Accenture has been named a leader in a new IDC MarketScape: "Worldwide Smart Manufacturing Service Providers 2021 Vendor Assessment", which uses both a quantitative and qualitative assessment of characteristics and capabilities in delivering smart manufacturing transformation for manufacturers in any industry.

"Customers praised the company's breadth and depth of expertise"

— IDC MarketScape, Worldwide Smart Manufacturing Service Providers 2021 Vendor Assessment

"IDC MarketScape Worldwide Smart Manufacturing Service Providers 2021 Vendor Assessment"

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. The Capabilities score measures vendor product, go-to-market and business execution in the short-term. The Strategy score measures alignment of vendor strategies with customer requirements in a 3-5-year timeframe. Vendor market share is represented by the size of the icons.

IDC defines smart manufacturing as the continuous process by which enterprises leverage cyberphysical convergence and digital skills to develop the production capabilities necessary to compete in the modern economy. Faced with today's business complexity and the need to balance factory capability with volatile demand across elongated and dynamic supply chains, manufacturers need to harmonize, supervise, and coordinate execution activities across the company's and its suppliers' manufacturing operations — with a greater level of real-time visibility.

The path to value

For manufacturers either embarking on or continuing their shop-floor transformation journey, the IDC MarketScape offers the following guidance:

  • Make sure the project scope and value are clearly defined
  • Look at the long-term picture
  • Look out for – and insist on – skills with domain expertise
  • Communication is key
  • Minimize change management by relying on users’ input

Accenture’s differentiated strengths

About Accenture’s strengths, the IDC MarketScape said: "Customers praised the company's breadth and depth of expertise, the wide distribution of its skills network, and its capability to deliver complex end-to-end projects that can see and communicate the "big picture"."

In addition, the IDC MarketScape highlighted the following:

  • Accenture has a broad array of packaged solutions and IP to accelerate the deployment of smart manufacturing projects and applications.
  • Accenture has a documented track record of providing services for manufacturers across all subverticals.
  • Accenture's long-term vision is geared around investment and resources to further strengthen its offerings and IP, broaden its industry and market coverage, and build higher-value ecosystems.
  • Accenture has one of the broadest partner networks in the industry, spanning a multitude of key solution providers, start-ups, industry bodies, and academic institutions.
"Industry has seen a tectonic shift in both consumer and B2B customer demands and increasing manufacturing and production complexity. By using the power of data and digital we are helping our clients overcome these challenges to achieve greater productivity and growth, meet their sustainability commitments, and to ultimately become more competitive companies."

— Tracey Countryman, Senior Managing Director – Industry X, Digital Manufacturing & Operations, Global Lead, Accenture

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