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3 Ways Industry 4.0 & Wearables Revolutionize Supply Chains Today

At ProMat 2017, the largest material handling, logistics and supply chain show and conference in North and South America, &#rsquo;Industry 4.0&#rdquo; was THE hot topic. But what exactly is Industry 4.0 and how will it revolutionize supply chains? According to Markus Lorenz, partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, Industry 4.0 or the fourth […]]> At ProMat 2017, the largest material handling, logistics and supply chain show and conference in North and South America, &#rsquo;Industry 4.0&#rdquo; was THE hot topic. But what exactly is Industry 4.0 and how will it revolutionize supply chains?

According to Markus Lorenz, partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, Industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution is the &#rsquo;current trend toward greater interconnectivity between automated equipment through data exchange to support intelligent, autonomous decision-making.&#rdquo;1 These smart autonomous machines will eliminate waste in the supply chain by enabling more streamlined processes that create higher-quality goods at a fraction of the cost. Within the Industry 4.0 framework, augmented reality (AR) and wearable endpoints—such as ring-style scanners and smart glasses—have proven particularly valuable.

Salesforce predicts enterprise wearables usage will more than triple over the next two years.

Here are three ways in which Industry 4.0 and wearables revolutionize supply chains:

1. Productivity

Warehouses can drastically reduce picking errors and search time by equipping workers with smartwatches for hands-free access to context-sensitive information or smart glasses. These Internet of Things (IoT) devices not only scan materials, but also find them faster with digital navigation. Wearables can also improve worker safety by eliminating the need for workers to hold a handheld barcode scanner while handling materials in a potentially hazardous work environment. Workers can also access in-context help videos and best-practice content and even stream their point-of-view to an expert for assistance. AR-enabled remote support delivers tremendous value by enabling video collaboration between technicians in the field and subject experts in remote locations. Such collaboration not only ensures the work is done right, but is also more cost effective.

2. Problem Tracking

Plant managers and manufacturers face lots of issues the plant floor every day. Machine issues, blockages in flows, prioritization of processes and tracking malfunctions. With wearables, managers can access important information and get the most up-to-date data on the work completed. Information can be relayed back to tracking systems using attributes or via your applications deployed on these devices. Management then proactively sends maintenance to fix the issue, reducing downtime and maintaining productivity and efficiency.While technicians fix the machine or parts, management can change work schedules, move jobs or start a new production line.

3. Customer Satisfaction

Real-time data capture and inventory awareness has a monumental impact on operational efficiency, as well as a direct impact on customer satisfaction. Consider how logistics companies, like FedEx, boost customer satisfaction with real-time shipment tracking and alerts. With real-time data capture, problems that could delay a customer&#rsquo;s shipment across the supply chain can be caught and resolved immediately.

Billions of new connected endpoints will radically transform supply chain logistics for the better. However, as the number of internet-connected devices grows, so do potential management challenges. Today&#rsquo;s IoT endpoints need to connect using standard protocols that allow for unified endpoint management (UEM), analytics and security. To successfully deliver this context-sensitive information at the right time and place, each endpoint must easily integrate with existing security investments and enterprise systems, such as ERP, CRM and work order management systems. A UEM approach is essential, particularly for wearable devices that require low-touch enrollment and configuration.

UEM also allows for scalability. Pilots may only involve a small number of devices, but as businesses grow and initiatives change, deployments must easily scale to support a growing and diverse fleet.

Over the next decade, digital technologies within the Industry 4.0 framework will completely transform the supply chain. To make enterprise-ready Industry 4.0 a reality, organizations must invest in a comprehensive UEM solution, such as VMware AirWatch, to increase visibility and security, simplify management and improve operational efficiency through combined tools and processes.

Today&#rsquo;s innovators and early adopters already use AR, wearables, smart sensors, beacons and other connected things (even drones!) to reimagine workflows, transform customer interactions and build new innovations. In the comments below, let us know how your organization leverages these technologies.

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In Top Mobile News: Windows 10 Smartwatches & Android-Supported Laptops

Windows 10 smartwatches come to the enterprise. It&#rsquo;s 1.54 inches, runs Universal Windows Applications, secure and built to &#rsquo;survive a hard day at work,&#rdquo; saidMicrosoft. The TrekStor IoT Wearable runs on Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows 10 for the Internet of Things. Microsoft will reveal more soon on the smartwatch for healthcare, […]]> Windows 10 smartwatches come to the enterprise.

It&#rsquo;s 1.54 inches, runs Universal Windows Applications, secure and built to &#rsquo;survive a hard day at work,&#rdquo; saidMicrosoft. The TrekStor IoT Wearable runs on Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows 10 for the Internet of Things. Microsoft will reveal more soon on the smartwatch for healthcare, manufacturing, retail and other industries.

Migrating to Windows 10—everyone&#rsquo;s doing it.

By the end of this year, 85% of enterprises will have started deploying Windows 10, according to a newGartnersurvey. The top reason to migrate? Nearly half of respondents said it’s improved security.

You may be putting Office 365 apps at risk.

Mobile application management (MAM) helps you control Microsoft Office 365 apps—but there are limitations to an application-onlysecurity framework. Worried?Find out the risks and more comprehensive solutions here.

Are you thinking what I&#rsquo;m thinking?

Chrome could soon predict what you&#rsquo;re searching for in other Android apps based on the last website you visited in the mobile browser. The &#rsquo;Copyless Paste&#rdquo; feature spotted in development would use machine learning to guess what text you&#rsquo;ll enter next.

Google also updated thelistof Chromebook laptops planned to support Android apps, bumping the total from six to more than 80 devices, reportsThe Verge.

Personal privacy matters to enterprise security, too.

Mobile surveillance is a growing threat to individual privacyandto enterprise data. Bring-your-own (BYO) devices that allow apps to collect personal data, &#rsquo;open the door to corporate hacks, stolen business data and crippling cyber attacks.&#rdquo; Read more fromAppthority President Domingo Guerraon what you can do.

Wonder why workers won&#rsquo;t use the apps you deploy?

Blame it on shorter attention spans. About 7% of users won&#rsquo;t use a new work app for each extra step it takes to get started. So if it takes six extra steps, about 42% of workers won&#rsquo;t use a new app. Read more on theVMware EUC Blog.

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This year&#rsquo;s largest VMware event, VMworld, will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for enterprise mobility experts. You’ll hear from Sumit Dhawan, Blake Brannon, Noah Wasmer and other end-user computing (EUC) leaders. Register now for early-bird rates, and get all the details at theAirWatch Blog.

Up next:

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Prepare Your Organization for Enterprise Wearables & Things

More than 20 billion things will be connected to the internet by 2020, recently estimated analyst firm Gartner. In 2017 alone, Gartner estimates the Internet of Things (IoT) could reach 8.4 billion devices—as ZDNet pointed out, that means IoT could outnumber the global population for the first time this year. Each of these endpoints, which […]]> More than 20 billion things will be connected to the internet by 2020, recently estimated analyst firm Gartner. In 2017 alone, Gartner estimates the Internet of Things (IoT) could reach 8.4 billion devices—as ZDNet pointed out, that means IoT could outnumber the global population for the first time this year.

Each of these endpoints, which could be anything from smart glasses to the drill of an oil rig, will not only be able to connect to your corporate network but also generate massive amounts of data. With that data, you could discover insights to improve productivity, automation, agility, the customer experience and your security. In fact, more than half of new business processes and systems could leverage IoT by 2020, according to Gartner.

Clearly, IoT, including wearables, is going to have a big impact on our lives and businesses. How do you prepare?

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Unified Endpoint Management for Enterprise Wearables

A single, unified endpoint management (UEM) platform allows your organization to manage and secure any endpoint on any platform across any use case. By combining management tools and processes, your IT organization gains efficiencies, as well as visibility and security across your end-user computing (EUC) environment.

Smart watches, smart glasses, printers, Apple TV, Microsoft Surface Hub—unified endpoint management is capable of managing a range of emerging IoT devices, in addition to your existing fleet of mobile devices and laptop computers. In the U.S., 14 million workers could be using smart glasses alone by 2025, expects Forrester.Your organization not only needs to be able handle that scale, but also the onboarding, security and integration challenges of putting augmented reality to work.

&#rsquo;The true value of wearables lies in the line-of-business and workflow applications that enable operational employees real-time, hands-free access to business-critical information needed to do their jobs. In order to successfully deliver this context-sensitive information at the right time and place, it&#rsquo;s imperative that wearable deployments easily integrate with existing enterprise systems.&#rdquo;
—Jessie Stoks, Product Marketing Manager, VMware

[Read more: AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management Now Supports Wearables]

Get More Insights into the Future of EUC

Want to learn more about the biggest benefits and toughest challenges of smart glasses and other enterprise wearables?This is just one of the many informative sessions you can now stream at your desk from our online event, EUC Insights 2017. Prepare your organization for enterprise wearables and things. Discover what unified endpoint management is all about. Learn how to modernize Windows 10 management at EUC Insights 2017.

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