With the year quickly coming to a close, I thought it would be good to audit different industries in terms of automation progress and overall technology investments.
We know automation can introduce critical efficiencies during economic slowdowns and periods of high demand. And there’s no doubt that technology innovation – or perhaps I should say greater technology utilization – is going to be key to restabilizing the supply chain, repairing relationships with partners and customers, and restoring confidence in one’s capabilities to deliver quality products on time.
But how, exactly, technology and automated processes will facilitate much-needed change is still up for debate.
That’s why I asked Zebra’s Global Futurist, Drew Ehlers, to join me for the latest episode of Industrial Automation Insider, along with Scott Drobner, Zebra’s Senior Director of Business and Market Intelligence.
These two have a strong pulse on the state of the world and the pressures being placed on businesses and the people keeping them afloat. They understand the pain you’re feeling, the high hopes you have for the future, and the reality of the road ahead. Just as important, they spend their days analyzing and advising on the intersection of business, technology and consumer trends.
So, I figured they could help us level set on the role technology is playing in businesses’ survival and success today and how easy – or hard – it will be to automate at the level needed to really see a benefit to your business. I think you’ll be a little surprised at what they say about technology’s purpose going forward (and what is even more important for you to assess in the coming months).