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Executive Brief

Navigating Digital Transformation: Embracing Change in the Distribution Channel

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.

Executive Brief

Learning in the Manufacturing Ecosystem: Training and Certification Best Practices

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.

Executive Brief

Assessing Dealer Capacity and Performance: How is Your Network Stacking Up?

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.

Executive Brief

Industry 4.0: Technology Insights for Channel Program Optimization

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.

Featured Articles

Cornerstone of Future Growth: Ecosystems

Accenture Strategy

Accenture Strategy surveyed 1,252 business leaders from diverse industries across the world to better understand the degree to which companies are capturing ecosystem  opportunities. We found companies are pursuing new business models to navigate, or even lead, disruption. When asked what they would typically do to disrupt their industry, 60 percent of executives said, “build ecosystems.” Nearly half have already built or are currently building an ecosystem to respond to disruption.

The New Sales Imperative

Harvard Business Review

B2B customers are deeply uncertain and stressed. With virtually infinite information available on any solution, a swelling raft of stakeholders involved in each purchase, and an ever-expanding array of options, customers are increasingly overwhelmed and often more paralyzed than empowered. The authors’ solution, developed through work with hundreds of sales organizations globally, is a proactive, take-charge prescriptive approach that sweeps away obstacles and guides customers through decision making. 

The coming evolution of field operations

McKinsey & Company

Industrial manufacturers with aftermarket services have been disrupted by new technologies and advanced analytics, but the best organizations are not resisting but capitalizing on those trends. These companies are transforming their field operations to dramatically improve service levels and the customer experience, increasing efficiency and productivity, and creating value in new ways—both for customers and for themselves as original- equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

How digital is powering the next wave of growth in key-account management

McKinsey & Company

Digital and advanced analytics are changing the game for B2B businesses, even for the largest of customers, and those that get it right see the rewards. Building on an earlier analysis of changing customer preferences in the digital age, McKinsey & Company carried out an extensive survey of more than 150 decision makers and buying influencers at large companies—all of whom would be considered “key accounts” by their major suppliers. 

Industrial manufacturing trends 2019

PwC

For the industrial manufacturing (IM) sector, a series of external challenges ultimately may be catalysts for action that the industry has avoided for many years. Global trade disputes, tariffs and trade barriers, political instability and even the potential onset of a recession are topping a long list of threats that could have palpable repercussions for companies that make complex engineered products and equipment mostly for manufacturing operations and earth-moving projects.