What Are the Benefits of Cloud Software?
In the world of manufacturing, continuous improvement is necessary to remain competitive and lean. It is also why we are experiencing a paradigm shift in the manufacturing industry from operating a singular commodities production capacity to including service networks and maintenance support. This is why many companies are seeking to begin manufacturing in the cloud by moving their software investments off premises.
This is the result of companies taking a cloud-first approach to business management. A cloud first approach can be a method of improvement for many businesses, in that their change is driven by faster, more agile technology capacities on SaaS architecture. Today we discuss the role that manufacturing in the cloud can play in the transformation of industrial production.
An increasingly competitive and restricted manufacturing environment has created new adrenaline in the C-Suite to prioritize the limitation of waste and increase sustainability faster than ever before. This often calls for the implementation of change management principles, new social responsibility and the eradication of legacy ERP solutions.
Using a cloud-centric approach to manufacturing provides businesses a faster implementation time. This means having a proven infrastructure addressing identified processes, tracking needs and data visibility with minimal disruption to transactions made internally or with suppliers and customers. A cloud-first strategy lessens the number of internal IT resources to be pulled from critical responsibilities to aid in the implementation of a solution.
Likewise, not only is an instance of cloud more cost effective in the implementation, but historically SaaS technology time to deploy is much quicker than an on-premises solution, which means the business begins realizing ROI much sooner.
Improved Asset Management
Industrialists have been seeking a solution to improve customer satisfaction, alleviate overproduction and tap into new demand. Have you heard or read that "today every business is a technology business?" Though cliché, this is true for industrial enterprises, like manufacturing and distribution. With a cloud first approach, these companies are now graded on their ability to house a full service network from end to end of a process. This is made wholly possible through the use of cloud software.
Manufacturers have begun embedding sensors inside of machines to explore and quantify the outcomes of these devices. Many manufactures have found this to be a profound way to increase revenue and decrease costs through the use of today's most agile software.
Cloud infrastructure hosts unlimited computing capacity for boundless data storage. This feature allows the manufacturer to realize new revenues. Likewise, effective management of this data lessens the chance for bottlenecks, high direct costs, and noncompliance due to overproduction and product variation.
Lower Maintenance Costs
Modern cloud ERPs enable IT departments more time to focus on performance data and user inquiries, and less time quantifying software capacity disasters. Cloud infrastructure is a much cheaper, scalable and reliable solution for businesses. There is no turnover of hardware, saving a company from paying the standard 25 percent hardware maintenance premium year after year.
Generally IT groups are left with more work than bargained for when configuring business systems in house, due to the hardware and networking components of many projects. This inevitably bottlenecks the department and often disrupts operations in the business. Likewise, IT departments that still host legacy software become overwhelmed with the required continual care. Often times they are stuck feeding performance with third party utilities, installing updates, and managing middleware, rather than improving systems in general. This leads to the purchase of additional capacity or middleware licenses on an ongoing basis.
If an IT department is managing test environments and general data as well as performing migrations, key performance data will most likely fall through the cracks, leading to mistakes and lackluster performance. Cloud-based software reduces the stress, time and error that can come with outdated and in-house systems.
Save money and time while ensuring cloud-based processes and data are housed, monitored and secured by your cloud software vendor. Instead of wasting time maintaining your system or working with slow, outdated software, cloud-hosted software enables your business to devote more time to manufacturing and distribution. Datix knows that cloud-based systems are the future, so we offer SaaS versions of Epicor ERP and are partnered with Salesforce, the world's cloud CRM leader. Additionally, with Unity, our cloud-based connector, your ERP, CRM and/or eCommerce systems are integrated into a streamlined software that provides optimal efficiency to your business processes.
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