“Nobody understands the cloud!” – Funny guy from Hollywood comedy This is the third blog post that I’ve written recently highlighting the importance of cloud. This blog has become a veritable thunderhead of Cloud goodness—a topic that’s as popular to innovative product design companies as Shark Week is to oceanic predator enthusiasts. Why is cloud becoming so increasingly popular with manufacturers? The answer is simple. Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve the efficiency of new product introductions (NPI). Getting to market faster, easier, smarter, and more affordably are keys to success, especially in a competitive market where opportunities appear, and disappear, at the drop of a hat. If you just convinced your business to invest in a cloud solution you’re obviously not befuddled because you’re aware these challenges also drive demand for the benefits of cloud solutions:
- IT management of on-premise solutions and fake clouds can compromise a manufacturer’s agility, bog them down, and distract them from becoming more ROI-focused on their core business.
- Dissemination of critical data, including bills of materials (BOMs) and intellectual property (IP), across an increasingly complicated network raises the risk of security breaches, product errors and delayed time to market.
- Mobile and portable devices require a solution architecture that’s deliverable 24/7 at world-class service levels.
- A “flat world” (a level global playing field without geographical, balance sheet, or technology borders) increases the need for solutions that can scale efficiently to enable manufacturers to take advantage of global market opportunities.
- Global distribution of a supply chain workforce challenges the proper alignment of people, processes, and overarching business goals. This can result in potential miscommunication, product revision coordination, and control issues.