The future of IoT: Two research advances from the lab

By Joe Mariani

Excerpt: Businesses need to keep pace with technology developments to stay competitive.
In today’s environment of technology-driven change, businesses have a vital need to know what the next technologies will be. The sooner a company knows what technologies are coming, the sooner it can begin to build business models and strategies to take advantage of them. New technologies can emerge from any number of sources, from the military to a student’s dorm room. But many of the cutting edge advances that will likely drive future change are also currently experiments in the labs of computer scientists. This blog will highlight two such research advances which point towards the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) and all of the industries that it touches.

Continue reading “The future of IoT: Two research advances from the lab”

Change happens: Adopting a digital supply network

By Brenna Sniderman

Sometimes I avoid change. This is only natural; a lot of people do, at least some of the time. I like things that are comfortable and familiar, things that I understand and know my way around. I may steer clear of change because I worry that new can be risky, and that I might result in being worse off in the end–-a tendency known as loss aversion. Beyond loss aversion, however, change can be particularly challenging because it tends to have a ripple effect–one change necessitates another, then another, until you find yourself having to update everything. Anyone who has ever upgraded just one piece of technology in their office, or even updated just one appliance in their kitchen, can understand this phenomenon.

Continue reading “Change happens: Adopting a digital supply network”

Architectural innovations create advantage

Four ways to bring architectural innovation to your technology

By Joe Mariani, Center for Integrated Research

When technology can’t give you a strategic advantage, connections can. Recent research on how to create a strategic advantage in manufacturing shows that proprietary technology may not always create competitive advantage. In fact, it is the connection—the architectural innovation—combined with technology that may provide the greatest opportunity for businesses.

Continue reading “Architectural innovations create advantage”

2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index examines how global manufacturing companies can succeed

Posted by Michelle Drew Rodriguez

In the first two blog posts about the 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, I discussed country rankings and global competitiveness drivers uncovered in the Index which I coauthored with several colleagues at Deloitte (including Craig Giffi, Vice Chairman, US Automotive Leader and Tim Hanley, Global Manufacturing Leader) and in collaboration with the US Council on Competitiveness. The study follows earlier versions released in 2010 and 2013, and the findings are based on an in-depth analysis of survey responses from more than 500 chief executive officers and senior leaders at manufacturing companies around the world.

As a follow up to the posts on rankings and competitiveness drivers identified in the study, I also wanted to take a deeper look at how global manufacturing companies can succeed, which you can learn more about in the full study.

Five tips for global manufacturing success

Here are five key insights from the report that manufacturing executives should consider to position their companies for future competitiveness:

  • Ensure talent is “the” top priority: A focus on creating differentiated talent acquisition, development and retention strategies to be regarded as “employers of choice,” as well as identifying and nurturing new models of collaboration that leverage key sources of talent outside of the organization will be key. As talent is ranked as the most important driver of competitiveness by executives around the world, the competition among nations and companies is expected to be fierce.
  • Embrace advanced technologies to drive competitive advantage: Advanced technologies are increasingly underpinning global manufacturing competitiveness. Leading 21st century manufacturers have fully converged the digital and physical worlds where advanced hardware combined with advanced software, sensors, and massive amounts of data and analytics is expected to result in smarter products, processes, and more closely connected customers, suppliers, and manufacturing. Predictive analytics, the Internet-of-Things (IoT), both smart products and smart factories via Industry 4.0, as well as the development and use of advanced materials will be critical to future competitiveness.
  • Leverage strengths of ecosystem partnerships beyond traditional boundaries: Adoption of innovation strategies aimed at embracing a broader ecosystem approach, developing and taking advantage of integrated manufacturing and technology clusters and partners, will be a growing imperative going forward. Competitiveness will be directly correlated to the strength and robustness of an organization’s collaborative networks and eco-systems.
  • Develop a balanced approach across the global enterprise: Increasingly sophisticated tools and strategies will be required to optimize the global manufacturing enterprise from a talent, technology, operational, financial, tax and regulatory perspective. The core of this approach is achieving a successful balance across a variety of drivers, including talent management, innovation portfolio, cost competitiveness, manufacturing footprint and supply chain in challenging and rapidly evolving new markets. Indeed, both leading companies and countries are taking a more balanced approach by building a foundation for growth across multiple drivers of global competitiveness.
  • Cultivate smart, strategic public private partnerships: Governments are becoming increasingly aware of the significant benefits a manufacturing industry provides to national economic prosperity. Likewise, manufacturing companies are keenly aware of the role government policy can play in their success. Therefore, many nations with unfavorable or overly bureaucratic manufacturing policies are working to improve and reform those, invest in greater economic development, and strengthen overall manufacturing infrastructure, while seeking to partner in more productive ways with businesses. Leading companies, in turn, are targeting new, smart and strategic public/private partnership models to help drive improvements not possible alone, resulting in non-traditional business-public sector alignments as the global competitive playing field undergoes a significant transformation at both the company and country level.

In summary, our full study offers a critical and timely jumping-off point for companies and economies as they make strategic investments in advanced manufacturing technologies and enact public policies designed to spur post-industrial era manufacturing growth. We hope, both government heads and company CEOs adopt key takeaways from this study to reshape the future of manufacturing.

Be sure to visit our GMCI Interactive Website to drill down into additional findings.

 

If you didn’t have an opportunity to view the first two post in the three part series, please be sure click the following links to read about additional findings from the Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index study: competitiveness rankings and drivers of manufacturing competitiveness.

Join the conversation on @DeloitteMFG #GMCI16

2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index examines key drivers of competitiveness

Posted by Michelle Drew Rodriguez

In the first blog post I recently wrote about the 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, which I coauthored with several colleagues at Deloitte (including Craig Giffi, Vice Chairman, US Automotive Leader and Tim Hanley, Global Manufacturing Leader) and in collaboration with the US Council on Competitiveness, I primarily discussed country rankings revealed in the Index. The study is modeled from earlier versions we released in 2010 and 2013, and the findings are based on an in-depth analysis of survey responses from more than 500 chief executive officers and senior leaders at manufacturing companies around the world. A number of interesting findings arose this year.

Continue reading “2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index examines key drivers of competitiveness”

US manufacturing competitiveness rising, set to take no. 1 spot from China by 2020

Posted by Michelle Drew Rodriguez

In a study I recently coauthored with several colleagues (including Craig Giffi, Vice Chairman, US Automotive Leader and Tim Hanley, Global Manufacturing Leader) and in collaboration with the US Council on Competitiveness, executives indicated the United States is expected to be the most competitive manufacturing nation, moving China into the number two position by 2020. The study-2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index-by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte Global) and the Council on Competitiveness (Council)-follows earlier studies we released in 2010 and 2013. This year’s rankings are based on an in-depth analysis of survey responses from more than 500 chief executive officers and senior leaders at manufacturing companies around the world, and a number of interesting findings arose.

Continue reading “US manufacturing competitiveness rising, set to take no. 1 spot from China by 2020”

Getting to Revenue with IoT in Manufacturing Logistics

Posted by Joe Mariani

It’s not just for consumers and smart gadgets. Whether you call it the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, Machine 2 Machine communication or any of the other names by which it goes, the connectivity of devices was among the most talked about technologies of 2015.i While many manufacturers and logistics providers have jumped on board and are using IoT to improve inventory visibility or flows through the production floor, there are still some hurdles to adoption. As we discussed in a recent article, the vast majority of IoT applications right now serve only to cut costs or increase efficiency. While the costs of sensors and computing have dropped in recent years, using IoT solely for cost cutting still may not be enough to justify the initial investment required.

Continue reading “Getting to Revenue with IoT in Manufacturing Logistics”