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5 Strategies to Achieve Lean IT in Manufacturing

Published: 25 March 2019

ID: G00379032

Analyst(s): Ivar Berntz


Manufacturing CIOs have relied on reactive budget cuts to manage IT costs, but that is not enough. To reallocate funds to digital business, manufacturing CIOs must innovate by proactively designing lean IT operations. This research provides guidance on successfully launching this journey.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Simplify Strategy: Reverse Years of Decentralized IT Procurement
    • Priority 1: Reduce the Complexity of IT Applications, Services and Devices
    • Priority 2: Rethink IT Culture and Jobs
  • Clarify Strategy: Tackle System Proliferation
    • Priority 3: Invest in Financial Transparency
    • Priority 4: Integrate Digital Priorities
  • Advance Strategy: Resolve Legacy Debt (Aging IT Technology)
    • Priority 5: Adapt Cost Optimization Priorities to Match Market Conditions
    • Priority 6: Create Urgency for a Renovated Digital Core
  • Automate Strategy: Reduce Resource Intensiveness With IT Process Automation
    • Priority 7: Create an (IT) Automation-First Culture
    • Priority 8: Leverage Adaptive Sourcing
  • Innovate Strategy: Reinvent Outdated IT Services
    • Priority 9: Design a Simpler Digital Workplace
    • Priority 10: Design a Lean Operating Model for IT

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