Fictiv Opens 2019 State of Hardware Survey

Today, we invite hardware development stakeholders to participate in our annual State of Hardware Survey on hardware development and manufacturing. The insights we gain from this survey will form the foundation for our fourth annual State of Hardware Report, the industry’s definitive collection of detailed data-driven insights into the most critical product development challenges and opportunities. The survey is open until February 22, 2019, and respondents have the chance to win one of three prizes. The first 750 U.S. respondents will receive a free injection molding poster.

Sign up to take the survey.

“The State of Hardware Report is an important tool in making hardware development easier, faster, and more accessible,” said Dave Evans, Fictiv co-founder and CEO. “This year, we are hoping to grow participation to ensure that even more people have a voice, helping engineers and designers deepen their understanding and accelerate the shift to a more modern tech-enabled global manufacturing process.”

Our 2018 State of Hardware Report polled 1,136 developers across 72 industries. It uncovered a growing reliance on nearshoring for earlier stage projects that ran up against limited capacity for American manufacturers. It also revealed a wide gap in perceived manufacturing knowledge, with only 13% of developers receiving consistent feedback on part manufacturability. Further, it found that an overreliance on outdated communication channels like email contributed to further slowdowns in production times.

This year, we hope to get feedback from even more developers, spanning hundreds of industries. We're focusing our questions on the three distinct areas that most impact product teams and highlight their most common pain points:

  • Supply Chain Management & Global Trade: In 2018, product companies were significantly impacted by the drastic increase of tariffs on global trade. From supply chain redistribution to downsizing due to material/component cost increases, this year’s survey aims to add clarity to what teams are facing and how they’re responding to ensure supply chains remain stable.
  • Bridging the Production Gap: One of the greatest challenges teams face in bringing a product to market is bridging the manufacturing gap between prototyping and high volume production. For new products, it’s risky to invest large amounts of cash upfront to produce thousands or millions of units based on less-than-accurate forecasts. The 2019 survey will dig into how product creators think about minimizing risk in this critical stage, average production volumes for initial launch by industry, and how time-to-market forecasts ultimately match up with reality.
  • Careers & People: In order to gain insight into how careers in engineering, product design, and supply chain management are evolving, a new addition this year will be to break down the most common roles by degree, salary and geography and also dig into ways people are building new skills to advance their careers.

Want to be part of Fictiv’s 2019 State of Hardware Report? Sign up to take the survey today!

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