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Using ecosystems to accelerate smart manufacturing

A regional analysis

Rapid technological advancement warranted the need to invest in digital technologies in manufacturing even before the arrival of COVID-19, as companies struggled to improve production and replace legacy systems. As the pandemic began its global spread, the need to transform only became more pressing. However, this change cannot happen in isolation − ecosystem players need to work together and manage the industry-wide disruption. 

To delve deeper into this, Deloitte together with the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) ran a survey to examine whether smart manufacturing ecosystems could help accelerate overall production. The study included an online survey of more than 850 executives at manufacturing companies across three regions: North America, Europe, and Asia. It also included executive interviews with more than 30 leaders from manufacturing companies and ecosystem participants.

This regional analysis compares the responses to see where manufacturers across geographies stand today in their journey of transition towards an ecosystem approach.

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The path forward

As follow up on the extensive study Deloitte created a smart manufacturing implementation guide. This guide provides manufacturers actionable advice to building an ecosystem, it identifies a path forward to help manufacturers accelerate progress.

The ecosystem approach can work, but it’s not easy. It requires a deliberate method that often involves an executive commitment to solving priority business issues with smart manufacturing and the creation of a road map with important milestones. Then, to support the road map, manufacturers often reach out to their ecosystem to build an enabling platform with an enterprise architecture. Curating connections strategically, manufacturers then accelerate their initiatives while determining which specific advanced capabilities to cultivate in-house. 

Steps to start your smart manufacturing ecosystem

  • Define scope: Don’t build capabilities you don’t need to. If you understand the nature of the business issue, the scope of the solution becomes easier to understand.
  • Act with speed: Speed is one of the key benefits of tapping into an ecosystem.
  • Scale fast: It’s easy to do a proof of concept in an unscalable way. The ecosystem is ready to scale your test case. It brings scalable capabilities that are ready to respond.
  • Systemize the process: Create repeatable steps so that as you continue to activate new business use cases, you can tap into the ecosystem more readily.

Implementation guide

Pathways to build ecosystems in manufacturing industry

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