Analyst firms continue to predict large growth for MES software. I continue to doubt that much growth. This is a report on analysis by ABI Research predicting growth to US$ 5.4 Billion by 2031. I don’t do market research. My forte is product/market analysis evaluating who is there and where there may be gaps. 

The trade organization, MESA, defines the acronym as Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions upgraded from Manufacturing Execution Systems. Moving further, it seems to be settling on Smart Manufacturing as a marketing tag. I volunteered 15 years or more at MESA and still do a little proofreading of papers, but I just haven’t seen the growth I’d expected.

James Prestwood, Industrial and Manufacturing Analyst at ABI Research, says Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) might have been around for a while, but recent innovations put their evolutionary path at the intersection of Industry 4.0 and next-generation industrial automation

I think parts of MES are  valuable in their roles. I’m not so sure about complete MES solutions.

 According to analysis by global technology intelligence firm ABI Research, investment in MES software will reach US$5.4 billion in 2031 as manufacturers embrace new and innovative productivity-enhancing solutions. 

I thought several years ago that moving to the cloud for MES (and also CMMS and other manufacturing software) would be a game changer. So feels ABI. 

In particular, the research revealed a growing shift to cloud-based MES software alongside tactics and best practices for integrating and automating the use of production data with the help of modern architecture.

  • The report points to new entrants providing cloud-native products such as Apprentice.io and Tulip.
  • Established enterprise software firms, such as Oracle and SAP, are also turning their hand to MES products. 
  • These cohorts join large market incumbents such as Siemens, Dassault Systèmes, and Rockwell Automation.

These findings are from ABI Research’s Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES): Their Future and Place in the Modern Factory application analysis report and Manufacturing Execution Systems market data report

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