Manufacturing worldwide is undergoing dramatic changes, as the industry continues to pivot away from manual ways of working to a digitally focused one. And no one is caught in more of a bind because of it than manufacturing CIOs.
What are manufacturing CIOs’ greatest challenges — and greatest opportunities — in the coming year? The IQMS Manufacturing blog post, “Top 10 Predictions for Manufacturing CIOs In 2019,” offers plenty of insight and advice.
Expectations for the Modern Manufacturing CIO
The post starts off by pinpointing manufacturing CIOs’ single greatest challenge in 2019: “Manufacturing CIOs are now expected to be business strategists first, technical experts second as many are expected increase IT’s contributions to growth.”
What does that mean in practice? An IQMS survey of CIOs and senior manufacturing executives provides one example: “CIOs and their teams who are the most adept at integrating analytics, Business Intelligence (BI), real-time monitoring, and quality management are growing on average 10% faster than their peers.”
2019 Insight: “CIOs and their teams who are the most adept at integrating analytics, Business Intelligence (BI), real-time monitoring, and quality management are growing on average 10% faster than their peers.”
In addition, the survey found, “CIOs who can create a unified data model and power it using IoT platforms will grow the fastest and have the greatest time-to-market advantage with new products compared to peers.”
Real-time monitoring will take center stage in 2019. According to the survey, “81% of manufacturers say real-time monitoring is improving their business. 72% of manufacturers say real-time monitoring is essential for streamlining and making inventory reconciliation more efficient.”
2019 Insight: "72% of manufacturers say real-time monitoring is essential for streamlining and making inventory reconciliation more efficient.”
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