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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Operations Technology 2018 Predictions

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Operations Technology 2018 Predictions

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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IDC FutureScape Figure
Executive Summary
IDC FutureScape Predictions
Summary of External Drivers
Predictions: Impact on Technology Buyers
Prediction 1: By the End of 2018, 25% of COOs in Large Manufacturers Will Have a Transformational Role, Enabling New Business Models by Focusing on Customer Fulfillment, and Will Be Involved in All Strategic Business Decisions
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 2: By the End of 2018, to Accelerate Digital Transformation, 20% of Manufacturers Will Have Explored Proof-of-Concept Initiatives for "Industrial Equipment as a Service"
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 3: By 2019, 20% of Large Discrete Manufacturers Will Have Re-Leaned Shop Floor Operations and Organization, Thus Transforming the Workforce and Production Processes and Improving the OEE Metric by a Minimum of 5%
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 4: In 2019, 30% of Large Manufacturers Will Have Started to Invest in End-to-End Industrial IoT Platforms to Enable Seamless IT/OT Integration
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 5: By 2020, 50% of G2000 Manufacturers Will Leverage Digital Twins in Both Greenfield and Brownfield Environments to Embed New Capabilities in Their Factories, Such as Improved Visibility, Always-On Operations, and Greater Flexibility
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 6: By 2021, Large Manufacturers Will Have Automated up to 40% of Their B2B2C Processes, Reducing the Need for Human Intervention Using a Combination of IoT, Robotics, and Cognitive Solutions
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 7: By 2021, 30% of Leading Manufacturers Will Have Deployed Cyber-Physical Robotic Systems, Resulting in a 10–20% Improvement in Productivity
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 8: By 2019, 10% of Manufacturers Will Have Started to Deploy Cloud-Based Execution Models That Depend on Edge Analytics to Enable the Seamless Handover of Data to Enterprise Applications to Achieve Real-Time Visibility, Supply Chain Integration, and Increased Operational Flexibility
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 9: By 2020, 30% of Manufacturers Will Have Deployed or Will Be Piloting Distributed Manufacturing Concepts to Transform Product Design, Improve Customer Fulfillment, Reduce Excess Capacity, and Optimize Logistics Cost Structures
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Prediction 10: By 2020, Blockchain and Open Standards, Such as OPC UA, Will Be Used to Improve M2M Transactions and Processes Such as Traceability, Maintenance, and Customer Orders.
Associated Drivers
IT Impact
Guidance
Advice for Technology Buyers
External Drivers: Detail
Accelerating DX — Technology-Centric Transformation Altering Business and Society
Human Versus Machine — The Impact of AI and Automation
Sense, Compute, Actuate — The New Data-Centric Paradigm
Platform Disruption — Unleashing Digital Innovation's Power for Scale
Empowering the Material World — Revolutionized Processes Expand Technology Reach
The Future Workforce —Global Demand for Digital Talent
Innovation Impasse — Legacy Systems Constraining Transformation
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