Four ways the cloud enables successful manufacturers to achieve their goals:
Upgrade factories to become more productive
Use cloud-based collaboration tools to enable remote technicians to work with frontline workers to diagnose and resolve troubles—reducing downtime.
Fortify supply chains to be more resilient and secure
Introduce hybrid clouds with consistent, “edge-to-cloud” security, enabling partners to safely access and share data and apps across the cloud, the corporate data center, and “edge locations” (for example, manufacturing facilities that support local operations and Internet of Things applications).
Reimagine product lines to be more innovative and agile
Choose an intelligent cloud platform with access to next-generation capabilities, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and mixed-reality devices, that will enable you to quickly build, test, and change products. The most forward-looking manufacturers have revamped their product development processes to leverage data analytics and artificial intelligence. With access to analytics-based intelligence, you can derive valuable business insights from your data assets and support a feedback loop among stakeholders that drives greater innovation.
Refine the customer experience to be more responsive and flexible
Connect employees, partners, and customers with an open, flexible cloud, one that enables you to anticipate and respond to customer needs. For example, introducing a cloud-based, low-code application development platform allows you to quickly and easily add and change applications and software; this helps you to continually improve the customer experience.
The cloud provides access to all of the essential capabilities you need to protect and grow your business, including collaboration, analytics, security, and integration tools that enable you to deliver the services your clients want, quickly and cost-effectively. For manufacturers, the cloud is the right foundation to succeed, now and into the future.