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Info-Tech’s blueprint advises F&B mfg. IT leaders on technology adoption

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It advises IT leaders on navigating digital transformation using data analytics, automation, and IoT.

Info-Tech Research Group’s “Priorities for Adopting an Exponential IT Mindset in the Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry” blueprint outlines four key priorities for IT leaders in the industry to effectively leverage Exponential IT. (CNW Group/Info-Tech Research Group)

TORONTO — Info-Tech Research Group’s latest blueprint, Priorities for Adopting an Exponential IT Mindset in the Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry, advises IT leaders in the industry on navigating digital transformation using data analytics, automation, and IoT to streamline processes and respond quickly to market demands.

The research highlights challenges faced by F&B manufacturers in adopting new technologies, including employee resistance and a skills gap in areas like cybersecurity and data analytics. Despite these obstacles, Info-Tech emphasizes that embracing exponential technologies can optimize operations and drive innovation, competitiveness, and sustainable growth.

Shreyas Shukla, principal research director at Info-Tech Research Group, said, “Executives from the industry believe that smart factory solutions will drive exponential benefits over the coming years. CIOs are beginning to take center stage in navigating these complexities effectively and steering their organizations toward a future that is more efficient, sustainable, and profitable. This is why it is crucial for CIOs to understand the working priorities that underpin the use of Exponential IT and use these concepts to their advantage.”

The blueprint outlines four key priorities for IT leaders in the F&B industry:

  • Prioritize Human-Centered Leadership: Hire talent to build and train workers to use collaborative digital technologies to drive tailored production, resource efficiency, precision, and flexibility.
  • Transform Infra & Apps to Utilities: Accelerate value realization by integrating scalable technologies and implementing rigorous performance management systems to drive measurable improvements.
  • Fund Exponential Value Creation: Leverage cloud technologies, “as-a-service” products, and agile delivery methods to align technological enhancements with organizational objectives.
  • Boost Vendor Management Practices: Embrace external partnerships with vendors, partners, system integrators, and product companies to enhance access to the latest technologies and shared expertise.

Info-Tech stresses that Exponential IT should be integrated into existing IT strategies as a long-term transformation plan rather than a standalone initiative.

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