Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Discrete Manufacturing and PLM, 2016

Published: 02 August 2016

ID: G00292020

Analyst(s): Simon Jacobson , Janet Suleski , Rick Franzosa , Marc Halpern


Discrete manufacturers must adopt a digital manufacturing strategy and deliver smart products to remain competitive. This research helps CIOs understand which technologies to adopt toward enabling this transformation, which will impact all phases of product life cycles.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • On the Rise
    • Cloud-Based CAD
    • Cloud-Based CAE, Simulation and Virtual Prototyping
    • IoT-Enabled ERP
    • Unique Device Identification (UDI)
  • At the Peak
    • MRO PLM Functionality
    • Product Innovation Platforms
    • IT/OT Convergence and Alignment
    • Model-Based Manufacturing
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Cloud Computing in Manufacturing Operations
    • MPM Frameworks
    • Internet of Things for Manufacturing Operations
    • 3D Printing in Manufacturing Operations
    • Cloud-Based PLM Applications
    • Synchronized BOMs
    • Industrial Operational Intelligence
    • Asset Performance Management
    • Plan for Every Part (PFEP)
    • ISA-95 Integration Standards for Discrete Manufacturing
    • Supplier Quality Management Applications
    • Mobility in Manufacturing Operations
    • Product Cost Management
    • Sustainable Design PLM
    • System Engineering Software
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Real-Time SPC Applications
    • Quality Process Management Applications
    • Simulation and Test Data Management
    • Label and Artwork Management
    • Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence
    • Plant Engineering and Design
    • Product Portfolio and Program Management
    • MES Applications for Discrete Manufacturing
    • PLM for Retail, Footwear and Apparel
    • Value-Chain-Centric PDM
    • Product Requirements Management
    • Simulation and Virtual Prototyping
    • Manufacturing Scheduling
  • Entering the Plateau
    • CAD-Centric PDM
    • Parts and Materials Search and Selection
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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