Cloud Computing Could Revolutionize Your Business
Cloud computing – the provision of infinitely scalable computing resources as a service over the Internet – is in the process of transforming virtually every facet of modern manufacturing. Whether it’s how manufacturing enterprises operate, how they integrate into supply chains, or how products are designed, fabricated, and used by customers, cloud computing is helping manufacturers innovate, reduce costs, and increase their competitiveness.
However, not all firms have been quick to adopt new technologies. Manufacturing firms have the scale and longevity needed to comfortably wait out the emergence of new technologies in order to see what’s actually worth the investment, and what’s just a fad.
Well, if you’re still waiting on the cloud, you should know that you’ve fallen behind. After all, the cloud is more than a decade old. If it was going to fail, it would have by now.
If you haven’t yet harnessed the power of the cloud, your competitors in the manufacturing world are leaving you behind.
Do you know what you’re missing out on?
Your Cloud Primer: What Is It And What Does It Do?
By definition, the cloud is a network of technologies that allows access to computing resources, such as storage, processing power, and more. In layman’s terms, the cloud allows you to access IT resources that wouldn’t be available otherwise – or, at least, not without a much higher expense.
Easily Budgeted Expenses
The cloud services subscription model offers the strategic advantage of low-cost, low-risk opt-in combined with a simple, predictable monthly fee.
The cloud has the ability to activate tens of thousands of CPUs. This unparalleled power can quickly perform deep analytics of your data, and process nearly any ad-hoc queries that you require.
Connecting Team Members
With cloud technology, your staff doesn’t have to wait for each other to be done with their part of the document or project in order to tackle their own aspect. They can all work on the same project at the same time to maximize productivity.
Cloud services have the unique strategic characteristic of being able to stretch or shrink to suit your current level of demand. This is especially useful for businesses of any scale that will change in size over time.
But that’s not all – the cloud even offers specific advantages to firms like yours.
The Benefits Of Cloud Computing In The Manufacturing Industry
Increase Visibility & Lower Operating Costs
The cloud offers an effective way to connect the many disparate parts of your firm. By storing all the information about your firm in the cloud, you can access real-time insights at a moment’s notice. You can immediately call up data about inventory volume, production capacity, demand signals and more. This vastly simplifies your chain of communication from what’s happening on the ground to what’s being decided in the meeting, providing opportunities to save further on the costs of operating your firm.
Harness New Production Systems
Critically, cloud computing allows manufacturers to use many forms of new production systems, from 3D printing and high-performance computing (HPC) to the Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial robots. Moreover, cloud computing democratizes access to and the use of these technologies by small manufacturers.
Revolutionize The Way You Manage Data
This is a core benefit of all cloud deployments – store your data in the cloud so you can keep it safe, and access it from where and where you need to. By moving your vital data to the cloud, you can enhance your security, increase data accessibility for staff members, and lower costs. Instead of storing onsite, you can reduce costly local hardware by storing your files in the cloud, where they’ll be safe and easily accessible by you and your staff.
Put Your Data To Work
Cloud computing helps manufacturers manage their businesses with better intelligence, which is made possible through expanded use of data analytics. In fact, the cloud is fast becoming the central venue for data storage, analytics, and intelligence for most manufacturers.
Explore New Products
Cloud computing facilitates research, design, and development of new products, which powers innovation, reduces product development costs and speeds time to market.
Manufacturing Is Moving To The Cloud
Isn’t it obvious? Yes, you should be using the cloud! The cloud is so fundamentally a part of the modern business world. The manufacturing industry is no exception.
If you’re not already using the cloud for file sharing and storage, you’re way behind the times. But if you’re also failing to take advantage of the industry-specific features the cloud can deliver, then you’re missing out.