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Digital Business Requires Redefining the Scope of Manufacturing Operations

Published: 17 March 2014

ID: G00260735

Analyst(s): Simon Jacobson


The rapid pace of business and technology that is happening today creates an opportunity for manufacturing strategists to redefine how production operates in a digital business.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • The quickening pace of digital business requires a redefinition of value-add and organizational design in manufacturing operations
    • The Value-Add Will Be the Multiple Benefits of Reduced Time, Greater Transparency and Improved Reliability
    • Multidisciplinary Employees Are Foundational to New Manufacturing Organizational Structures
  • Advances in technology enable context and insight to improve decisions and continuously improve operations, but manufacturing strategists must overcome the hype to lower barriers to adoption
  • The industrialization of factory automation supports the globalization and localization of production activities, shrinking the manufacturing footprint, and creating new trade-offs between cost, innovation and supply
  • What Is Digital Business?

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