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IBM named 2018 Manufacturer of the Year

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Frost and Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Summit is the premier event that honors organizations and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. The annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards recognize outstanding projects across 11 categories, including Industrial Internet of Things Leadership, Operational Excellence Leadership, and Talent Management Leadership. Over the years IBM has won many awards, and some of our technical leaders have been recognized in the Visionary Leadership category.

I’m excited to share that the IBM Supply Chain team achieved an incredible feat this year – ‘2018 Manufacturer of the Year.’  This honor was awarded to the team by a group 14 expert judges including: Chief Supply Chain Officers, Chief Operations Officers and CEOs. The award recognizes IBM for “establishing itself as a paragon of Manufacturing 4.0 transformation by innovating the use of advanced technologies,” such as AI and machine learning, and by “embracing the notion that leadership and a re-skilled workforce will be necessary to drive digital transformation.”

I am also pleased to share that IBM won three Category Leadership Awards, including two Best-in-Class, the highest for any single company:

  • Data Analytics Leadership – Best-In-Class Winner for IBM Watson Approach to Optical Quality initiative
  • Talent Management Leadership – Best-In-Class Winner for Competency and Talent Acceleration for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Engineering and Production Technology Leadership– Winner for Advanced Manufacturing (Industry 4.0) Initiative

“The IBM Watson Approach to Quality initiative is giving the company a way to proactively head off quality issues and is rapidly becoming a model across the company’s vast global network,” says David R. Brousell, Co-Founder of Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council. “At the same time, the company’s Competency & Talent Acceleration Initiative is amassing a group of leaders that will make it possible for IBM and its customers to reach their digital potential sooner,” a true testament to our efforts of working as man and machine.

“All of the top winners of the 2018 Manufacturing Leadership Awards can be proud that they are at the forefront of driving Manufacturing 4.0 transformation,” says Brousell. I extend my congratulations to all the award recipients. Furthermore, I would like to thank and congratulate the entire IBM supply chain team for their hard work, focus, and openness to embrace new ways of working, new technologies, and rethinking how we can best optimize IBM’s supply chain. I also want to give special recognition to all ten IBM supply chain teams that submitted projects in the 2018 cycle. Their vision to make our supply chain smarter, faster, better, and more agile has already delivered greater value to IBM and our customers.

I am proud to be part of one of the best supply chains in the industry –and we are only at the beginning of our supply chain transformation journey. To my team, you are the BEST. Let’s keep moving at full speed, reinventing ourselves…. game on!!!

Learn more about the evolution of IBM’s transparent supply chain.

Chief Supply Chain Officer, IBM

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