CIOs focused on transformation in manafacturing can learn from the successful efforts in the Industrie 4.0 disciplines, reaping the benefits os successful applications of AI using the IoT, machine learning and additive manafacturing.




Key Findings- Manufacturers recognize that they need more collaboration and ecosystem engagement APIs that face employees, as well as customers and market stakeholders.

- Success of Internet of Things (IoT) projects is unpredictable due to absent or ill-defined - key performance indicators (KPIs), primarily in the planning phase and in continuous measure of value generation.

- Multimodal communications continue to evolve; internal and external interactions with chatbots and virtual agents will facilitate the exchange of information and data.


- 3D printing continues to advance in affordability, as well as capability, enabling a viable alternative for lower-volume production, specialized local products and special designs.


- The potential of blockchain technology is undervalued.


RecommendationsCIOs advancing digitalization in manufacturing industries should:

- Cultivate a culture of change and innovation by collaborating with internal and external partners and stakeholders, embracing missteps as bridges to future success.


- Identify key metrics that influence organizational goals. Begin by identifying key enablers and disruptions known to impact results; then identify ways to measure performance and impact.


- Develop data governance, privacy and security frameworks to embrace virtual agents by implementing adaptive data governance processes.


- Identify opportunities where 3D printing can satisfy or improve a superior customer experience (such as consumer-designed customization) or production efficiency (such as spare parts) by identifying gaps in your product offering and maintenance efficiency.


- Build up blockchain competencies and POCs by collaboration with partners (enterprises and IoT providers) and consortia to evaluate the blockchain potential for Industrie 4.0 application areas.



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Gartner: Predicts 2018: Industrie 4.0 and Advanced Manufacturing, Bettina Tratz-Ryan, Alexander Hoeppe, Pete Basiliere, 9 April 2018.