3D Supply Chains the Next Trend, IDC Says PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Buetow   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:39

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- IDC Manufacturing Insights today predicted 3D supply chains will be one of the top developments in the coming year. The research group made its comments as part of its annual top 10 predictions for manufacturing.

Among the 10 predictions:

  • Prediction #1: Manufacturers will begin to build 3D value chains.
  • Prediction #2: Operational, information, and consumer technology converge to reshape approaches to technology management.
  • Prediction #3: Operational resiliency will be the focus of supply chain strategies in 2014 and beyond.
  • Prediction #4: Supply chain technology investment will involve modernizing existing systems, while also trying new approaches.
  • Prediction #5: The modernization of the underlying B2B commerce backbone becomes an investment priority for IT.
  • Prediction #6: Product lifecycle management (PLM) strategies become increasingly global, multidisciplinary, innovation-based, and customer-focused.
  • Prediction #7: PLM initiatives will focus on value realization.
  • Prediction #8: "Servitization optimization" will be core to future profitable revenue growth and leading manufacturers will make the necessary investments to enable these strategies.
  • Prediction #9: On their way towards the factory of the future, 2014 will set the stage for a new manufacturing renaissance.
  • Prediction #10: Plant floor IT investments will continue to become a higher share of the overall technology investment portfolio.

"The manufacturing industry has an established track record of continuously improving productivity and is at the cusp of a new wave of gains that will dramatically restructure value chains to be closer to demand regardless of direct labor costs. This is being driven by an 'intelligent economy' where customers are more informed, talent is at a premium, and the time to react to changes is compressed," said Robert Parker, group vice president and general manager, IDC. "In 2014, companies should put together a set of business initiatives across critical line of business areas such as supply chain, factory operations, product management, and customer experience/aftermarket services, and follow a progression toward the principles of the '3D' value chain, the theme for our 2014 predictions."




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