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Risk and compliance management

How to Increase the Efficiency of Your Risk and Compliance Management Strategy By 50%

The proliferation of new business processes and the changing government rules and regulations around the globe are posing challenges for small and big companies alike. However, many companies still rely on an old-school approach when it comes to risk and compliance management. Business risks today are highly volatile and rapidly changing. Consequently, the compliance and risk management approaches of every company should continuously evolve to survive these dynamic changes. Experts at Infiniti Research believe that shifting focus on the alignment of functional processes and creating a symbiotic relationship between them can play a major role in enhancing the risk and compliance management of companies. Here are some proven strategies that can be adopted to improve the existing risk and compliance of companies.

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How to improve risk and compliance management

risk and complianceUse a unique compliance and risk strategy

By adopting a unique risk and compliance management strategy, companies may anticipate future industry trends across business, products, processes, services, and geographies. This will help the organization gain a competitive advantage through well-planned compliance management programs.

Right combination of tools and technology

The risk and compliance process of companies can be made more efficient by identifying and adopting the right combination of technology and best practices. With the amount of advanced tools and technology today, this would be a rather easy task. Using a tool that can extract data from the system and then provide comprehensive insights on deviations from the desired risk and compliance policy will prove to be useful.

Collaboration and functional integration

Risk and compliance should be integrated into an enterprise-wide risk management process. This helps ensure that any issues faced by the organization relating to risk and compliance are not considered in isolation. It must include all activities related to risk and compliance management, and it should provide a framework that can be leveraged to assess an organization’s exposure to risk. This gives organizations a better opportunity to make timely and well-informed decisions.

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Enhance corporate governance

Compliance and risk management is closely linked to corporate governance. Effective corporate governance sets the tone for understanding risks and risk management capabilities and aligns the risk appetite with the organization’s opportunity-seeking behavior. Furthermore, elevating risk management to a strategic level strengthens board oversight, clarifies risk management roles and responsibilities, sets risk management authorities and boundaries, and ensure effective communication of risk responses in support of key business objectives.

Training initiatives

Not just the employees, even managers in some of the top companies around the globe still are completely unprepared to address risk and compliance related issues. Considering the fact that compliance is one of the greatest risks your organization faces, appropriate training should be at the top of any company’s risk management plan. Moreover, having well-defined processes as well as documented policies, procedure and guidelines help ensure better risk and compliance management throughout an organization.

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4 Factors Shaping the Future of Healthcare

The healthcare industry has experienced a myriad of changes ranging from public legislation to technological development over the past couple of years. With the increasing population and the rising need for enhanced healthcare services, we can expect the future of healthcare to be dominated by technological advancements to ensure the efficiency of both patient care and processes in healthcare organizations. In this blog, healthcare industry experts at Infiniti Research unveil factors that play a key role in shaping the future of healthcare.

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Factors shaping the future of healthcare

Future of healthcareCosts

There is an increased demand for healthcare services in the US. Experts predict that consumer spending on healthcare is expected to rise exponentially over the next decade. However, the healthcare costs are also expected to see a rise in the future of healthcare industry. The lack of transparency in pricing in U.S. healthcare organization will add on to this challenge.

Aging population

According to recent reports, a quarter of the US population consists of baby boomers. This generation is estimated to have a greater life expectancy than any of the previous generations. This means that there will be an increasing need for continued medical care for this population in the future of healthcare. Furthermore, the rising population will spur the need for healthcare services. This means that healthcare talent management professionals will continue to battle head-to-head with their peers. Furthermore, the biggest growth areas for employment in the future of healthcare will be home health aides, geriatric nurses, physical therapists, and similar jobs.

If healthcare providers can transform their organizations to foresee future challenges and plan strategies to overcome them, they are one step closer to success in the long run. Get in touch with our healthcare industry experts to know how we help clients to keep a closer watch on their target markets.

Healthcare consumerism

One of the biggest trends in healthcare right now is consumerism, and this trend is expected to play a dominant role even in the future of healthcare. Patients now have gradually started to believe that proactivity on their part is critical to ensuring high quality care and better outcomes.  As a result, patients are now taking active participation in their care experience and are even more empowered to choose their care plans. Furthermore, decreasing levels of direct contact with medical professionals are becoming common, and in the future of healthcare, patients will be able to order refills, schedule appointments, and consult with their primary care physicians with the use of online patient portals.

Drugstore clinics

There is an increase in the prevalence of healthcare clinics across the US, and this growth is expected to continue through the future of healthcare. These establishments provide a wide range of services including treating sprains and shingles, administering pregnancy tests, doing diabetes monitoring, and much more. This will be a direct competitive threat for the healthcare organizations in the near future.

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Factors to Consider for an Ideal Go to Market Strategy Framework

What is a go to market strategy framework?

Go to market strategy is often confused with a business plan. While the two are closely related, they are different from one another. While a business plan is a broader concept, a go to market strategy framework is primarily focused on delivering a product or service to the end consumer. In a competitive market, an organization’s chances of standing out not only depends on the products or services offered but also on how these products or services are brought to the market. A go to market plan is the unique approach that sales leaders take for winning a market. It’s the decisions leaders make to prepare their organizations for the future and outperform their competitors. Experts at Infiniti Research have listed below some crucial factors to consider before building a go to market strategy framework.

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go to market strategy frameworkTarget audience

Identifying who the target audience is the foundation of a go to market strategy framework. It begins by defining various customer segments while ensuring that each segment is discrete and distinct. Once the target customer segments are identified, understand the challenges faced by them. Pinpoint specific reasons why the target group of customers should choose you and how you can help provide them with a solution to overcome their challenge.

Channels

Once the target audience segments have been sketched, the next step in building an ideal go to market strategy framework is to identify the best channels (both direct and indirect) for reaching out to the customers. This helps businesses examine and understand where their target customers are. Then appropriate marketing channel selection can be done based on the best way to reach customers.

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Packaging and pricing

Packaging and pricing requirements vary from company to company. Therefore, brands must identify the best solution that suits their offering rather than trying to copy their counterparts. A successful go to market strategy framework begins with creating a strong product and brand image. The packaging, as well as the pricing, should do justice to the brand image that the company has created or wants to create in the market.

Customer acquisition cost strategy

A go to market strategy framework becomes incomplete without an appropriate customer acquisition and costs model. The customer acquisition cost is related to pricing and packaging. If what you get from the target customers is lesser than the costs of acquiring these customers, then businesses need to reconsider their customer acquisition strategy. The ability of a firm to monetize its customers is critical. So, keeping tabs on the customer acquisition cost and lifetime value helps avoid any imbalance in the money being spent and returns gained.

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Navigating Complexity for Specialty Chemical Companies: 8 Major Roadblocks and How to Over Them

With plummeting profitability and increasing market competition, specialty chemical companies are undergoing several unique challenges. They must identify strategies to pull through such roadblocks in order to survive in the long run.

The global specialty chemicals market continues to expand at a rapid pace. This growth has been underpinned by factors including increased productivity, sound business models, and portfolio restructuring. However, market growth isn’t exactly good news for the existing companies in the specialty chemicals industry. The flourishing market means that it would draw in more players and add on to the competitive pressure in the industry. Therefore, survival for specialty chemical companies greatly depends on understanding the most pressing challenges and leveraging insightful strategic planning to overcome them.

Key challenges facing specialty chemical companies 2019

specialty chemical companiesChanging business portfolios

Specialty chemical companies are increasingly being transformed through increasing product diversification and rapid merger and acquisition activities. Business portfolios of specialty chemical companies are constantly changing as producers add and dispossess divisions, engage in new market entries, and participate in mergers. Moreover, globalization has increased the business portfolio complexity of specialty chemical companies.

Dynamic demand patterns

One of the key challenges faced by specialty chemical manufacturers is uncertain and unpredictable demand patterns. They also have only limited visibility into future customer orders. The growing customer portfolios spanning over several end-use markets and visibility into demand variability represents significant challenges for specialty chemicals manufacturers.

Specialty chemical companies are currently facing several unique challenges. Fortunately, there are some strategies that specialty chemicals producers can take to support success. RFP for more insights.

Expanding product portfolios

In order to increase differentiation, strategize new market entry, and maximize customer loyalty, specialty chemical companies are continuously experimenting with new product innovations. New product introductions coupled with frequent adaptation of existing products have caused a significant rise in the number of products produced, consequently, leading to greater operational complexity.

Regulation and compliance

Specialty chemicals manufacturers are increasingly facing issues in documentation and certification of product quality and procedural compliance. These issues are largely driven by government regulations, end-use market requirements, or specific customer requirements. Furthermore, batch and lot level traceability requirements are becoming common in several segments and add to the complexity of operations.

Increasing customer intimacy

Specialty chemical companies are increasingly adopting the trend of moving closer to their customers by offering them tailored products and customer-specific service arrangements. Although moving closer to the customers has been a source of differentiation for specialty chemical companies, it has resulted in increased complexity of other business operations.

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Industry price changes

The raw materials used by specialty chemical manufacturers are often priced on the higher side. The market fluctuations between countries often leave manufacturers vulnerable to the associated price drops. For instance, the 2014 shale gas price drop in the US resulted in heightened competition in Europe. This placed additional pressure on manufacturers in an already high-pressure market.

Growing demand for multi-stage manufacturing

Customers are increasingly seeking specialty chemicals that can only be produced through complex, multi-stage, multi-product processes that require more time to complete and an extensive list of components. Both of these can largely cut into the profit margin of specialty chemical companies.

Technology upgrade requirements

Most of the digital technology available today can be both a boon and a bane for specialty chemicals companies. While tools like IoT, artificial intelligence, and blockchain provide several advantages, implementing and integrating them into existing processes can be a time consuming and labor-intensive process.

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Banking industry trends

Top Banking Industry Trends Dominating the European Market

Banking companies across Europe are gradually moving from traditional banking techniques to digital banking in order to enhance customer experience and stay competitive in the market. Although European banks are facing the heat from increasing political volatility, new regulations, and persistent questions about the technological transformation of banking, the sector is expected to mark a positive growth in the next few years. Experts at Infiniti have identified some of the most attractive banking industry trends that will dominate the agenda of European banking executives and will transform the industry in the years to come.

Bankers across Europe believe that technology and process innovation will transform the retail-banking landscape in the next three to five years. Are you prepared for this change? RFP to know how our banking industry analysis can help you stay updated with the opportunities and challenges in the market and formulate effective strategies to stay competitive in the market.

European banking industry trends

banking industry trendsDigitalization of corporate banking

As the continued dissatisfaction of national and multinational companies relating to service dissatisfaction becomes impossible to ignore, corporate banks are finally making the leap to go digital. The back-office operations such as cash management have already been digitalized and are expected to extend through middle office (which involves the creation of new banking products) and front office (relationship managers will get hands-on experience in using digital tools) operations this year.

Growth of Fintech and RegTech

Last year, Fintech and RegTech spending continued to proliferate in EMEA’S emerging markets. With new firms entering the competitive environment, such banking industry trends will continue to persist. Banking industry trends such as increasing spending on FinTech and RegTech is intrinsically linked with improving levels of financial inclusiveness.

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Open banking standards

Banking industry trends like open banking has taken the more advanced economies of EMEA by storm. In open banking retail/corporate customers are in control of sharing their financial assets and personal data with third-party providers of their choice. To enable this, banks open-up and share their infrastructure (including data and functionality) and documentation (code) with third parties, usually through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). An open banking standard prescribes the steps which banking sector companies must take. In Europe, several top banking corporations are making a collaborative effort to create an open API standard.

Technological innovations to promote financial inclusion

One of the most prominent banking industry trends this year will be to connect and reconnect customers to the financial system. While advancements have been made to bridge the gap between people having access to banking services and those who do not, progress needs to move at a faster pace. This requires the collaborative efforts of national governments, financial service providers, telcos, and other technology vendors.

Acceleration of platformification

Bundling together multiple services into one online platform is known as platformification. Banking industry trends such as platformification is aimed at providing an efficient, automated, and integrated customer experience. This consequently drives improved financial and operational performance.

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The Perks of Using Customer Segmentation Analysis in Retail

The retail industry is undergoing a rapid phase of change as brands are increasingly focusing on developing highly personalized customer experiences. Furthermore, the rising market competition has resulted in increasing customer expectations. Customers expect brands to understand their individual needs and provide an exceptional customer experience. To achieve this, retail companies must move on from the one-size-fits-all approach to a more personalized approach in order to cater to different customer needs. This is where the role of customer segmentation analysis comes into play. Customer segmentation analysis in the retail industry involves arranging a broad customer base into smaller subgroups. These subgroups represent a common customer need or goal. Retailers can then formulate strategies to satisfy the needs of each of these customer segments.

It is increasingly important for marketers to send relevant messages that are tailored to the appropriate stage of the purchase funnel. Infiniti’s customer intelligence solutions combine the best data gathering approaches to identify the most profitable customer segments, measure the effectiveness of a marketing campaign, assess changes in customer expectations, and devise value maximization strategies to enhance their shares. Request a free proposal to know more about our customer intelligence solutions.

Benefits of customer segmentation analysis in retail

Customer segmentation analysisRetail marketers are constantly on the lookout for ways to attract more customers by improving the effectiveness of their campaigns. Customer segmentation analysis can help them better plan their marketing strategy. Additionally, having a customer segmentation model also helps retailers understand what offers or product customizations will work with each group of customers.

Individualize customers

Marketing, customer services, and even product development can be made more effective with the help of customer segmentation analysis by giving retailers comprehensive insights about their specific customer groups. Not every shopper has the same expectations from a brand. Without a customer segmentation model that reflect the needs of customers more accurately, retailers often struggle to meet customer expectations.

While most retailers know they need a sophisticated approach to customer segmentation analysis, many still struggle to understand their customer with a 360-degree view. Get in touch with us to know how we help our clients identify target customers, realize factors that drive customers to competitors, gain a clear understanding of budgets and timelines, compare product or service pricing, and also understand customers’ decision-making process.

Collecting smarter data

Customer segmentation analysis not only helps retailers gain a better understanding of their customers, but it also helps them evaluate their own performance. Different metrics relating to marketing campaigns, sales, and other incentive programs can be broken down into different segments based on the customers’ transactional data. Additionally, most cloud-based POS solutions record and update customer data automatically whenever they make a purchase. This information is then synced across all retail locations and connected devices. When grouped into different segments, customers’ spending history can be used to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of the marketing campaign and business model as a whole.  Moreover, customer segmentation analysis also provides retailers with a better idea of who buys what, which can be used when expanding products or adding new merchandise.

Enhancing marketing campaigns

One of the biggest advantages of customer segmentation analysis is that it helps in enhancing the marketing campaigns of retail companies. By tracking different customer groups, retailers can analyze different variables that will help them determine ways to attract new customers, build brand loyalty, and create awareness around specific products.

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How Brands can Amplify their Customer Retention Strategies for Gen Z Consumers

Gen Z refers to the group of population who were born in the years ranging from 1995 to 2010. This generation is known to be the true digital natives as they have been exposed to the internet, social networks, and mobile systems from the earliest stages of growing up. Gen Z is projected to account for almost half of the total U.S. consumers by 2020. This means that brands now have a new set of customers to target whose needs and behavior are much different from their predecessors. As this group of consumers are nuanced and highly complex, tried and tested customer retention strategies often fail to win the loyalty of these young and powerful consumers.

The younger generation has become potent influencers for different age and income groups and even play an important role in the way consumers relate to brands. Gen Z consumers tend to value individual expression and avoid labels. They are also believed to make decisions and relate to companies in highly analytical and pragmatic ways. According to experts at Infiniti Research, brands must include the following tactics into their customer retention program in order to win over Gen Z consumer.

The increased access to technology has given young consumers an unprecedented degree of connectivity. For brands, this trend will bring both challenges and equally attractive opportunities. RFP to know how our experts can help you identify market opportunities and build better customer retention strategies.

Customer retention strategies for Gen Z consumers

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Invest in loyalty programs

One of the most crucial customer retention strategies that forward-thinking brands must consider is to invest in a customer loyalty program. Otherwise, sectors including media, retail, beauty, and CPG are at high risk of losing customers to their competitors. Gen Z is more likely to be loyal to brands that have loyalty programs when compared to millennials.

Be where the customers are

Gen Z is known to be highly active on social media and other digital channels. So, brands must base their customer retention strategies around these platforms. These consumers are also equally active offline. They expect to be able to check the availability of in-store products online and vice versa. These consumers are more likely to research a product before actually making the purchase. By investing in customer retention strategies like loyalty programs, brands can incentivize across different channels.

Formulating customer retention strategies for Gen Z customers is much more complex when compared to millennials or Gen X consumers. Get in touch with us to know how Infiniti’s customer retention solution can help you identify strategies to attract and retain different customer groups.

Rewards for spend and engagement

Creating value by rewarding both spend and engagement is one of the most attractive customer retention strategies that top companies are looking at. Brands must ensure that their reward for spend strategy is frictionless across multiple channels. Such tactics are great customer retention strategies as they not only ensure customer engagement, but they also make things more convenient for customers.

Personalization using data

One of the key imperatives for effective customer loyalty and retention is to gain an in-depth understanding of the customers. To do this they need to continuously gather data about their customers across channels and use this data to identify customer needs and create better marketing strategies. Gen Z consumers are generally more willing to participate in surveys, provide their feedback on a service or a product, and socially connect with brands. Every brand that wants to capture the Gen Z audience must leverage data to offer personalization to customers and drive brand engagement and customer loyalty.

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4 Trends to Keep an Eye on for Improving Healthcare Quality

Quality and safety are paramount for the survival of healthcare companies. With the gradual shift to patient-centric healthcare and the rising market competition, ensuring healthcare quality has now become more important than ever before for providers. While new medical technologies and scientific advancement will boost quality improvement in healthcare, experts at Infiniti Research believe that innovation in activities such as patient experience and risk management will act as primary drivers in the future of healthcare.

Healthcare quality trends 2019

healthcare qualityHealthcare quality trend #1: Leveraging healthcare data

Data is now the foundation of meaningful healthcare quality improvement initiatives. Providers have realized that the data collected and used plays a significant role in quality assurance in healthcare. As a result, increased importance is being given by top healthcare companies to collect meaningful patient data and turning them into actionable insights to improve healthcare quality.

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Healthcare quality trend #2: Augmented reality training

Augmented reality is becoming increasingly popular across various industries, but its role is particularly powerful in the healthcare sector. Augmented reality has powerful use cases in medical training. It can help healthcare professionals to see diagnosis and procedures right in front of them, enabling them to learn new skills and expand their knowledge. This helps to overcome the gaps in the training given to medical professionals and thereby improve the quality and safety in healthcare.

Healthcare quality trend #3: personalization of patient experience

With the availability of abundance healthcare and patient data comes the ability for healthcare providers to personalize care delivery and patient experience. Healthcare providers will soon be able to create a complete personalized care plan for each patient. Clinics will be able to use data to see what a patient prefers such as if they like being seen in person or remotely, their health history, and any potential health issues rather than treating every patient in the same manner.

Quality and safety in healthcare are now going mainstream, especially after increased patient awareness due to the advent of technology. Are you facing difficulties in ensuring enhanced patient experience through improved healthcare quality? Get in touch with our experts to know how our solutions can help you overcome such challenges.

Healthcare quality trend #4: Technology will drive efficiency

Healthcare organizations are in the increasing need for an integrated system to protect and defend across the care continuum. Providers prefer smarter integration of disconnected data systems over complex patchwork solutions that seek to gather and analyze information scattered across multiple sources and entities. Furthermore, automating routine tasks such as paperwork becomes easier for healthcare providers using technology.

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Biggest Challenges Facing the Oil and Gas Companies in 2019

The oil and gas companies operate within complex national and global frameworks. Although expansion into new geographies such as ultra-deepwater drilling is opening up new avenues for revenue growth, it is also simultaneously increasing the complexity and risk of business operations. Moreover, the dynamic regulatory frameworks imposed by various national governments on oil and gas companies is adding to the scrutiny within which oil and gas companies are operating in. Additionally, factors like China’s gradual shift away from coal and an insatiable appetite for liquefied natural gas (LNG) will bring unusual challenges to the marketplace by the end of this year. In response, top oil and gas companies and industry leaders will need to review their strategy to factor in a widely anticipated slowdown in economic growth, an increasing focus on renewables, a likely trade war, and tension between the U.S. and Iran.

Oil and gas industry challenges 2019

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Impact of trade wars

The 25 per cent hike in steel tariff that was meant to drive jobs back to the United States and encourage domestic steel producers has consequently led to a rise in the price of specialty tubing and pipelines. This has given rise to the possibility of cost inflation in future oil and gas projects and turnarounds alike. Increased steel costs eventually have an impact on the overall price of pipeline and will be reflected in a gradually increased price for products in the oil and gas industry.

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Reducing costs to remain competitive

Producing at a lower cost to stay competitive in the market is one of the key challenges facing oil and gas companies. Optimizing production systems and environmental utilities on the current operating sites is, therefore, a priority for oil companies. This would help maximize production efficiency, reduce the costs of extraction and refining and thereby offset the exploration costs.

Sustainability challenges

In order to ensure sustainability, oil and gas companies are increasingly looking to extend the life of mature sites and are also compelled to seek new sources of oil or gas for which extraction, transport and refining are highly complex and costly. To achieve this, they also need to achieve 100% reliability of their plants which includes no unplanned shutdowns, increased output, and secure industrial assets.

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Employee onboarding and retention

With an aging and shrinking talent pool, oil and gas companies will have to invest more than ever to attract the best people to their business. Furthermore, as specialized experience lies predominantly with the older age groups, oil companies face critical challenges in recruiting and training the next generation and matching the staffing demands of a starved sector.

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Answering 4 Key Questions About Smart Manufacturing

Over the past couple of years, smart manufacturing has been the trending topic of discussion amongst manufacturing experts, strategies, and industry thought leaders. Despite smart manufacturing garnering increasing popularity, many in the manufacturing industry aren’t quite sure of what it entails, its benefits, and how it is relevant in their organization. Smart manufacturing is a powerful force with the potential to restructure the existing competitive landscape and produce a new set of market leaders. Companies that are slow to adopt such advanced technologies and processes could be left behind.  In this blog, experts at Infiniti answer four key questions relating to smart manufacturing and how it is transforming the manufacturing landscape as we know it.

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What is smart manufacturing?

Smart manufacturing involves the use of fully-integrated and collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real time for catering to the rapidly changing demands and conditions in the factory, in the supply network, and in customer needs. It is a broad concept that cannot be implemented directly in the production concept. It employs computer controls, modeling, big data, and other automation to enhance manufacturing efficiencies.

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What are the benefits of smart manufacturing?

Smart manufacturing opens up new avenues of innovation that will optimize the creation of higher quality products, improve productivity, sustain safer plant floors, and improve energy efficiency. Furthermore, it will give manufacturers that opportunity to boost employment rates over the current national manufacturing workforce. With the adoption of smart manufacturing techniques, more technology based manufacturing job positions will be available, creating direct manufacturing as well as non-manufacturing positions.

What does smart manufacturing mean for manufacturers?

For small manufacturing companies leveraging any type of business intelligence solution from legacy systems has been extremely limited.  Generally, these systems not interoperable. As business models are increasingly becoming non-scalable, non-replicable, overly complex, and costly, it is increasing the difficulties for small manufacturing firms. Using smart manufacturing technology, small and medium companies in the manufacturing industry will gain access to new and growing forms of business intelligence. It can also be used to analyze data and test simulations that play a significant role in improving products, design, and performance.

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How does data drive smart manufacturing?

Smart manufacturing primarily revolves around harnessing data. Since smart factories are built on the foundation of data, cybersecurity will play a key role in the entire manufacturing ecosystem. While enabling advanced techniques such as smart manufacturing, data security is imperative. Machines, smart sensors and robotic platforms on the shop floor generate data that is necessary for monitoring, maintenance, and the basic management of the production line. However, much of this data remains in information silos within the factory. Greater integration of context data coming from several different data sources can enhance efficiency and increase the speed of production processes.

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