Information Management Systems IMS Technology Roadmap

Information Management Systems - 2015 iNEMI Roadmap

iNEMI, Date of Publication: Apr 7, 2015
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Information Management Systems (IMS) Technology Roadmap 2015

The electronics industry continues to grow in both revenue and actual usage through both traditional expansion of the core, as well as the increasing use of electronics by other industries in their products or in the manufacture of their products. This is occurring even as we also see product convergence (e.g. telecomm, consumer electronics), consolidation, (single multi-function devices) and rampant commoditization. Coupled with increasingly intense global competition and volatile world markets, the industry has become sensitive to socio-economic and technological change as it transitions from a set of uniquely defined segments (OEM, EMS, etc) to an extensive and highly complex global ecosystem of multiple and competing levels of demand and supply tiers, collaborators, “co-opitors” (competitors working together) and self created competitors. 

Another area of concern is the effect environmental pressures continue to have on electronics manufacturing. These pressures can be grouped into three major areas; environmental regulations, environmental responsibility, and scarcity of environmental resources. While the environmental regulations are getting the majority of the publicity, the other two areas are becoming increasingly important.  It is apparent that all three areas are leading to changes in products, processes, and information management systems. The information management requirements of environmental aspects of manufacturing are extensive. They include; requirements and expectation information, material composition data, end of life processing and reporting information, environmental-attribute design rules, materials libraries and qualification requirements, information on available environmentally friendly materials, products and processes.

Critical Infrastructure Issues

There are a number of critical infrastructure issues that continue to plague electronics manufacturing and prevent efficient, low cost exchange of data within the supply chain and efficient, highly productive operation of the factory. These issues are not only a drag on today’s productivity, but will limit the effectiveness of IMS to deliver greater value in the future. As the electronics industry becomes further commoditized, the effective R&D available to resolve these issues, especially for IMS, becomes more limited and further limits our ability to resolve issues.

  • Product traceability and anti-counterfeiting measure needs are increasing
  • Full system optimization (from design to end of life) can provide major efficiency gains
  • Lack of adoption of existing standards is limiting progress
  • Rapidly evolving IT technology leading to many different interface implementations
  • Data and system security are major challenges
  • Inability to manage design collaboration in a consistent and efficient manner
  • Data quality shortcomings
  • Standards quality (e.g. the need for a more rigorous standards development process)
  • Ability to manage and protect intangible assets (e.g. design IP, business process IP)
  • Exchanging data between industries (each with unique exchange standards)

The 2015 Roadmap was developed by five Product Emulator Groups (PEGs) and 19 Technology Working Groups (TWGs). The TWGs responded to the inputs and requirements outlined by representatives of OEMs in the five Product Emulator Groups (PEGs). These groups included more than 500 direct participants from over 280 private corporations, consortia, government agencies, and universities in 20 countries.

The roadmap identifies major trends in the evolution of information technology, with an emphasis on identifying potentially disruptive events (business and technology). It provides the information needed to identify critical technology and infrastructure gaps, prioritize R&D needs to meet those gaps, and initiate activities that address industry needs.

Through its roadmaps, iNEMI charts future opportunities and challenges for the electronics manufacturing industry. These widely utilized roadmaps:

  • Help OEMs, EMS providers and suppliers prioritize investments in R&D
     and technology deployment

  • Influence the focus of university-based research

  • Provide guidance for government investment in emerging technologies


The complete report provides a full coverage of emerging and disruptive technologies across the electronics industry: Order 2015 iNEMI Roadmap today.




Date of Publication:
Apr 7, 2015
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