Gartner, in conjunction with MESA International (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) have been asking this question in an annual survey, with results that have helped our clients focus on best practices that are most likely to help them achieve desired results.
Technology moves forward, and MES practitioners and users alike are now faced with a dizzying array of future possibilities, from MES in the cloud to Industrial IoT to Smart Machines to Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) to the lofty goals of Industrie 4.0 and similar initiatives.
This Gartner/MESA research has been the backbone of our research in the Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) space, and every year brings its own set of revelations. A few examples:
- 2013 Survey – “Insufficiently Defined Business Cases and Application Strategies Are Holding Back the Value of MES”
- 2014 Survey – “Survey Analysis: Enterprise MES Approaches Drive Greater Life Cycle Value”
- 2015 Survey – “Survey Analysis: MES as a Platform for Supply Chain Collaboration“
This morning, we launched year #5 of this annual survey. As I reported earlier this year, in the aggregate scores for achievement of business value have not been stellar, so what are YOU doing differently to achieve business results? Here is your chance to get your voice heard and become part of this important research.
If you are a manufacturer, please take 10 minutes out of your day and complete this survey.