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Leverage Analytics for competitive advantage

By Timothy C. McCabe, SVP & CIO, Delphi

Timothy C. McCabe, SVP & CIO, Delphi

Technology and the challenges of Manufacturing sector

Because of Delphi’s global footprint and manufacturing volumes, we are striving to digitize as much work as possible. We are looking for ways to connect engineering, production, design and tooling to start to see how things are performing and progressing. I am excited about working with technology providers and partners that allow us have an internal and external strategy that really starts to interface and lay over the top of each other.

Technology for competitive edge

At Delphi, we have more than 118,000 people in 32 countries engineering and building products or managing customers. Each day we receive 250 million pieces of raw material from 6,500 supplier facilities and produce about 60 million parts at two parts per million qualities for 23,000 customer locations. This work is done around the globe in many different time zones and languages. We do this with “Connected Delphi” -- cloud-based enterprise solutions for collaboration, product development, document management and enterprise search which help enable our flawless execution.

The pain points

A key thing is staying relevant and being contextually aware with what is happening within Delphi. My team and I understand that we need to be in front of the organization and work to get the enterprise understands the ideas we are proposing. And what really keeps me awake at night is two-fold, first am I doing enough as a leader to keep the global team on the edge of their seats refreshed, focused and excited to challenge themselves to be their best every day and second, am I effectively positioning the work value of technology to the leadership team.

Technology trends that will have significant impact

Analytics will have a significant impact on manufacturing as an industry and its ability to solve business problems, provide competitive advantages both within the operating model of the enterprise as well as product lines and improve the overall customer experience. Analytical insight comes from data so actively ensuring capabilities are/will be available to support the volume, velocity and variety involved with the data. It is key in creating opportunities to extract the value.

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