Cloud computing is the latest craze in the world of technology and the concept is really interesting. The general practice over the years has been to keep a soft copy of any presentation or official data on a PC / laptop. What if the computer crashes down or gets attacked by a virus? All the data will be lost and it will be extremely difficult to restore the data. This is where cloud computing comes to your rescue.
Hard drives or pen drives may have been used to store data till now, but since they are subject to destruction in a similar way as the PC / laptop, wouldn’t it better to store the data somewhere that cannot be destroyed? This is what cloud computing is all about. Over the years, manufacturing firms have used different software applications in order to process and store data.
But, they are undergoing a major transformation now – a part of which involves the reliance upon availability of resources on demand. This dependency has helped firms to effectively utilize their resources and lower their costs. And cloud computing environment makes this possible for them! With the emergence of cloud servers, there is no reliance on traditional physical servers.
It is important to analyze the major reasons for any firm to opt for cloud computing.
Following are the benefits of having cloud-based software for manufacturing firms:
Data recovery and security – Keeping a backup of files and folders is always safe and if it is done via cloud computing, the chances of losing them is zero. Even if a computer crashes down in cloud environment, it will be able to access the data any time and also in any device as long as there is internet connection. It helps in data storage and also for keeping it safe and secure.
Access anywhere any time – One of the biggest benefits of cloud services is the flexibility to access the data from any place and at any time. Any team does not have to depend of a single device that contains the data (as was the case in pre-cloud era).
The computing device used by employees of the company just has to support the respective cloud services, once it is connected to the internet. Now, people can access the data from where they are, and avoid unnecessary delays. This goes a long way in improving productivity.
Cost-effective – Manufacturing firms no longer have to spend a lot of money in purchasing hardware for data storage or backup. Additionally, there won’t be any costs related to maintenance of servers or similar IT overheads. The firm can simply utilize the cloud services and pay on the go as per usage, which is economically more viable.
Better teamwork – Cloud services can help bring a team together. When an enterprise involves big teams and different team members, who are located in and around the city, it is not quite possible to share the data instantly. Cloud services help to solve this problem. Since cloud offers excellent storage options, any of the employees can simply upload and store any data simply by logging in from your system. It does not require LAN connection or anything.
Eco-friendly – with almost every other service needing to have the environment friendly certificate, cloud computing has not been left behind. In fact, this service is so advanced that it does not require high end cooling systems like the normal data centers. Manufacturing companies will be getting this service from a third party and that would save an enormous amount of resources for setting up a data center. They will be able to save significant amount of energy through limited electricity consumption.
Automation – Cloud helps in achieving effective production of physical goods, along with product lifecycle management. Thus, it assists companies to fulfill their objective of becoming fully automated with regards to operations and management.
Integration – Cloud offers more value to the overall industry by allowing integration of different emerging technologies like IoT, Big Data, and more. It empowers companies in this space to access, analyze, as well as share data (in large volumes).
It is high time that every firm starts opting for cloud services, especially with the advantages on offer. The hassle free services, enhanced agility, increased productivity, and lower costs make cloud a top priority for the manufacturing industry.