Gartner Research

More Than Technology Is Driving the Factory of the Future

Published: 17 September 2015

ID: G00290889

Analyst(s): Simon Jacobson

Summary

To develop a roadmap for the factory of the future, manufacturing line of business leaders must navigate numerous political and industry frameworks, balance technology infatuation with business strategy, and synchronize with manufacturing excellence initiatives.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • In manufacturing, the explosion of factory of the future initiatives from government, industry trade associations and consortiums has reached a tipping point and is creating confusion for companies seeking to develop a holistic strategy
  • The technology-heavy allure of the factory of the future is overshadowing the need for manufacturing leadership to construct and integrate new process capabilities with the supply chain
  • Not considering how key projects, new performance measures and processes for innovating manufacturing will integrate across various supply chain functions is creating unmanageable constraints and driving operational excellence in isolation

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