October - 2016 - issue > CEO Insights

Five Ways Cloud Computing Is Reforming Manufacturing

Punit Thakkar, Director & CEO, Shivaami Cloud Services
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Punit Thakkar, Director  & CEO, Shivaami Cloud Services
Headquartered in Mumbai, Shivaami Cloud Services has established itself as a leading Google for Work premier partner in India, helping clients realize the exciting potential of the cloud for business growth. The company's strength lies in its ability to understand the core requirements of customers and its expertise in offering tailor-made solutions.

Manufacturing organizations are not shying away from embracing cloud computing. In fact, they find unique benefits from adopting this technology. Cloud has the potential to empower any business to function faster, smarter and in a more flexible manner. Manufacturing units in particular are increasingly becoming 'cloud-savvy' due to the many benefits that a cloud model offers.

There is tremendous pressure on manufacturers to improve productivity while keeping the cost low, and to speed up the manufacturing process. CIOs of manufacturers from various industries such as telecom, IT, automotive, healthcare, retail and chemical have started recognizing how cloud can reduce cost and speed up productivity. Studies indicate that traditional IT spends in the manufacturing sector is on the decline, and CXOs see more value in moving IT resources to the cloud.

Our recent conversations with some of the leading manufacturing firms tell us that they are driven towards cloud due to the accelerated time-to market, enhanced organizational flexibility and scalability, rapid resource provisioning, and lower cost of ownership. Manufacturers aiming to gain a winning edge are turning towards cloud and are open to move even the most critical apps to the cloud platform, due to the following reasons.

Reduced time to market: The way the manufacturers bring out and market their products is constantly evolving as the technology is advancing day by day. They are looking at launching better products in a much faster way. As a reason, manufacturers need to have a speedy and responding ecosystem that can analyze loopholes, vendor and inventory status, predicting product future and customer demand. Cloud allows these organizations the real-time ability to test the design for a product, understand the market and do its own research. Product co-creation and supply chain activities like taking orders, logistics and tracking delivery management become a lot more efficient with the introduction of cloud.

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