The benefits of cloud computing in manufacturing are endless. From lowering the cost of production to encouraging innovation, manufacturers are catching on to the many advantages of this new technology, and the manufacturing sector is quickly becoming one of the pioneers of cloud computing.
It is Happening
According to a recent study by SoftChoice, manufacturing is steps ahead of other sectors of business when it comes to adopting new Cloud technology. The study showed that 67% of employees in manufacturing are using cloud apps, compared to 53% of employees in the healthcare industry and 51% of finance professionals. Though traditionally manufacturing has lagged behind other industries when it comes to the widespread adoption of new technology, manufacturing business are actually leading the way with Cloud technology.
Key Strategic Advantages of Cloud Computing in Manufacturing
The reason that cloud computing makes sense and is receiving such widespread adoption is that it offers many key strategic advantages for organizations. These advantages include the ability to manage various software applications, build custom applications that integrate with ERP, and simplify deployment by managing a continual enhancement.
Improved Visibility & Management Capabilities
Accurately measuring employee productivity has long been one of the most challenging aspects of management within the manufacturing industry. By utilizing labor management applications that track and respond to each step in a manufacturing process, management is able to visualize where production is bottle-necking, and respond in a way that increases output. Francis Li, vice president of Information Technology at Softchoice explains that these applications help production leaders by “revealing employee patterns and offering new solutions to process hiccups.” Cloud technology in this area is not only making it easier to measure employee productivity, it is also providing new insights as to where more employee training on a specific skillset would be beneficial to workflow.
PaaS Simplifies Development & Encourages Innovation
PaaS (Platform as a Service) allows businesses to build custom software on top of a technology platform, such as Salesforce, simplifying application development, deployment, and encouraging innovation. The value of PaaS cannot be overstated as it provides companies a location to create, host, and deploy applications without requiring the energy and expertise to navigate complex servers and databases. Because of this, PaaS eliminates the overhead costs of managing the IT resources necessary for application development. In addition, PaaS speeds up application development and allows companies to focus on creating and utilizing the application itself.
As manufacturers continue to pioneer the way, The use of cloud computing is allowing businesses to build and manage custom applications that ultimately provide new insights and lead to an increase in production.