Software Empowers Manufacturers to be More Innovative and Efficient

Almost 90% say software is key to entering new markets.



Software, Data and Technology Raise Productivity and Enable New Offerings

Ferocious competition in manufacturing is creating opportunities to leverage software to optimize production and gain customer insights to fuel new product development. Above all, speed and security are of the essence. Data from a recent global survey illustrates how manufacturers are addressing the need to modernize their approach to software development.

The Software Imperative

Software is seen as increasingly important to drive growth, increase competitiveness and lower overall costs within the manufacturing industry.

98% say it’s key to growth in current markets
89% say it’s key to products for new markets
91% say it’s key to improving customer insights
94% say it’s key to reducing overall costs

Transformation Priorities and Initiatives

Manufacturing organizations are transforming their application lifecycle processes to enable delivery of secure, high-quality software by acting on four key principles of a Modern Software Factory.


say agile helps accelerate speed to market and innovation


say agile helps improve the overall customer experience


say agile and DevOps deliver more when implemented together


are increasing automation across the software development lifecycle


see automation as critical to increasing productivity across dev and ops


say they are effective/very effective at the continuous delivery of software


are improving how they obtain customer feedback to feed into development


use analytics, machine learning and AI to enrich customer insights


use analytics to move ops from break-fix to continuous improvement


say it’s critical to embed security across the delivery cycle


implement early and continuous testing for security vulnerabilities


say analytics and machine learning can enable a safer user experience

All data from a global survey of 1,279 respondents (179 from manufacturing organizations) by Freeform Dynamics in July, 2017.

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