Howard Heppelmann is a software executive with experience in general management, strategy, sales & marketing, product development, professional services, strategic alliances and M&A. Heppelmann is experienced in defining new market opportunities and implementing effective go-to-market programs that produce accelerated revenue growth.
How has your IT operating model changed during the last five years in Manufacturing?
There are a number of critical changes that have taken shape.
1. From a business value point of view, we are looking for projects that can be done in less time with less risk. The clock speed in manufacturing is accelerating, and we can no longer afford to spend 12 months defining a solution and 12 additional months to deploy it only to find out that initial requirements have changed or were not properly modeled. With today’s technology, we are looking to apply more agility in our quest for continuous improvement. That means short projects with clear and rapid ROI.
2. There is a convergence of two traditionally distinct domains: IT and OT. Embedded in the promise of Industry 4.0 and IIoT is the convergence of business data and operational data. This not only has significant impact on the future infrastructure we deploy, but also the applications and the type of technology needed to deploy these type of applications— technologies that were designed to support both disparate sources and structures of information