DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - EDITORIAL - *The State Of Manufacturing Tech­nol­ogy by Plex Sys­tems Jane War­wick

Henry Ford said that if he had asked his cus­tomers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse. In­stead he gave them cars. To­day, Ford’s car so­lu­tion could be the equiv­a­lent of cloud tech­nol­ogy. It would seem that many peo­ple, no mat­ter how learned, are still con­fused about cloud tech­nolo­gies and the ben­e­fits to their busi­ness, as well as them­selves. A re­cent re­port from US-based *Plex Sys­tems, which de­vel­oped the the Plex Manufacturing Cloud es­pe­cially for the manufacturing industry, found that in the USA 40 per­cent of man­u­fac­tur­ers in­ter­viewed drew a di­rect cor­re­la­tion be­tween cloud tech­nolo­gies and their abil­ity to in­no­vate dur­ing the next five years. That cloud tech­nolo­gies have al­ready im­proved in­sights into their busi­ness was re­alised by 66 per­cent of man­u­fac­tur­ers and 93 per­cent of man­u­fac­tur­ers are us­ing con­sumer tablets in their manufacturing op­er­a­tions. Man­u­fac­tur­ers con­sider cloud com­put­ing among the most im­por­tant tech­nolo­gies in strength­en­ing their com­pet­i­tive edge in the next five years, says the re­port. Of the re­spon­dents, 89 per­cent of the man­u­fac­tur­ers were global and grow­ing, re­port­ing ris­ing rev­enue over the past five years; 39 per­cent had at­tained 20 per­cent growth dur­ing that time pe­riod. Al­though the ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents were US-head­quar­tered com­pa­nies, nearly 50 per­cent had in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions. Even if you are not in­tro­duc­ing new tech­nolo­gies into your busi­ness you should, at least, be aware of them and their po­ten­tial. You’ll never get ahead in the cloud if you keep your own head in the clouds.

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