Manufacturers are reporting significantly higher levels of smart manufacturing success year-over-year, but say organizational change remains a challenge, according to the results of the 2023 ISG Smart Manufacturing Survey presented here today at an industry event hosted by Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.
The ISG survey of more than 125 senior decision-makers involved in smart manufacturing programs at multinational enterprises found 71 percent of manufacturers say they are achieving anticipated results from smart manufacturing initiatives in 2023, up from 37 percent in 2022. At the same time, uncertainty over whether success has been achieved has decreased significantly, down to 11 percent, compared with 53 percent last year.
Presenting the survey results at the ISG TechXchange: Smart Manufacturing event today in Chicago, Gaurav Gupta, partner and global head of ISG Digital Engineering, said enterprises cite productivity improvements, cost savings and supply chain resilience as the primary objectives for smart manufacturing initiatives. The first tangible smart manufacturing results are achieved within 12 months in 81 percent of reported cases, the survey found.
Driven by that success, smart manufacturing initiatives are growing, with 75 percent of programs employing at least 100 professionals in 2023, up from 40 percent last year. The proportion of programs involving 2,500 or more employees has doubled in that time as manufacturers increase their deployment of smart manufacturing plans.
Change management has been the biggest challenge facing firms adopting smart manufacturing over the past two years, with 58 percent of businesses placing it among their top three challenges, and 22 percent naming it their single most important issue. Respondents point both to a lack of change management strategy and change management programs with conflicting priorities.
Regional challenges vary, as US-based manufacturing companies highlighted legacy equipment as their second biggest challenge following change management, while European companies identified funding, ROI, scalability, training and IT/OT/ET integration as their top challenges after change management.
Lytle said organizational workflows can simplify processes across smart manufacturing initiatives, and organizational structure should nurture a culture aligned to common business goals.
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