Operations and Technology Roadmap
To achieve new enterprise demand-dynamic performance, there is a need to collectively hold the vision and progressively work through several key phases, beginning with the foundations of an enterprise digital infrastructure. Each phase needs to define real implementation benefits that start small but maintain a view of the comprehensive end game. Costs need to be substantially lowered through pre-competitive shared infrastructure and a broadened base of innovation, and risk needs to be mitigated through test beds and pre-competitive collaborations on practice.
From a business and operations standpoint, there needs to be a pathway to focus and test new technologies and practices in combinations. The Smart Manufacturing Operations and Technology Roadmap (2009) defines these components. Below is the graphic the report uses to organize and illustrate considerable implementation detail that exists in five interrelated areas of emphasis. In terms of application tools and practice, there is the need to establish how to distribute and apply business and operating intelligence through integrated information across tasks, units and companies so that local decisions roll up into global performance objectives. This in turn requires building an involved workforce that is using manufacturing intelligence ‘on the ground’ to make decisions that drive performance and objectives and not tasks. Moving into a dynamic distributed intelligent manufacturing and innovation model also demands the ability to calculate and manage risk and uncertainty within very different operating structures.