If you’re still wondering whether the cloud is really all it’s cracked up to be—you need only to take a look around your industry. Today’s manufacturers have fully embraced cloud manufacturing. In the 2017 State of Manufacturing Technology Report, 90 percent of manufacturers are using cloud-based productivity applications. They have also realized significant benefits from the cloud: more than 70 percent note that the cloud has positively impacted their ability to meet customer demands and 45 percent say the cloud is an important contributor to new product introductions.
But those aren’t all the benefits, here are even more:
Plan for Demand
To deliver on demand, you need an accurate understanding of that demand. Take a look at order history and use that to create a forecast. The forecast then becomes the basis for demand and capacity planning—where gaps can be identified. You can share that across the sales and marketing organizations and adjust as necessary.
Control Your Shop Floor
Managing production in real time means high-resolution traceability and data-driven quality management. You do this by capturing all shop floor activity in a single database for analysis by anyone in the business from anywhere, any time.
Connect the Business to Everything
This isn’t just about connecting devices, machines, and PLCs on the shop floor but also connecting the shop floor to the top floor. One manufacturing system of record enables one version of the truth that employees, suppliers, partners, and customers rely on.
Unlock Your People Potential
At the end of the day, the success of any business comes down to the people who power it. With the cloud, you can pivot your workforces from labor-intensive, manual processes to higher-value work that has an impact on the business.
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