IDC Manufacturing Insights to Present Top Ten Predictions for 2012

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., November 30, 2011 – IDC Manufacturing Insights will reveal its Top Ten Predictions for Manufacturing in 2012 in five upcoming complimentary Web conferences. IDC Manufacturing Insights expects success in the intelligent economy will be achieved by 'engaged' organizations – those companies that can master complexity and adjust tactics to respond to customer needs.

According to Bob Parker, group vice president, IDC Manufacturing Insights, "Technology investment will revolve around creating a 'system of engagement' to bring together cloud, mobile, big data, and social business to create specific environments for better operations, supply chain, and product management. Those companies that are 'engaged' will be primed to gain market share and achieve long term success in the intelligent economy."

Webcast Details

IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2012: Manufacturing will be held on December 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., U.S. Eastern time (19:00 GMT). Analysts will focus on trends and urgent business initiatives in supply chain, demand management, product lifecycle management, operations technology, and sustainability. Insight will be provided into near-term issues and innovation, as well as longer-term and emerging trends. Click here to register:

IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2012: Supply Chain will be held on December 15, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., U.S. Eastern time (16:00 GMT). During this Web conference, discussion will highlight the challenges and uncertainty within our current economic environment and how supply chains and supporting IT organizations globally must prioritize resources to drive critical business capability while ensuring the delivery of higher decision-making competency for 2012 and beyond. Analysts will also examine general economic trends affecting supply chains, specific domain challenges across procurement, planning, manufacturing and logistics, and emerging hot topics. Click here to register:

IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2012: Product Lifecycle Strategies will be held on December 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., U.S. Eastern time (19:00 GMT). This Web conference will focus on the challenges facing manufacturing companies, and the role information technology and PLM software will take in meeting them. Analysts will highlight key investment areas for manufacturers in 2012 and beyond, including efficient innovation, global manufacturing operations, digital manufacturing, and embedded control software engineering. Insight will also be provided into trends in the aftermarket and services disciplines. Click here to register:

IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2012: EMEA Manufacturing will be held on January 19, 2012 at 14:00 GMT (9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern time). The EMEA-focused IDC Manufacturing Insights web conference will discuss Predictions in the manufacturing industry that will impact technology spending and the use of information technology in key process areas in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Click here to register:

IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2012: Manufacturing Operations Technologies will be held on January 31, 2012 at 15:00 GMT (10:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern time). Analysts will outline technology trends in the areas of manufacturing operations management, while providing recommendations on how operational technology can support manufacturing organizations globally to shape the plant floor IT strategies, align plant floor technology investments with business goals, optimize resources and drive critical business investments in 2012 and beyond. Click here to register:

New this year, IDC Insights analysts will also provide insight on long-term trends in their industry, along with thought leadership on new and unexpected themes that may be on the horizon for 2012. Based on deep vertical industry knowledge, IDC Insights continues its leadership position in offering IT executives a better understanding of the industry's most dynamic trends to help hone their near-term strategies as they seek to compete for the long term.

IDC’s Insights lines of business will provide their Top 10 Predictions for 2012 on the future of IT in the energy, financial services, government, health, manufacturing and retail industries. This marks the tenth consecutive year that IDC Insights business units have presented Predictions research and Web conferences. Register for the IDC Insights Predictions 2012 web conferences by visiting All of the web conferences are free of charge to anyone wishing to register.

For additional information about this research, or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with an IDC Insights analyst, contact Sarah Murray at 781-378-2674 or For further information, email Follow IDC Insights on Twitter: @IDCInsights.

About IDC Manufacturing Insights

IDC Manufacturing Insights assists manufacturing businesses and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing asset intensive, brand oriented, technology oriented, and engineering oriented manufacturing industries. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology, media, research, and events company. For more information, please visit, email, or call 508-988-7900. Visit the IDC Manufacturing Insights Community at


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