Artificial Intelligence Will Make Manufacturing Operations Smarter — But a Learning Curve Comes First

Foundational Refreshed: 11 September 2018 | Published: 27 April 2017 ID: G00321813


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AI will have an everlasting, though not immediate, impact on how manufacturing operations are managed. Change management, analytics maturity and skills must be addressed first. This research provides critical information for supply chain leaders seeking to innovate their manufacturing operations.

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  • Analysis
  • Impacts and Recommendations
    • Self-learning machines developing their own rules and behaviors will alter the speed at which continuous improvements are identified and implemented, impacting supply chain leaders' existing tactics for operational excellence in manufacturing operations
    • Analytical requirements for AI to succeed are forcing supply chain leaders to upgrade and progress their analytics foundations for a wider range of decision support
    • Connecting human thinking and machine analysis in manufacturing operations requires supply chain leaders to concurrently develop new data science and communications skills
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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