This white paper highlights the key challenges facing the manufacturing industry, and discusses how the 2007 Microsoft® Office system can help maximize employee contributions and enhance business performance with innovative and powerful enterprise capabilities.
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consumer electronics, and semiconductors), oil / gas / utilities, and pharmaceuticals. For the purpose of this white paper, the manufacturing industry consists of a single entity; however, when specific distinctions exist in the subsectors, they have been duly highlighted. 3 An analysis of the key trends, issues, and challenges within the various subsectors of the manufacturing industry, based on leading market analysis firms (Gartner, Forrester, Metagroup, and Datamonitor), has been summarized in this