Each year, CGI meets face-to-face with business and IT leaders to hear their perspectives on the trends affecting their organizations. In 2017, we conducted 128 in-person interviews with manufacturing clients to hear more about their top trends and priorities.

Top trends

Client insights reveal that digitalization and integration across the supply chain, along with the adoption of Industry 4.0 and increased focus on both customers and cybersecurity, are top priorities for manufacturing executives.

Top 2017 trends in manufacturing

  • 76% Digitization and data integration across the supply chain
  • 73% Becoming digital organizations
  • 72% Protecting the enterprise through cybersecurity
  • 70% Implementing Industry 4.0
  • 63% Transforming from product to customer centric

Business growth underlies top emerging trends, including the need to develop new products and services while increasing geographic presence.

Investing for innovation

The manufacturing executives we interviewed are investing in areas that help the organization become more digital, with new innovation investment aimed at driving a customer-centric business model via predictive analytics, cybersecurity, mobile solutions and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Focus areas for manufacturing client innovation

  • Data and predictive analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Mobile solutions including IoT
  • Collaborative innovation
  • Agile IT
  • Agile supply chain

Discover the insight

Download additional trend information from the 2017 CGI Client Global Insights manufacturing summary, and contact us for a copy of the full report and to arrange a personal discussion with a CGI manufacturing expert for further analysis and insights.