Apr 01, 2021

Mendix: 78% of US Manufacturers want to help with DX

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Georgia Wilson
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Latest findings from Mendix reveals that 78% of US manufacturing workers want to Help with digital transformation...

In a survey titled ‘Digital Illiteracy in the Factory: Providing Workers with Low-Code Tools’, Mendix - a Siemens business - discovered that 83 per cent of manufacturing workers (8 in 10) are interested in learning new digital skills.

“The prevailing wisdom for years has been that factory and industrial workers would resist digitalisation of their workplaces for fear of being replaced,” said Mendix. “But the survey, titled 'Digital Illiteracy in the Factory: Providing Workers with Low-Code Tools', revealed that workers now see acquiring technology as a strength.”

Commissioned by Mendix, and conducted between January 29 and February 11, 2021, the report looked at 250 full time workers in the US and 250 in Germany.

Other key findings from the survey included:

  • 9 out of 10 wanted to learn how to use low-code software development, with 3 per cent stating that they currently use low-code in their jobs
  • 67 per cent wanted to create a software app to solve issues at work
  • When compared to other countries (such as Germany) US workers were more willing to welcome and contribute to digitalisation 78 per cent vs. 61 per cent
  • Only 18 per cent of US manufacturing workers are happy with their digital skills 
  • 87 per cent of US workers want to learn how to use low-code, with 88 per cent of women being very interested in learning to low-code versus 51 per cent of men

“Like many business sectors, U.S. manufacturing is short of software and software developers. Training workers to code is expensive and time-consuming. Low-code enables citizen developers to build applications rapidly, with minimum training. As for the trained developers that manufacturing companies do employ, Mendix’s low-code helps them create apps 10X as fast and at a much lower cost,” said said Derek Roos, CEO of Mendix.

For more information on manufacturing topics - please take a look at the latest edition of Manufacturing Global.

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