Companies in the manufacturing sector face a significant challenge on a daily basis – they must do everything in their power to stay operational. With few exceptions, manufacturing businesses can't afford for their technology to break down on them, even for a few hours. A short outage can mean a major interruption in production, which can translate to significant profits down the tubes.
"The safer way to run a business is to use an infrastructure based on cloud computing."
For this reason, you rarely see manufacturers rely simply on a couple of employees' computers for managing their data and overseeing their operations. If you just have a couple of local machines running the show, you're extremely vulnerable should one or both of them break down. The safer way to run a business is to use an infrastructure based on cloud computing that's resilient and makes work more convenient for everyone.
Convenience is just one of the many advantages of cloud computing. There are many, according to TechTarget, which is why numerous manufacturing companies are adopting Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions that enable them to do business on a higher level.
Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong and Associates, told the news source that for many manufacturers, the best way to go is to align with a cloud provider that has global connections. This way, you can manage everything from your internal data to your international supply chain at maximum efficiency.
"It's important to really align yourself with providers that have significant capabilities on a global basis," Armstrong said. "A lot of them manage the local providers and work with them as a lead logistics provider."
The cloud is quickly evolving, and it's capable now of lending an entirely new backbone to companies in the manufacturing industry. Here's a look at four things it can do for your business:
Grant employees greater mobility
One advantage of the cloud is it helps add mobility to the way companies do work. Managers can access information about their teams' productivity from any location, using any device. This level of convenience makes it easier to do work in more innovative ways.
Help manage business partnerships
No manufacturing business operates in a vacuum – every company has others that it partners with, including suppliers who provide raw materials and equipment and buyers who purchase their finished products. Cloud providers offer a more convenient way of managing those relationships.
Back up your vital information
When your business has important information that it can't afford to lose – such as client data, or internal info about employees and their work assignments – it's best to have that backed up in a safe place. The cloud offers a safe haven for important files with an extra layer of security.
Allow for easier disaster recovery
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the cloud is a valuable resource when it comes to disaster recovery (DR). What will happen if your manufacturing company is the victim of a storm, or a technical malfunction that corrupts your data? In this scenario, you'll be thankful that you have DR in the cloud, as it allows you to keep your data above the fray and out of harm's way.