It's one of the toughest challenges in the UK economy - encouraging small companies to grow into the powerhouse-medium sized companies that are such a feature of successful industrial economies like Germany.
One of the most striking similarities between manufacturing and the high-octane world of Formula One is how both are trying to marry up the unstructured insights and ‘gut feelings’ of their respective experts with more structured telemetry and analytics.
'Black holes’ are a common supply chain problem, caused as much by disjointed systems as by lack of visibility into data, processes and workflows. That may not have been an issue historically, but in today’s fast-moving, demand-driven landscape, it could mean the difference between gaining market share and losing it.
A successful cloud adoption requires only a handful of key ingredients, addressing each of which mitigates much of the risk involved. Yet most cloud strategies are missing at least one of these factors, with many just paying lip service to the rest.
Many companies are either talking about or investigating how they can start to unlock the benefits of digital transformation, yet most are still unsure of where to start and what potential business outcome improvement it can deliver.
Cambridge-based Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is flying high with flight-ready 3D printed production parts. Jonny Williamson visited the company to discuss how it achieved its success, and find out what the future holds.