These require human-like neural capabilities such as simultaneous central and distributed decision-making. Combinatorial trends encompassing data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), cognitive computing, cloud computing, agile methodologies, and ubiquitous connectivity are bringing about paradigm shifts in the operating models as well as business strategies for manufacturing enterprises. These enterprises will start gravitating towards orchestrating purpose-driven ecosystems and a stream of value-added services for customers to deliver superior business results.
The TCS Neural Manufacturing suite offers enterprises three core solutions for their transformation:
Cognitive enterprise: To build AI and prescriptive analytics capabilities across the enterprise functions, enabling autonomous behavior in products, processes, and customer engagements. These can be made possible through a neural information fabric.
Connected value chains: To bring visibility across value chain partners to drive agility and co-innovation and establish new target operating models.
Collaborative ecosystems: To design and operate purpose-centric ecosystems that create exponential business value.
The triangulation of these core capabilities can pivot manufacturing enterprises to build new sources of sustainable competitive advantage, as depicted in Figure 1.
The transformation to the future manufacturing enterprise is powered by data and a contemporary, scalable digital core. TCS enables this journey with a phased roadmap:
Phase 1: Neural thinking for enterprises to plan their business strategy, target operating models, and ecosystem constructs. TCS helps with an opportunity assessment and business case.
Phase 2: Neural capabilities, including a neural information fabric, to build the digital core and enable the orchestration of ecosystems through data-driven platforms.
Phase 3: To demonstrate neural behaviors, manufacturers can introduce adaptability and resilience in their ecosystem operations, thus creating a true agile enterprise with a portfolio of intelligent products and services.
With a neural-by-design approach, TCS helps enterprises sense, perceive, and act in a near autonomous way while orchestrating purpose-driven ecosystems with neural capabilities.