[June 2017] The manufacturing industry is in a state of transformation. Heightened levels of agility, flexibility and actionable knowledge are raising the expectations, as well as doubts, of global manufacturing leaders. Most agree Manufacturing 4.0 can deliver a host of benefits and positively impact business.
A recent whitepaper from Frost & Sullivan in association with NTT DATA Services, “Manufacturing 4.0: A Playbook for Navigating the Journey to IT Modernization & Transformation”, examines the vital role technology and sustained innovation will play in the factories of the future and ultimately next-generation manufacturing.
As companies grow, manufacturing networks often become increasingly complex and difficult to manage. Many organizations in the industry are saddled with aging systems housing proprietary algorithms that prevent seamless integration with other systems. This creates a strategic need for a modernized scalable, reusable, extensible and reliable IT solution. In time, manufacturing architectures should integrate homogeneously with multiple manufacturing sites, thus creating a model of the future. In addition, manufacturers must achieve a streamlined IT environment for easy interoperability between various systems and facilitate responsive enterprises of the future.
“In the era of technology convergence driving disruption, IT is seen more as a profit-enabler than a cost-center,” said Frost & Sullivan Consulting Manager, Muthuraman “Ram” Ramasamy. Customers are leveraging IT to weave a digital tapestry across their operations and business landscapes to become responsive enterprises of the future.”
As the need for IT modernization and transformation is evident, manufacturers will need to partner with trusted solution providers, to enable the transformation. With the right strategy, organizations will be able to structure smarter faster and simpler manufacturing operations.
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