The proliferation of IIoT devices has changed the manufacturing landscape and is now challenging the manufacturing operations model. Will your manufacturing applications be able to support this new model or are they built assuming that the CIM pyramid will stand as long as the real ones have?
These are just a few of the important trends in a rapidly transforming industry. Aerospace & Defense is being thrust into disruption and innovation, but the good news is that digital technology has matured and is ready to respond to the new environment.
Those managing manufacturing operations may think its better to delay upgrading their MES, but by understanding the opportunity cost or risk of deferring an MES upgrade, however, might lead to a different conclusion.
Each industry may have additional environmental factors as will companies that may have corporate technology standards. Therefore, it's important to pick a set of suppliers that can exist in a compatible ecosystem while minimizing the technical debt associated with a multi-vendor IT/OT architecture.
The theme of our fourth educational webinar, The Importance of End User Acceptance, was a reminder of how important it is to engage with those who will be using an MES or any other IT system as part of the implementation. Here's a summary of what was discussed.