Manufacturing intelligence (MI) or collaborative manufacturing intelligence, consists of the framework of integrated software and services that bring a company’s manufacturing data from disparate sources together for reporting, analysis, visual summaries, and synchronizing data between enterprise-level and plant floor systems. A common goal for using MI is to turn plant data into useful knowledge that drives more informed decisions. The core components of MI include application connectors, data integration, data collection, contextualization, a data or production model, analytics, visualization, and reports or dashboards.