Cloud Computing

Manufacturers Turn to Cloud Services to Improve Production

Design News
December 30, 2022
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Photo by Mech Mind on Unsplash


Adopting cloud technology provides greater efficiency, autonomy and productivity for manufacturers. But cloud technology is still underutilized with many manufacturers. Part of what’s needed to shift the narrative is the adoption of a continuous transformation mindset, where software updates across systems surpass localized hardware replacements.

The pandemic exposed manufacturers’ need to centralize complex operations management and to pivot and innovate quickly to adapt to change. Now, the manufacturing industry is moving toward the cloud to protect business continuity and to improve productivity, efficiency, and autonomy. Close to 70% of all organizations now host at least half their workloads in the cloud. And while  “future fit” manufacturers are already using the cloud to drive innovation, others are behind the cloud adoption curve.

The reason for this lag is the same reason cloud adoption holds such potential for manufacturers. Physical plants within the same organization may be widely distributed and contain different types of hardware and software, all of which need periodic updates and replacements that are usually done manually on-site. Leveraging the cloud requires standardizing hardware across plants and pushing software updates through the cloud. It is possible to set the stage for cloud expansion, but it takes a clear understanding of how this process can help attain goals, a map for implementation or expansion, and a continuous transformation mindset.

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