Manufacturers investing in the promise of smart factories

Nearly 70% of manufacturers are pursuing smart-factory initiatives but are struggling to scale these to maximize their investments. Digital technologies, data, and culture hold the keys to success.

Smart factories leverage digital technologies to gain significant improvements in productivity, quality, flexibility, and service. Built on connectivity, intelligent automation, and cloud-scale data management and analytics, the ultimate goal is to reach autonomous operations. 

According to the Capgemini Research Institute, the problem is not the investment but the ability to scale. In Smart Factories @ Scale: Seizing the trillion-dollar prize through efficiency by design and closed loop operations, the latest CRI report highlights how companies are taking the leap to Industry 4.0. 

Organizations have already made one-third of their factories smart, with a plan to transform an additional 40% over the next five years. Learn how frontrunners are scaling to success.

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Manufacturers investing in the promise of smart factories


How to scale up smart-factory initiatives


  • Translates vision into reality
  • Assigns KPIs to monitor progress
  • Ensures objectives are realized

Data-driven operations

  • Availability of the right data is critical
  • Establish data governance framework
  • Develop talent with an analytical mindset

Digital platforms and technologies

  • Deploy on small scale to realize benefits first
  • Integrate manufacturing platforms to work across enterprises
  • Hybrid architecture supports transformation goals now and in the future

$2 tn

The size of the value-add of smart factories


Organizations characterizing their existing initiatives as successful


The factor increase in annual investments in smart factories by manufacturers

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