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Critical Capabilities for Manufacturing Execution Systems

Published: 10 July 2023


Manufacturing execution systems are foundational to smart factories and digital manufacturing. While MES is a mature global market, offerings differ across use cases and industry focus. This research helps supply chain technology leaders match needs with solution capabilities in the market.

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Key Findings
  • Smart manufacturing initiatives are changing the focus of manufacturers from internally focused, plant-specific functionality to more end-to-end solutions, changing manufacturing execution systems (MES) from plant monitoring to a key data visibility and intelligence source for the extended enterprise and supply chain.

  • Parity exists in the overall use-case scores for MES offerings because MES is a mature market. Differentiation comes from vendor- and product-specific focus on particular capabilities, manufacturing styles and vertical industries domain expertise.

  • Parity in the market does not mean mediocrity. All of the vendors featured in the Critical Capabilities for Manufacturing Execution Systems are viable and capable players

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  • Aegis Software
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Dassault Systèmes
  • GE Digital
  • Honeywell
  • iBASE-t
  • iTAC Software
  • Körber
  • Oracle
  • Parsec Automation
  • Plex, by Rockwell Automation
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Sepasoft
  • Siemens Digital Industries Software
  • Tulip
  • Production Mgmt, Execution/Workflow
  • In-Process Quality Management
  • Data Management
  • Regulatory Compliance/Track & Trace
  • Analytics/Reporting/Metrics
  • Production Equipment Integration
  • Enterprise Integration Architecture
  • Usability/User Experience
  • Deployment Experience and Options
  • Ease of System Upgrade
  • MES Architectural Innovation
  • Continuous Process Manufacturing
  • Batch/Repetitive Flow Manufacturing
  • Complex Discrete Manufacturing
  • Highly Regulated Industries

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Critical Capabilities: A deeper look into provider offerings

How does a Critical Capabilities report work?

As a companion to the Magic Quadrant™, a Critical Capabilities report scores competing products and services against a set of meaningful differentiators. It reveals which options are the best fit in various use cases to help you focus on the vendors best suited to your needs.

A Critical Capabilities report is more than just a diagram. You also get:

Sharper focus

Narrow down the product and service criteria most important to you.

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We benchmark pricing against the market so you avoid unnecessary charges.

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We analyze contract terms and conditions to protect you against future price increases and unanticipated costs.

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