The Cloud Advantage for Manufacturers


CIOs and technology staff are faced with a number of challenges on a daily basis: managing scalability, high costs due to system delays, the inability of the system to react to change quickly, and clunky bolt-on systems that don’t work efficiently. All of these things lead to a delay in decision making, impacting strategy and the bottom line.

What if there was another way? Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in the cloud provide numerous advantages when compared with legacy on-premise systems. There are a few ways a cloud ERP system can save you time and money on the plant floor.

The IT Advantage

Just like a real cloud in the sky, a cloud ERP system is light; it doesn’t bog down your business with high upfront hardware costs and increasing headcount. Plus, being on current cloud technology means your company will be part of the new generation of enterprise software and innovation. IT costs are reduced with a reliable system with built-in redundancy and multiple backups, allowing IT staff to step away from daily fire drills and into the strategic decision making process. The cloud offers superior security and scalability, and you’ll never experience production delays due to system upgrades or expansions.

cloud ERP system also provides a single, unified version of the truth, which increases employee efficiency by giving employees one place to log into from anywhere, any place, at any time. Total system access is enabled from any Internet-connected device.

The Manufacturing Advantage

Manufacturers live in a constantly moving world, and the Internet of Making Things (IoMT) isn’t slowing down any time soon. With an all-inclusive cloud ERP system, manufacturers are able to collaborate more effectively for efficient decision making based on real-time visibility into the plant floor. In addition, quality and compliance are achieved with greater accuracy. As reported by a recent Aberdeen Group report, manufacturers with an end-to-end ERP solution are 2.8x as likely to be able to execute effective, efficient recalls. They also experience easily integrated data across the enterprise, real-time visibility into production processes and higher profitability.

The cloud advantage is clear. For IT professionals, the cloud offers a chance to become a true thought leader in an organization; it frees up time to focus on more important business functions. For manufacturers, the benefits of efficiency, effectiveness and visibility gained by a cloud ERP system enhance business success from the plant floor to the top floor.

Ready to learn more? Click here to access “The Appeal of SaaS ERP,” an analyst report from industry analyst Mint Jutras.  

Source: Castellina, Nick. The Unified Manufacturing Environment: Transparency, Collaboration, And Decision-Making with End-to-End ERP Report. Aberdeen Group, Apr. 2015. PDF.

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