The International Data Corporation (IDC) reported 97% of “digitally determined” organizations want fully connected processes across their entire business, yet only 5% are entirely integrated. The future of manufacturing is digital, but getting there can be a challenge. When you’re working with a distribution channel of dozens or even hundreds of partners, change can feel like it’ll cause friction—but the right change will reduce friction and benefit everyone in your channel all the way down to your end users.
In manufacturing, there are two primary ways to embrace digital transformation: through a partner relationship management (PRM) solution primarily for your distribution partners or a digital ecosystem that encompasses everyone from suppliers to customers.
Digital transformation requires platforms that drive connectivity with all key stakeholders and specifically a heightened focus on the customer. Best-in-class manufacturing companies are leveraging digital ecosystems to strengthen key business relationships, grow revenue, and forge valuable customer interactions.
What is a digital ecosystem? In nature, an ecosystem is the collective animal and plant species in a particular environment that are all interconnected. A digital ecosystem for manufacturing includes all the interconnected players in the distribution chain from suppliers to end users, dealers, agencies, trade schools and associations. Digital ecosystems help manufacturers grow their business and become more connected with every aspect of their value chain.
Channel partners are a manufacturer’s direct connection to customers. Building an effective sales channel and leveraging independently owned and operated businesses often presents challenges.
We’ve identified six common challenges manufacturers face, and we built our PRM solution around solving those six challenges. From challenges with partner recruitment to identifying and measuring the right metrics for your distribution channel, a PRM solution will enable a channel to produce optimal results—engaged dealers and customers, brand loyalty and retention, new and incremental sales, and stronger digital connections with key stakeholders.
View an interactive overview of FUSE including the differences between public and private channels and how to leverage the platform for new product launches, selling training courses, onboard new dealers, and collaborate and communicate with other FUSE members.
An overview of our Channel Program Services, this three-part resource bundle provides practical steps to establish the current state of your distribution channel, develop a roadmap of improvements to carry forward, and how to align all stakeholders via our formal communication plan.
This whitepaper provides a practical framework for managing indirect sales channels and how Partner Relationship Management (PRM) technology and best practices can be applied to help build, scale, and optimize the sales channel.
In the manufacturing industry, a well-planned and executed training and certification program is critical. Based on common business challenges we hear from our customers, this Executive Brief provides insights to solving those problems effectively through the help from content providers, training program consultants, and a technology platform.
A common request - from many Caterpillar dealers, including CTE - is the need to provide employees with direct access to learning content in real time through their own LMS. In CTE’s case the LMS had to meet internal training requirements, provide scalability, and allow for easy administration.
It’s common that small to mid-market manufacturers have not fully optimized support and sales enablement for their network of dealers and distributors. To help, we created a Dealer Network Maturity Model that provides a map of the various stages of dealer network development including recommendations and suggested best practices.
The concept of Industry 4.0 – also known as the fourth industrial revolution – is mostly rooted in data, analytics, autonomous learning, and the internet of things. The impact of smart technology, however, is not limited to the supply chain and manufacturing operations. Opportunities to innovate exist in the sales and distribution channel as well.
This article highlights five common business challenges we hear often related to audiences within the manufacturing ecosystem, and how digital platforms and ecosystems for the manufacturing industry are being designed and deployed with specific tools and workflows to meet these challenges.
This paper outlines a progression that is beginning to take hold in the manufacturing sector – best-in-class companies leveraging digital ecosystems to strengthen key business relationships, grow revenue, and forge valuable customer interactions.
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