Building industrial analytics for transformation

By Michael Guilfoyle

Industry Trends

The Industrial Analytics market research study provides buyers with a pragmatic approach to building building industrial analyticsindustrial analytics components to create core competencies for digital transformation. The study provides a detailed look at a comprehensive range of industrial analytics, covering the technology, data, methods, and outputs that can be leveraged to support transformation. The study also helps industrial and infrastructure organizations navigate the challenges and promise of a range of modern, software-enable advanced analytics methods, including machine learning, data mining, and statistical process control.

Encompassing almost seventy solution providers’ industrial analytics components, the study also provides a current market analysis, a five-year market and technology forecast, and strategies for both users and providers. 

Promise of industrial analytics tempered by difficulty with scale and ROI

At the heart of digital transformation is analytics, the means through which companies can leverage data to remain viable and succeed in rapidly changing markets, perhaps even leapfrogging their peers. As a result, analytics solutions are quickly evolving in terms of adoption and use by industrial companies.

Yet, when building industrial analytics, mistakes, false starts, and dead-end investments in analytics are all too common. Many companies are seeing some very narrow, limited successes, mostly around operational excellence for existing processes, but cannot gain the transformational scale they expect. Others simply move from custom pilot-to-pilot or fail to prove a return on investment (ROI) and ultimately cannot yet transition analytics to a core competency.

What separates those finding success from those who struggle?

A few organizations have learned key lessons and are quickly accelerating transformations by building industrial analytics using a breadth of methods and technologies, though they are currently used unevenly across their organizations. What separates the handful of industrial, infrastructure, and smart city organizations succeeding with analytics from the large majority? The reasons are many, including an inability to cut through market hype and flaws in strategic planning and organizational makeup.

However, most of the challenge has to do with a struggle to make a cultural (and then operational) shift in philosophy. This needed shift is away from viewing operations from a bottoms-up perspective focused within a plant with a limited notion of business systems interactions. Instead, a modern perspective should explicitly consider more robust interactions among plant business systems, engineering systems, supply chain systems, and expanded services to support competitive differentiation around customer relationships.

The industrial analytics market promises to deliver continued growth for the foreseeable future, though tempered by issues with scaling.  This report, co-authored by Mike Guilfoyle and Ed O’Brien, answers key questions for those looking scale digital transformation initiatives by correctly building industrial analytics core competencies. Questions answered include:

  • How well are analytics being used?
  • What separates companies that are successful with analytics from those that struggle?
  • What is the best approach for building industrial analytics?
  • How are ROI, scale, and speed best achieved?
  • What are the strategic issues facing suppliers and users?


Engage with ARC Advisory Group