Recently my colleague Chet Namboodri in his blog “Predictions 2014: Wager on the Internet of Everything” did a great level set on predictions for 2014 Manufacturing trends. I want to add some additional comments on what I have been observing in the field and with our customers today.
The first IDC prediction described 3D value chains as an incredible source of rich productivity and we are seeing this as a goal of many companies. Not only is it the collection of this data, but it is the sharing of this data across the value chain that is going to start to explode. What this is starting to mean is that a component assembly company wants to have supply chain information from their manufacturing partners. This is expanding beyond the dock, into the warehouse and even into the manufacturing lines and cells as well. This tightly aligns with what we are seeing with customers already getting access to this information from their shop floor.
Take a look at this recent demo that John Chambers and Jim Grubb did for an example of the traceability and sophistication that a robust network can bring and how problem resolution can be much faster with real-time visibility.