Cloud technology is fast becoming the standard for technology on the plant floor. Though the implementation of a cloud solution on the plant floor has shown to be a marked improvement over legacy, on-premise systems, there are still several key areas that should be addressed after implementation to ensure the high performance and availability of your cloud solution.\n\n\n\u00a0 \u00a01.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Internet Connectivity and Redundancy\n\n\nThe advent of the Internet on the plant floor has brought faster and increased communication, but reliability and performance are two factors that need close attention as well. IT professionals need to ensure that a separate secondary Internet connection exists as a backup, as well as adequate response speed to keep production and data flowing without a hitch.\n\n\n\u00a0 \u00a02.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Application and Data Security\n\n\nApplication and data security are real concerns, and it\u2019s important that technology professionals are focused on three key areas of security: the security of the network environment in the end user\u2019s facility, data security between the end user site and the cloud provider, and\u00a0security\u00a0within the cloud provider\u2019s data center. With these three areas properly investigated before and during implementation, your data will be secure throughout the enterprise. \u00a0\n\n\n\u00a0 \u00a03.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Mobility and Wireless Network Requirements\n\n\nA sound wireless network enables mobility so you can keep track of shipping, receiving, quality and more. From the beginning of the inventory lifecycle to the end, you can keep track in real time. Depending on the size of the plant floor and other facilities, IT professionals should ensure the wireless network eliminates or avoids dead spots and can handle roaming if needed. \u00a0\n\n\n\u00a0 \u00a04.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Plant Floor Equipment Needs\n\n\nIn order to enjoy the benefits of real-time data and accurate information from the plant floor, the use of barcode technology such as barcode printers, production workstations, mobile scanners and more are essential. Manufacturers are also incorporating\u00a0wearable technology\u00a0on the plant floor, using ring and eyeglass scanners to enhance productivity by allowing workers to learn the status of an item simply by walking up to it. \u00a0\n\n\n\u00a0 \u00a05.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Integrations to other Systems\n\n\nA successful cloud solution needs to be able to \u201cspeak\u201d to different devices on the plant floor. The cloud solution can do this through an open application interface (API), and technology professionals can use this to make machine-to-machine communication a cinch. \u00a0 Want to learn more? Access the\u00a0\u201cIT Infrastructure Tips for Ensuring High-Performance Cloud Connectivity\u201d\u00a0white paper.