Cloud computing can help manufacturers streamline operations from end-to-end, do more with vast pools of data, accelerate time to market and integrate different supply chains. Read on to see how else the cloud makes smart manufacturing possible.
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Technology is transforming the manufacturing industry, leading to increasingly digitized and connected processes. This “smart manufacturing,” or Industry 4.0, is best supported by cloud infrastructure, which is already starting to impact every facet of the industry.
Cloud-based software makes it possible to manage the design, production, quality control, research, testing, inventory, employees, finances, vendor relations, sales and marketing of various global locations in one, central location.
Big data from myriad sources can be integrated in the cloud and then analyzed by companies to better tailor products to their target customers’ specific wants and needs.
With the ability to integrate different IT platforms and analytics, cloud-based systems allow everyone along the supply chain(s) to see the same, real-time information. This makes it easier to collaborate and solve problems as they arise so the chain isn’t so severely disrupted by unexpected events.
The cloud has streamlined product design and accelerated the time to market by giving engineers the ability to collaborate and access high-powered digital design tools from anywhere on any device.
Cloud computing democratizes data, streamlines processes and makes global (or local) enterprise management easier. It’s a hallmark technology of Industry 4.0 and a critical investment for manufacturers looking to keep up with a quickly changing industry.