In a recent study by IBM, Inside the Mid-Market, it appears that mid-sized manufacturing companies see increasing operational efficiency as their biggest challenge. Right behind this, they face the need to increase employee productivity and to reduce costs. This was a similar concern by other mid-sized companies in other industries ... 75% of all companies are trying to increase operational efficiency.
At the same time, despite the urgency of achieving operational efficiency, most decision makers agree with their industry peers that they lack confidence in the completeness of their current capabilities. Only 25% of manufacturers indicate they have completed secure and reliable IT infrastructures.
Directly addressing customer relations and employee productivity challenges, forward-looking mid-sized companies are considering strategic IT capabilities to help their businesses evolve and grow. About 50% of decision makers are planning for new capabilities that can fundamentally change their businesses.
In manufacturing, these more advanced companies are beginning to plan around energy efficient capabilities such as improving data center efficientcy and environmentally-friendly output architectures. Budget, lack of employee skills and training are top barriers to IT investment.