Manufacturing firms need to acquire a new mix of information technology skills and competencies if they are to compete in an increasingly uncertain business environment.
The warning came from David Coates, a business planner at British Steel, speaking at an Institution of Electrical Engineers workshop on responsiveness in manufacturing this week. He said conventional planning skills would be increasingly irrelevant.
He said the need for ‘visibility of information’ demanded planning skills that included a knowledge and understanding of engineering processes and sophisticated software packages.
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