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Rethinking the Manufacturing Organization in the Age of IoT

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 12, 2015

Network_Design.jpgBOSTON--We all know the Internet of Things (IoT) will dramatically change the products we manufacture and use, making them smart, connected, and, ultimately, more autonomous.

But what impact will the IoT and all of those smart products have on the cultures and organizational structures of the companies that manufacture them? It will be significant, said Michael Porter, an author and professor at the Harvard-based The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, in remarks to the LiveWorx 2015 conference hosted here last week by PTC. And, said Porter, the manufacturers that manage to gracefully navigate those often challenging changes may find a significant competitive advantage.

The IoT era, for example, will require much tighter and more agile collaboration between what historically have been stove-piped organizational functions such as IT, engineering, R&D, service, and manufacturing. That’s because the IoT has the potential to change the very nature of manufactured products and how they must be designed, engineered, manufactured, and serviced.

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