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Autonomous Things Deployment: 5 Best-Practice Stages That Require Manufacturing CIO Leadership

Published: 21 January 2021

ID: G00732702

Analyst(s): Jonathan Davenport , Ivar Berntz , Alexander Hoeppe


Manufacturers have long championed robots in their factories, but autonomous things (which include drones and vehicles) create further process improvement opportunities. To achieve these benefits, manufacturing CIOs will play an important cross-functional leadership role across five key stages.

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Note 1: What Are Autonomous Things?

Note 2: Examples of Autonomous Things Use in Manufacturing

Note 3: Four Building Blocks to Deploy Autonomous Things

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