An article in Automation World (January 6, 2014) titled “From Smart Manufacturing to Manufacturing Smart” ( describes the impact of intelligent manufacturing on economic growth and competitiveness. Smart manufacturing and the powerful data analysis capacity is intended to change the way products are invented, manufactured, shipped and sold. Smart manufacturing is also associated to a network of sensors in the factory floor that will not only increase productivity but also improve worker safety while protecting the environment. Moreover, the use of smart devices will drive a new wave of digitization that will re-invent the manufacturing industry. Will the inter-connectivity of systems grow not only within a firm but also along its business partners to strengthen the links in the supply chain?