A couple of decades ago, the manufacturing sector looked very different in terms of tech infrastructure than it does today. Many companies, even big ones, had rather crude procedures for tracking and analyzing vital data – they were recording key information on daily workflow by using pencils and clipboards. They lacked a high-powered method of organizing and overseeing the entire operation efficiently.
"The cloud has turned the whole business model upside down."
The arrival of cloud computing has begun to change that. Now that it's easy for companies to store data online, in a place that anyone can access and modify it, business leaders have a new way of coordinating operations. They can use the cloud for overseeing everything about their business, analyzing it and fine-tuning the way they do business. In short, the cloud has turned the whole business model upside down.
According to Forbes, it's incredibly visible how much manufacturing has benefited from the many advantages of cloud computing. Louis Columbus, vice president of marketing at iBASEt, told the news source that cloud infrastructure providers have made these businesses more efficient and more adept at collaborating both internally and with other organizations.
"The best manufacturers I've visited this year all share a common attribute – they are obsessed with making themselves as easy as possible to work with from a supply chain, distribution and services standpoint," Columbus noted. "Many are evaluating cloud-based manufacturing applications, including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and several have adopted cloud-based applications across their companies."
Below is a look at three specific ways that manufacturing businesses have benefited from the cloud:
Redesigning daily workflow
From top to bottom, manufacturing leaders are eager to redesign the way they do business, using the cloud as the backbone for it all. Cloud-based platforms can be used to coordinate factory work from hour to hour, helping to grease the wheels on the assembly line. Meanwhile, further down the supply chain, the cloud can also be used to expedite the sales process. Everyone is benefiting from improved data sharing and collaboration.
Emphasizing business intelligence
Every manufacturing company is looking at ways to become more efficient. How can they produce more goods and bring them to market faster without expending too much in the way of time, money or labor? The cloud is helping to answer that question by helping business leaders gather information on their internal operations, easily assessing what's going right and what areas still need work. With better business intelligence, companies can make smarter decisions about future improvement.
Backing up vital data
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, manufacturing businesses today need ways of backing up their data. Disaster recovery is a key area of focus for any business. If a tech malfunction or weather-related catastrophe hits, companies will need quick and reliable ways to recover their data and stay operational, and this is where the cloud comes in.
Cloud backup solutions are far more reliable today than tapes or backup machines or anything of the sort. With the cloud, manufacturing business leaders can rest assured that their data is safe and available at a moment's notice. Say goodbye to downtime.