The Need for Collaboration & Efficiency Fosters Opportunity for Mobile in Manufacturing

The global Collaborative Production Management for Process Industries market is increasing in all regions of the world, driven by the need to collaborate and increase efficiency.

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The Collaborative Production Management for Process Industries (CPM-P) market is hot—largely driven by mobile devices, big data analytics, manufacturing intelligence, energy management, regulations, globalization, performance improvements, and the need to reduce manufacturing costs, according to a report from ARC Advisory Group.

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The global CPM market, which includes Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), is increasing in all regions of the world, driven by the need to collaborate and increase efficiency. Growth in the market is also due to the increased need for real-time information and the use of newer technologies, such as usability tools, software templates and apps, and mobility devices. Despite economic instability and risk aversion in some areas, ARC expects that industry dynamics will continue to drive overall CPM-P market growth in 2013 and beyond.

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Mobile Device Usage Is Rapidly Increasing
“Due to improved graphic capabilities and the emergence of cloud computing, mobile devices with customized displays are rapidly making their way into the manufacturing environment and driving CPM-P/MES growth," said Principal Consultant, Janice Abel, the lead author of ARC’s “Collaborative Production Management for the Process Industries Global Market Research Study." "Specialized graphics and displays are being designed for smartphones and tablets that correspond to the new smaller screens with easy-to-use pop-ups and drill down capabilities that contain key information. Apps are being designed to incorporate customized screens and include interaction and collaboration with information that can drive faster time to results.”

Time to Value More Important than Ever
Achieving and sustaining profitability in manufacturing is getting more challenging as the uncertainty and volatility in the cost of energy, raw materials, water, and other resources rise, and compliance and risk management become more complex. Suppliers have responded with tools, applications, and methods to help end users achieve higher ROI and faster time to value, including improved interoperability and integration tools, modular software with app-like functionality, and templates.

Disruptive Software Technologies
According to Abel, there are disruptive software technologies and market dynamics that will drive implementation over the next five years. For example, changing workplace demographics are driving innovative use of new tools and technologies such as dashboards, analytics, tablets, and smartphones—all drivers for CPM-P applications. Suppliers are finding ways to match the experience to the end user with displays and interfaces that focus the information specifically for the functionality or role of the user. The complexity of today’s manufacturing environment requires engineers, operators, and managers to use different applications, dashboards, and performance measures.

Newer technologies and IT solutions are being implemented and next-generation architectures offer better integration, collaboration, visibility, ease of use, and time to value tools.

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