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Today’s manufacturing business is under pressure to meet rising demands for speedier delivery and more output. Manufacturers can use cloud technology to address these demands. All levels of the manufacturing business will use this technology in the future to stay more securely connected to consumers and the supply chain.

90% of businesses use cloud technology in some form or another around the world. The industrial industry must adjust to global connection and computer advances. Manufacturers’ software will be nearly 50% cloud-based by 2023. To prevent falling behind now is the moment to adopt cloud computing.

How can Cloud Computing assist manufacturers?

Cloud computing has various advantages over traditional technology, which relies on individual computers with up-to-date software for data processing. The following are some of the advantages:

  •  Reliability: Compared to software installed on individual PCs, cloud-based technology has fewer technical issues.
  •  Savings: Cloud solutions do not necessitate the purchase of in-house servers.
  •  Scalability: Cloud computing may scale up or down to meet the needs of the organization.
  •  Less time spent updating computers: Cloud-based technology is always up to date, so IT departments don’t have to waste time making sure everyone has the latest software version.
  •  The advantage in the marketplace versus organizations that do not use cloud technology: Companies that adopt cloud manufacturing solutions have a competitive advantage due to increased efficiency and communication.
  •  Access programs: It can be accessed from any computer in the organization, which improves management skills.

Keys to cloud success 

  •  Define your company’s goals:

Clarify how you expect cloud technologies to help you run your organization more efficiently. The concept is that cloud computing should enable better-operating methods rather than merely providing new provisioning IT resources.

  •  Clarify your IT expectations:

Next, specify which types of IT benefits you want to optimize for. Reduced IT infrastructure footprints at manufacturing sites, improved price-to-performance ratios due to cloud solutions’ scalability, improved disaster-recovery capabilities, and automation might all be on your list.

  •  Prioritize cloud security:

Finally, create a strategy, governance, and infrastructure for cloud security. Having them in place is essential given how your cloud solutions connect to business-critical IT and operational technology infrastructure.

The three imperatives of cloud computing in manufacturing 

  •  Increase your company’s efficiency:

The first of the three imperatives focuses on boosting the overall efficiency of a manufacturing company. The concept is that cloud computing should enable better-operating methods rather than merely providing new provisioning IT resources.

  •  Boost IT Efficiency:

Cloud hosting gives you a whole new world of IT efficiency possibilities. It enables a smaller IT infrastructure footprint at manufacturing sites, better price-to-performance ratios due to the ability to scale capacity as needed, improved disaster-recovery capabilities, and automated administration, to name a few advantages. Because these capabilities scale up to numerous plants, they are often enough to establish the cloud adoption business case for significant firms.

  •  Reduce IT Risks:

On the other hand, manufacturing systems are typically interconnected with shop floor equipment, which might pose extra obstacles to remote hosting due to the high failure points represented by external network connections and their latency. The cost of unplanned outages can be raised because many of these applications are critical to the industry. Furthermore, manufacturing data often reflects a company’s intellectual property and is subject to export control rules in some situations. Thus security and data privacy are significant concerns.


 It’s time to start planning the implementation of a company’s manufacturing cloud objectives and high-level strategy. Cloud computing provides multiple options for every aspect of the manufacturing process, from marketing to productivity.  This is best accomplished by extensively evaluating the company’s current portfolio of manufacturing apps – a great way to reduce “technical debt.”

About the Author:

Senior Cloud Sales, Motherson Information Technologies Spain S.L.U.

A highly results-oriented sales professional offering more than 9 years of successful corporate business development experience. Strengths include sales, project management, account management, channel partner management and lead hunting. My core experience spans SAAS, selling complex solutions with consultative services, cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence. My passion includes building channels, establishing new verticals, and cracking new markets.