The first section defines the High Tech and General Manufacturing sectors in an Irish context and provides supporting business and technology data to provide a timely background into the state of these markets.
The next section lists a number of key business issues and the technology implications for each of these. Key strategic issues identified include Supply Chain management, Asset Management, Enterprise Systems and Outsourcing. The business drivers for each manufacturing trend are discussed and the technology response for each of these is also outlined. The key benefits of the trends are then described and a case study illustrating them in a real-world context is presented. Finally a synopsis or Key Takeaways distils the preceding section into a list of key points.
Reasons to purchase:
For IT vendors
- Estimate local manufacturing budgets and patterns
- Examine the issues that concern IT buyers in this sector
- Understand key Industry trends in Ireland
- Adopt your solutions to cater for the unique demands of the manufacturing sector
For Manufacturing IT executives
- Benchmark your operations against industry leaders in an Irish context
- Study the IT problems of your contemporaries and their subsequent solutions
Supply Chain Management
Case Study – Dell & RFID
Case Study – Quadgraphics
Case Study – Glovia & Dell
Case Study – Nortel
Each one elicits a strategic technology response from manufacturers in a bid to maintain competitiveness. Increased competition is putting pressure on them to continuously reduce costs, paralleled with demand from the retailer for supplier innovation. Increasingly the sector is turning towards more powerful information technologies in order to gain a competitive advantage over their rivals in a fiercely competitive market.