Digital transformation is a priority for every industry, with enterprises recognizing the need to transition to the cloud to remain competitive. From the user experience to processing data, legacy systems simply can’t keep up with the kinds of benefits that the cloud offers.
The effects may be heightened in the manufacturing industry. Some of the benefits that digital transformation offers may soon be considered indispensable for remaining relevant in today’s market:
Interconnectedness for the Internet of Things (IoT): Many industries are utilizing new technology that allows for sensors inside devices to transmit data, but certain markets, like manufacturing and healthcare, are outpacing the others at using these devices to transform business processes. As a result, manufacturing requires up-to-date systems that can handle large sets of data and real-time responsiveness with the IoT. When decisions are made to alter the activities on the production line, they must be made with real-time data.
Simply equipping systems to handle the amount of data exchanged with IoT devices will be a challenge for manufacturing companies. Not only does software need to be able to handle the data, there also needs to be consideration for network connectivity, particularly in cases where real-time data exchange is necessary.
Removing the risk of complexity creep: When new technology is tagged onto legacy systems, manufacturing companies can suffer from complexity creep, where the IT team is forced to keep creating patches and workarounds for supporting legacy software. Beyond any added complexity, the maintenance of legacy hardware is often more costly than implementing cloud software.
Supply chain visibility: One of the big drivers for digital transformation is a desire for supply chain visibility. Manufacturing companies want high visibility during every stage of production, from the procurement of raw materials to the final delivery to the customer. Legacy systems cannot match the clear bird’s eye view that’s offered by new, advanced systems provided through the cloud. With a high level of visibility, errors can be spotted and corrected before they are finalized, and those that can’t make such adjustments may be left behind by the competition.
The ability to make better-informed, quick decisions: One of the major benefits of investing in software is the ability to make decisions with better information and at a faster pace. The tools and insights available through cloud software give manufacturers the tools to improve workflow, remove inefficiencies, and make adjustments to production or overall strategies, all with more speed than what is possible with a legacy system.
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