses the IDC PlanScape methodology to explore the topic of smart manufacturing. The intent of the methodology is to provide clients with a framework for creating a business plan by answering four essential questions — why, what, who, and how.

"Smart manufacturing programs can deliver financial benefits that are tangible and auditable," says Robert Parker, group vice president, IDC Insights. "More importantly, smart manufacturing transitions the production function from one that is capacity centric to one that is capability centric —able to serve global markets and discerning customers."

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