In the last 18 months, the business world has witnessed incredible volatility. From shifting customer demands, supply chain gaps and workforce shortages to remote work and employee safety, the manufacturing industry was one of the most disrupted.

Manufacturers who were quick to identify and adapt to these changes have faired far better than those who haven’t. Because of this, more and more companies are realizing the urgent need to accelerate their move to digital. According to Microsoft research on 5 manufacturing trends driving the need for an industry cloud, 62 percent of manufacturers are forging ahead with their smart manufacturing investments, increasing by 20 percent this year alone.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is No Longer Hype

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the old ways of doing business will no longer suffice. As traditional markets are being disrupted and turned upside down by supply chain delays, new markets are being built, and the competition – always fierce – is intensifying. Machine learning, remote assist, digital twin and AI/AR technologies are no longer just hype- they’re the difference between surviving and thriving.

Introducing Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing

As the manufacturing sector grapples with its greatest transformation, it’s critical that businesses are equipped with a technology platform that is integrated, intelligent, user-friendly, scalable and secure.

Unveiled at Ignite 2021 this week, the latest features of Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing are accelerating digital transformation in manufacturing in an end-to-end, holistic, and scalable way. By connecting intelligent, integrated cloud, and edge capabilities of the Microsoft stack to the highest value manufacturing scenarios, businesses can increase asset and frontline worker productivity in safe and secure factories, enabling remote selling and always-on service, and unlocking cloud-based innovation.

Key Benefits for Manufacturers

By providing organizations of all sizes with the right tools to manage their supply chain, finances and operations, along with support for customer relationships from a single application, manufacturers can gain complete control and full visibility across all areas of their business.

With Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing, you will find capabilities like: Asset ProductivityLearning and Knowledge ManagementAlways-on-ServiceSupply Chain Visibility, and more.

As many manufacturers continue to struggle with supply chain shortages, the Supply Chain Visibility capability is a huge asset. Here, manufacturers can create a digital supply chain twin, a digital representation of the physical supply chain to predict disruptions and proactively overcome them. In the event of a global disruption, manufacturers can analyze both upstream and downstream impact and perform simulations and model scenarios at scale to determine the best resolution and then automate that response.

Flexibility to Build & Innovate As You Grow

According to recent research by McKinsey, lack of funding is still considered the biggest constraint in the perceived challenges facing all Industry 4.0 initiatives. Which is why at HSO, we’re so excited that Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing offers a modular framework where manufacturers can start small and build as they go. Because few companies have the budget or infrastructure to “rip and replace,” the solution is designed to give manufacturers flexibility and control. And with an experienced implementation partner like HSO to help guide them along the way, they can prioritize the capabilities they need to address their most pressing business needs first, develop a plan for change, and grow over time.

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For more than 30 years, HSO has focused on helping organizations get sustainable results through the use of technology. Consistently ranked as one of the top Microsoft partners globally, we’re dedicated to helping businesses solve their toughest digital transformation challenges, like:

Leveraging a wide range of award-winning business applications designed to help your company reach it’s goals.

Contact us today to learn more.