This article describes both alarming and encouraging insights about analytics in manufacturing and industry. These come from PwC's 2016 Industry 4.0: Building the Industrial Enterprise survey.

  1. of 2,000 respondents  only 18% rate the maturity of their data analytics as advanced. Only half use data to drive decisions. That's the alarming part.
  2. Dan DiFilippo states that cost-effective data analytics tools available and gives practical tips to make data-driven decision the standard in your company

Given that data is the heart of the matter it behoves looking at platforms like HPEs. Combined with analytics that can be:-

you'll be well on your way.

Buy also make sure the BI and Analytics delivers relevant insight to all the audience Dan mentions:-

  • Employees
  • Customers
  • Stakeholders
  • Suppliers
  • Regulatory bodies

That means licensing that is scalable commercially. Beware small "out-of-the-box" solutions that are beguiling in demos and proof of concepts to tens of users and become cost crippling when deployed widely.