Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Roadmap Professional Certification Course

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Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Roadmap Framework

While many organizations agree that smart manufacturing would benefit their business practices, it can be challenging to decide on a strategic plan of action. CESMII’s Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Roadmap Framework aims to address this challenge by equipping organizations with a comprehensive blueprint to guide their smart manufacturing journey.

This framework was built by practitioners who have engaged in successful smart manufacturing adoption in their companies–their combined expertise is woven throughout each step to help manufacturers accelerate their own digital transformation.

It provides tactics to guide innovators through assessing their organization’s current state, identifying challenges and opportunities, and establishing a strategic roadmap specifically tailored to achieve the business goals.

Our Objective

If you are looking to jump start your Smart Manufacturing journey, align your business strategy, and increase operational performance, you’ve come to the right place.

You can start with a self-evaluation of your business practices. Our online Smart Manufacturing Business Practices Assessment tool guides you through questions that address critical business areas: Strategy, Culture, Processes, Systems, Workforce and Supply Chain.

You can either fill out the inquiry form at the end of the page to get more information on the tools and how to get your team started, or you can go ahead and start the process by taking the online assessment following the link below.



What’s possible?

Attend Events

Check Competitors

Understand Options

Challenges Addressed

Success Stories

Why SM for us?

Democratized Technology

Seek Demonstrations

Pilot Technology




Current State


Market Readiness


Current Opportunities

Educate Leaders 





Business Drivers

Value Proposition

Future State

Technology-enabled Strategy

Select Solutions, Path




Business Drivers

Key Milestones

1-3 Year Plan

Project Definition

Scope, Business Case



SM Foundation

Establish Infrastructure

Implement Solutions

Quick Wins – Agile


Change Management

Knowledge Transfer

Training and Adoption




Validate Success

Business Value




Smart Manufacturing
Business Practices Assessment

This is your no-cost starting point. You will come out with a better understanding of your operations, and insights into areas for improvement.

The Business Practices Assessment tool helps align your team around priorities based on the current state and the practical next steps for the business.  

All answers are confidential to your company. Upon completion, we will email your results so you can take the next step in developing and executing your innovation roadmap.

CESMII Acceleration Process and Roadmap Tools Differentiators

CESMII tools and methods have the following important differentiators in contrast to Industry 4.0 readiness assessments developed in other countries, tools from technology vendors, and the typical engagement with big consulting firms.

  • The process links business strategy to human and technology strategy.
  • Lowers in-person time and cost for consultant/advisor so they can work with more manufacturers in parallel. More of the process can be coached remotely.
  • Based on collaborative approach to create ownership. Process designed for manufacturer taking on more of the process themselves and consultant mentoring/coaching 1-2 internal champions within manufacturer instead of consultant doing it all themselves. “Roadmap is done with us not to us”.
  • Assessment of business practices versus assessment of technology adoption, leveraging crowd sourcing throughout the organization instead of only using a few opinions.
  • Assessment covers 6 dimensions (critical areas) of practice (instead of 16-20 dimensions) and uses straightforward questions.
  • Benchmarking data available to manufacturers and consultants. CESMII has a growing database for benchmarking.
  • Consulting engagement targeted at $8-$15K for typical small-medium manufacturer to develop roadmap and can be implemented quickly.
  • CESMII ecosystem benefits for the consultant and manufacturer include collaborators that are providing consulting, solutions, and education in different specialized areas.
  • Roadmap is prioritized based on business impact and strategy. Roadmap is not technology driven but is enabled by technology.
  • Engagement to develop roadmap is separate from engagements/projects to help implement specific technology solutions.
  • Designed to be revisited every year to check progress, impact, and alignment with changing business goals.
  • CESMII and the acceleration process are vendor neutral. The process is about building capabilities in people, process and technology that drive and meet business needs and open new business opportunities.

Accelerating Smart Manufacturing: An Update from CESMII at EASTEC

Join the Industry 4.0 Club from the floor of EASTEC for an update on CESMII’s progress rolling out their Acceleration Framework for manufacturers. Conrad Leiva, Jim Wetzel, and Mike Yost are at EASTEC for another hands-on workshop and have plenty to share!

Overview: Smart Manufacturing Roadmapping Tools

During the RPI Innovation Center Grand Opening, Jim Wetzel, Co-Founder, NxGen Group and CESMII member gave the opening keynote outlining the process of working with CESMII Roadmap tools and their value.

Smart Manufacturing – Building Your Strategic Roadmap

In this four-week, non-credit course, you will work with a world-class, experienced practitioner-mentor to develop a strategic plan for implementing smart manufacturing within your organization leveraging CESMII’s Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Framework.