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Factory of the Future Strategies Innovate How Production Delivers Value

Published: 07 May 2015

ID: G00275084

Analyst(s): Simon Jacobson


The future strategies for manufacturing operations will be enabled by capabilities available only in the digital world. In order to improve competitive positioning, manufacturing line of business leaders are being forced to rethink and redesign their strategies and invest in new capabilities.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Pressure from products produced for individual consumers or niche markets is motivating manufacturers to establish new production capabilities that can flexibly support inflated product mixes at lower volumes and quantities
  • Moving away from conventional, linear process control and automation focuses to meet new flexibility requirements is forcing manufacturers to invest in new technologies such as smart machines and the Internet of Things
  • Digital strategies that are not achievable within factory operations alone are compelling manufacturers to establish a digital thread that connects production with other enterprise functions

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