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How Data Enables the “Smart” in Smart Factories

The next generation of manufacturing is here. It’s no secret that manufacturers must continue to prove their relevance by leveraging emerging technology trends to stay on pace with modern-day customer demands and achieve autonomous operations. When building an innovative smart factory, there is no one-size-fits-all. Still, the groundwork is the same – connecting data, machines, people, and processes to deliver the next generation of manufacturing.


Today, like never before, data empowers manufacturers to drive their processes, find operational inefficiencies, and make smarter decisions across research and development, procurement, and service delivery. These data-driven initiatives begin with securing a place to store and make sense of data as you drive transformation forward.

Believe the Hype

In a world of hype, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. Visions and ideas tend to run wild when designing smart factories, but leading smart factory use cases deliver. With manufacturers planning to develop 40% more smart factories over the next five years and boosting their annual investments by 1.7 times more compared with the previous three years, deployments must cut through the hype. 

Digital manufacturing successes consist of advanced robotics, cloud-scale data management, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to mobilize data from legacy equipment and implement cutting-edge sensors. For example, a successful smart brewing implementation must seamlessly connect across the whole supply chain, integrate with an organization’s security protocols, and extract data from sensors into the cloud for analytics. Moreover, a project of this magnitude requires scalability, as the amount of data will only get larger. 

In concert, emerging Google Cloud Platform technologies work together to orchestrate the harmonious union needed between IT and OT, ensuring end-to-end continuity. With data being the most critical component of employing predictive analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), robust manufacturing solutions provide enterprises with the insights needed to build and scale their cloud-based smart factory, living up to the hype. 

Innovative Ideas

All successful smart factories evolved from ideas, ones that were sparked in the minds of innovative leaders with forward-thinking approaches. As these ideas are introduced, critical smart factory planning begins. In the new abnormal, as digital transformation leads the way, manufacturers are rapidly implementing strategies, guided by what was once just an idea. 

Nonetheless, some ideas around data, even with data modernization at its peak, are not yet able to come to life. One thing we know for sure is that data requires action. Without actionable measures, data will only take you so far. On your journey to data success, you may encounter several barriers. Whether it’s budgetary restrictions, lack of internal talent or processes, poor infrastructure, or hierarchy resistance, there are many roadblocks and bottlenecks that could prohibit your data-driven success. 

At Maven Wave, our team provides you with the expertise needed to help overcome these obstacles, paving the way for a data environment that will support your smart factory. In today’s digitized world, customers demand seamless experience, and our data scientists and digital experts have the expertise needed to enable these technologies. 

Are You a Believer?

Do you believe that data can transform your entire organization? As you prepare to enhance or embark on a data analytics mission, you must include change management as part of your journey. Without appropriate planning, your organization will not be able to take full advantage of data analytics. 

Change management is no simple feat and requires time, organization, focus, and momentum. But when orchestrating change, leaders must consider how these changes will impact customers and the departments within the enterprise. From the internal adoption of new technologies to reassigning roles across the company, getting the team on board to believe in data’s power is the first step in designing and implementing a data-driven culture and growth trajectory. 

The smart factory era is clearly upon us, and data holds the key to its success. But where do you begin? If you have begun, how are you optimizing your data to make smarter decisions?

We’re inviting a select group of manufacturing thought leaders to join us from Atos, Maven Wave, and Google Cloud to take a closer look at how we’re Enabling the “Smart” in Smart Factory with Data. This impactful roundtable discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 30th, at 12:00 p.m. CST to discuss the importance of establishing a modern data warehouse to create actionable insights for smart factory success. Interested individuals can request to attend

Maven Wave enables manufacturers to modernize operations with cloud-based solutions that drive agility, support innovation, and reduce costs. Contact us to learn more.

June 25th, 2020

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