How Manufacturing Organizations Drive Business Impact from Digital Transformation

SAP How Manufacturing Organizations Drive Business Impact from Digital Transformation


For industrial manufacturing companies, digital transformation journeys have often been fragmented and siloed due to a lack of appropriate technology, budget and cost impediments, and shifting customer expectations. In addition to planning digital transformation journeys, the manufacturing industry has had to navigate supply chain constraints and other global issues that inject a large degree of variability and uncertainty that can impact long-term planning. 

To address these issues, manufacturing organizations are looking to emerging technologies to increase resiliency and continuity efforts and rapidly shift to new business models, essentially undergoing a digital transformation on steroids, and it is happening all over the world.

Although change is good, it is also complex and brings its own set of challenges. Perhaps most notably, the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) has become a central component of many organizations’ digital transformation initiatives, which can involve significant resources and a steep learning curve. In addition, while embracing and committing to these initiatives, industrial manufacturers are facing pressure to adopt sustainability initiatives, which are important to customers and employees alike. These includes commitments and actions designed to reduce carbon emissions of factories, improve waste management, focus on the circular economy, and ensure that sustainability measures are met both upstream and downstream in the value chain. 

In our latest research brief, How Manufacturing Organizations Drive Business Impact from Digital Transformation, which is authored by The Futurum Group in collaboration with SAP, we address the challenges affecting manufacturing organizations that are trying to enact digital transformation plans, the transformation strategies that are driving change within manufacturing organizations, and the value of implementing a cloud-based, enterprise-grade business platform such as SAP’s S4/HANA Cloud and Business Technology Platform.

In this brief, you will learn about:

  • The key characteristics of manufacturing organizations that create barriers to undertaking digital transformation initiatives
  • The shifting business and technology models that are affecting the manufacturing industry
  • The benefits of leveraging new technologies, such as AI and cloud infrastructure to supercharge digital transformation efforts
  • The value in deploying a cloud-based, enterprise-grade platform to manage an ongoing digital transformation
  • Customer success stories that illustrate the value of deploying robust, flexible, and scalable cloud-based solutions to run and manage manufacturing organizations

Download your copy of How Manufacturing Organizations Drive Business Impact from Digital Transformation to learn how to embrace change, evolve, and adapt to meet the needs of your customers by leveraging SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

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Author Information

Keith has over 25 years of experience in research, marketing, and consulting-based fields.

He has authored in-depth reports and market forecast studies covering artificial intelligence, biometrics, data analytics, robotics, high performance computing, and quantum computing, with a specific focus on the use of these technologies within large enterprise organizations and SMBs. He has also established strong working relationships with the international technology vendor community and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events.

In his career as a financial and technology journalist he has written for national and trade publications, including BusinessWeek,, Investment Dealers’ Digest, The Red Herring, The Communications of the ACM, and Mobile Computing & Communications, among others.

He is a member of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP).

Keith holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Magazine Journalism and Sociology from Syracuse University.