IDC has revealed its forecast on operations technology spending for 2018.
By the end of 2018, 25 percent of COOs in large manufacturers will have a transformational role, enabling new business models by focusing on customer fulfillment, and will be involved in all strategic business decisions.
By the end of 2018, to accelerate digital transformation, 20 percent of manufacturers will have explored proof-of-concept initiatives for “industrial equipment as a service.”
By 2019, 20 percent of large discrete manufacturers will have re-leaned shop floor operations and organization, thus transforming the workforce and production processes and improving the OEE metric by a minimum of 5 percent.
In 2019, 30 percent of large manufacturers will have started to invest in end-to-end industrial IoT platforms to enable seamless IT/OT integration.
By 2020, 50 percent of G2000 manufacturers will leverage digital twins in both greenfield and brownfield environments to embed new capabilities in their factories, such as improved visibility, always-on operations, and greater flexibility.
By 2021, large manufacturers will have automated up to 40 percent of their B2B2C processes, reducing the need for human intervention using a combination of IoT, robotics, and cognitive solutions.
By 2021, 30 percent of leading manufacturers will have deployed cyber-physical robotic systems, resulting in a 10–20 percent improvement in productivity.
By 2019, 10 percent of manufacturers will have started to deploy cloud-based execution models that depend on edge analytics to enable the seamless handover of data to enterprise applications and to achieve real-time visibility, supply chain integration, and increased operational flexibility.
By 2020, 30 percent of manufacturers will have deployed or will be piloting distributed manufacturing concepts to transform product design, improve customer fulfillment, reduce excess capacity, and optimize logistics cost structures.
By 2020, blockchain and open standards, such as OPC UA, will be used to improve M2M transactions and processes such as traceability, maintenance, and customer orders.