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This IDC study provides manufacturers with the top 10 predictions and underlying drivers that we expect to impact shop floor IT and OT investments in 2018 and beyond. Technology leaders and their counterparts in the line-of-business (LOB) operations can use this document to guide their IT strategic planning efforts.

According to Lorenzo Veronesi, research manager, IDC Manufacturing Insights, "Today, the very core of being a manufacturing business — the production process — is being completely restored because of a convergence of physical and virtual technologies. Smart manufacturing is now a strategic priority among manufacturers as they seek to address the many and complex issues they are now facing. Data and analysis are core to this approach, as they move to evidence-based management practices and use information to drive better decision making across all parts of the manufacturing process."



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