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Survey Says: Digital Projects Pick Up Speed with Majority of Manufacturers Due to COVID

Every industry has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and manufacturing is no exception. In fact, the sector typically infamous for evolving at a snail’s pace has been seen an unlikely uptick in the speed of its adoption of Industry 4.0 over the past year or so.  

A recent study commissioned by IBM and researched by The Manufacturer magazine reports that 67 percent of respondents have accelerated digital projects as a result of COVID-19. Also, as a result of COVID, improving operational efficiency is the most significant imperative for 92 percent of manufacturing decision makers.  

One issue for manufacturing decision-makers that jumped to the forefront during the pandemic is wellbeing/working environment for employees. Eighty-three percent of respondents said greater emphasis has been placed on this factor due to COVID-19.  

The report credits digital communication tools for keeping workers engaged, motivated and up-to-speed, as well as assisting companies in maintaining and managing the mental health of their employees. 

What are your priorities during the pandemic? When it comes to your IT needs, partner with 2W Tech. We have IT specialists on staff who focus on the manufacturing industry. Give us a call today.

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