Gartner Research

More Than Digital Is Driving the Factory of the Future

Published: 10 July 2017

ID: G00331876

Analyst(s): Simon Jacobson

Summary

When designing and aligning factory of the future endeavors with the business, supply chain leaders responsible for manufacturing strategy must navigate political and industry frameworks, balance technology infatuation with business strategy and synchronize manufacturing excellence initiatives.

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Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The dynamism and similarities of industrial policies and consortium developments are adding complexity to manufacturing strategies and creating confusion for supply chain leaders
  • The technology-heavy allure of the factory of the future overshadows the imperative for supply chain leaders to deliberately align new production capabilities with the supply chain
  • Supply chain leaders who are unable to change how they engage with business-unit and factory leadership risk divergence of business vision and factory operating strategy

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