2019 Manufacturing Trends Report

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Since the First Industrial Revolution, manufacturing has been the force pushing industrial and societal transformation forward. Today, we’re in the midst of another industrial revolution, as a new generation of sophisticated technologies is transforming manufacturing into a highly connected, intelligent and, ultimately, more productive industry. IT systems are merging with operational technology systems to create smarter operations. Organizations are moving from product models to service models, giving customers more options, greater flexibility and high-quality consumer experiences. Artificial intelligence and machine learning give manufacturers the ability to automate workflows, allowing for real-time visibility into operations and performance.

Along with technological advancements in manufacturing, businesses also must rethink how they operate from a cultural standpoint. A new, young and highly educated workforce is entering the marketplace. Manufacturing leaders must empower two new generations with the vision, opportunity and resources to make their mark. In an incredibly polarized political environment, attitudes can shift on a dime, making it difficult for companies to plan for the future. Manufacturers must know how to address a wide range of threats to their business and adapt as market conditions change. This report from Microsoft explores emerging trends in manufacturing that can help empower manufacturers to design more intelligent operations and increase the speed of doing business.

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