AT&T Tech Report Infographic
The Intelligent Business: Manufacturing

Five lessons for effective network modernization

 

Manufacturers are digitizing
their production, supply chain,
and front- and back-office
operations. The question is,
can their existing networks
support their digital
ambitions for the future?

Five lessons emerge from
our research that can help
put manufacturers on the
right path
in their network
modernization journey.

AT&T Manufacturing Infographic
1

Don’t delay modernization

An intelligent infrastructure will help manufacturers take full advantage of
advanced technology capabilities, such as AI and robotics, as well as later
generations of IoT and analytics tools.

Just under 1 in 5

IT leaders (19%) in manufacturing
have confidence that their
existing networks can support
AI use cases today; only 1 in 4
(25%) are confident of support
for robotics use cases

Don’t delay modernization
Invest to be ready

Doubts extend to network support for existing technologies:
just over 4 in 10 (44%) think it reliable for IoT and a similar
number (41%) for data analytics use cases

just over 4 in 10
2

Devise a transition strategy

Many manufacturers lack a clear strategy for implementing network
modernization initiatives.

Modernize to stay competitive

A significant number have plans to
deploy intelligent infrastructure widely: in 3 years edge computing will be part
of nearly 2 in 3 (64%) networks, and
SD-WAN—more than 4 in 10 (43%)

However, more than 4 in 10

(43%) have not developed
a clear strategy to guide
modernization

Invest to be ready
However, more than 4 in 10
3

Be ready for open innovation

Manufacturers are anxious to implement open forms of innovation,
but are their networks ready to support them?

The use of external APIs is a major
technology focus
of the future for over
2 in 3
IT leaders (68%) in the industry

Be ready for open innovation

More
than half

(52%) also expect to rely more
on open-source standards for
new technologies

Be ready for open innovation
Be ready for open innovation

Less than 1 in 5

(17%), however, consider
open network architectures
as an investment priority in
the coming years

Be ready for open innovation
Be ready for open innovation
4

Don’t underestimate computing
power needs

Demands on the network from more powerful and data-intensive
applications are likely to grow; manufacturers must ensure their
networks will be able to cope.

2 out of 3

manufacturing IT leaders (67%) expect that their needs for
computing power will continue to grow over the next 3 years

Don’t underestimate computing power needs

Almost one-third (32%), however, anticipate no change to their computing-power needs in the coming years

Don’t underestimate computing power needs
Invest to be ready
5

Avoid cybersecurity paralysis

Manufacturers must not let cybersecurity concerns constrain network
modernization initiatives.

2 in 3

IT executives (66%) view
cybersecurity concerns
as a major barrier to
their transition towards
intelligent infrastructure

Don’t delay modernization
Modernize to stay competitive

Advanced infrastructure
technologies, however, can
help: nearly half (48%)
believe the chief benefit
of SD-WAN is the ability
to centralize security

just over 4 in 10