"To compete in today's global economy, manufactures must redefine agility and reinvent strategies for growth. Operational excellence, speed, responsiveness, and the ability to anticipate the market's rapidly-changing conditions are top priorities," writes Lisa Pope, Infor CloudSuite SVP, in a CIOReview article headlined "Cloud Deployment: The global manufacturer's answer to agility requirements."
"Headlines point to positive news for manufacturing on many fronts. Advance technology and operational innovations are making manufacturing exciting again. Advances like nanotechnology, 3D printing, big data, robotics, and the Internet of Things keep manufacturers and suppliers on high alert, watching for the next big idea that is going to rock their world. The accelerated rate of change can be both invigorating and alarming, as it places operational challenges on manufacturers," Pope notes.
"Turning to cloud deployment is one of the most effective ways manufacturers can increase their agility. … More and more manufacturers are taking advantage of cloud deployment for their critical ERP solution, not just edge applications. According to a recent independent survey, 60 percent of organizations globally are using some type of software-as-a-service solution."
Pope also talks about other cloud deployment benefits:
- No need for hardware, servers, and security
- Always modern - no upgrades
- Lower total cost of ownership
- Highly flexible