Cloud Computing Transforming Manufacturing Industry: Microsoft
The biggest benefit of cloud computing is lowered cost of optimizing infrastructure, according to The Microsoft Discrete Manufacturing Cloud Computing Survey 2011.
The study also indicates that cloud computing and social computing, are also transforming manufacturing industry value chains.
According to the survey, cloud computing also facilitates efficient collaboration across geographies(47.7 percent) and the ability to respond quickly to business demands (38.4 percent).
Microsoft says that today the companies need to work towards better integration of collaboration tools with business systems and improve access to unstructured data and processes.
Sixty percent of those surveyed, noted that an industry wide collaboration including manufacturing products and services providers, IT providers, systems integrators and in-house business analysts can bring these improvements.
“Globalization has fragmented industry value chains, making them more complex and unable to quickly respond to increased competition and shorter product lifecycles. Cloud computing is empowering today’s global manufacturers to rethink how they innovate and collaborate across the value chain,” said Sanjay Ravi, managing director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing Industry for Microsoft. “As a result of these increasingly rapid changes in technology and business, manufacturers are seeking guidance on how to best plan and deploy these powerful technologies in concert with their business strategies and priorities and how to achieve greater competitive differentiation. Microsoft is leading a DIRA Framework in response to this need while offering a pragmatic solution roadmap for IT integration and adoption.”
“The survey shows current cloud computing initiatives are targeted at cost reduction, but a growing number of forward-looking companies are exploring new and innovative business capabilities uniquely delivered through the cloud,” Ravi said. “Manufacturers are exploring ways to improve product design with social product development, enhance visibility across multiple tiers in the value chain, and create new business models and customer experiences based on smart devices connecting to the cloud.”
By Anuradha Shukla