ICT Priorities in Manufacturing - Enterprise ICT investment plans

  • Dec 2013
  • By Kable
  • 35 pages

ICT Priorities in Manufacturing - Enterprise ICT investment plans

  • Dec 2013
  • By Kable
  • 35 pages
Product Synopsis

This report presents the findings from a survey of 166 manufacturers regarding their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) investment priorities. The survey investigates the core technologies which manufacturers are investing in, including the likes of enterprise applications, security, mobility, communications and collaboration, and Cloud Computing.

Introduction and Landscape

Why was the report written?
In order to provide deeper insights into manufacturers' ICT investment priorities and strategic objectives.

What is the current market landscape and what is changing?
Cloud computing is currently receiving lower investments in the manufacturing sector. However, Kable believes that spending on cloud computing is set to witness an upward momentum in the coming months.

What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?
Manufacturers are planning to invest in cloud computing in the coming two years, primarily driven by its advantages such as cost reductions, ease of management, and improved scalability.

What makes this report unique and essential to read?
Kable Global ICT Intelligence has invested significant resources in order to interview CIOs and IT managers about their IT investment priorities. Very few IT analyst houses will have interviewed 160+ ICT decision makers in manufacturing sector in H2 2012.

Key Features and Benefits

Recognize manufacturers' strategic objectives with regards to their ICT investments.

Identify manufacturers' investment priorities based on their budget allocations across core technology categories such as enterprise applications, security, mobility, communications and collaboration, and Cloud Computing, etc.

Learn about the drivers that are influencing manufacturers' investments in each technology category.

Establish how manufacturers' IT budgets are currently allocated across various segments within a technology category.

Gain insight into how manufacturers' plan to change their ICT budget allocations across various segments within a technology category.

Key Market Issues

Kable's survey shows that manufacturers are placing utmost importance on improving security/privacy with an average score of X on a scale of 1 to 4, to address issues relating to cyber and malware attacks effectively.

According to Kable's survey, 89% of manufacturers currently use BI tools, and 83% are planning investments in this area in the next twenty-four months. Demand for BI technologies is driven by manufacturers' desire to maximize efficiency, whilst at the same time identifying new revenue opportunities.

E-mail archiving is one of the most widely deployed content management technologies in the manufacturing sector, with penetration rates of 74%. Ever-increasing e-mail volumes and growing compliance requirements are making e-mail archiving a critical business consideration.

Manufacturers' increasing concerns related to rising carbon emission is driving demand for technologies such as green IT and virtualization within the sector. This is reiterated by Kable's survey results, which indicate that 93% of manufacturers are already using green technologies.

Manufacturers are also assigning equal importance to standardizing infrastructure technologies (with a rating of X), as they are continuously looking to reduce the complexity of their ICT infrastructure in order to improve their operations and reduce their IT management costs.

Key Highlights

Kable expects the demand for PLM, BPM, and ERP to be high in the next two years, as 63%, 58%, and 57% of manufacturers are planning investments in these technologies respectively.

In order to prevent data theft of critical business information and have strict control over systems and application access, manufacturers have been making widespread investments in identity and access management (IAM) solutions, with X% of respondents currently using such solutions.

The increasing acceptance of the bring your own device (BYOD) and cloud computing models by manufacturers and the availability of multipurpose mobile devices, the adoption of tablet computing is set to gain traction. This is supported by the survey data, as 87% of manufacturers are planning to make investments in this segment in the next two years.

With increasing globalisation, most manufacturers operate through diversified locations, and in order to reduce travelling and other associated costs and improve collaboration and productivity, 69% of manufacturers are planning investments in this area in the next two years.

Currently, hybrid cloud has the lowest penetration compared to other categories, however the demand for such solutions is set to rise, with 61% of manufacturers planning investments here through to the end of 2014.
1 Enterprise ICT investment trends
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Survey demographics
1.3 ICT budget changes
1.4 Strategic objectives
1.5 Core technology investment priorities
2 Detailed ICT investment priorities
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Enterprise applications
2.3 Business intelligence
2.4 Security
2.5 Content management
2.6 Mobility
2.7 IT systems management
2.8 Communications and collaboration
2.9 Green IT and virtualization
2.1 Cloud computing solutions
3 Summary
3.1 The demand for core and advanced technologies will gain traction as manufacturers look to expand their operations
4 Appendix
4.1 Definitions
4.2 Further reading
4.3 Contact the authors

List of Tables

Table 1: Manufacturing - enterprise ICT survey geographic breakdown
Table 2: Manufacturing - enterprise ICT survey breakdown by size band (number of employees)
Table 3: Recent and expected ICT budget changes among manufacturers
Table 4: Current strategic objectives of manufacturers
Table 5: Current and future investment priorities of manufacturers across core technologies
Table 6: Enterprise applications - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Table 7: Business intelligence - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Table 8: Security - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Table 9: Content management - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Table 10: Mobility - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Table 11: IT systems management - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Table 12: Communications and collaboration - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Table 13: Green IT and virtualization - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Table 14: Cloud computing solutions - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities

List of Figures

Figure 1: Manufacturing - enterprise ICT survey geographic breakdown
Figure 2: Manufacturing - enterprise ICT survey breakdown by size band (number of employees)
Figure 3: Recent and expected ICT budget changes among manufacturers
Figure 4: Current strategic objectives of manufacturers
Figure 5: Current and future investment priorities of manufacturers across core technologies
Figure 6: Enterprise applications - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Figure 7: Business intelligence - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Figure 8: Security - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Figure 9: Content management - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Figure 10: Mobility - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Figure 11: IT systems management - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Figure 12: Communications and collaboration - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Figure 13: Green IT and virtualization - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
Figure 14: Cloud computing solutions - manufacturers' current and future investment priorities
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