According to an article from The Balance, “Manufacturing is an essential component of gross domestic product. In 2016, it was $2.25 trillion. That drove 11.7% of U.S. economic output. Manufactured goods comprise half of U.S. exports.” Not to mention, the U.S. manufacturing industry is the largest in the world producing 18.2% of the world’s goods. With that being said, and with the constant evolution of today’s technology-driven world, having a solid IT strategy in place is the only way to keep your manufacturing business competitive in today’s market.
Manufacturing is the process of adding value to raw materials by turning them into usable products, however there are various steps from start to finish including: research, design, development, production, and quality assurance. In one way or another, each of these steps require reliable network access, cybersecurity, and streamlined processes.
Decrease Downtime, Increase Production
There are constantly new technologies emerging within the manufacturing industry, and it’s necessary to ensure that your network and all the important software your employees utilize to do their job stay up and running. Any instances of network downtime can be money lost for your company. Implementing an IT strategy will guarantee that your network stays online through close monitoring, and if for some reason there is an issue, you can be alerted immediately to identify and rectify the issues.
Streamline Your Processes for Maximum Productivity
Manufacturing tends to include a lot of routine and repetition of processes. There’s no reason to waste time having your employees manually repeat these tasks over and over again. After all, time is money. Common processes and tasks can be automated to free up time and reduce any repetitive errors. More time = more production = more business.
Keep Security A Priority
Some manufacturing companies outsource different areas of the production process in order to cut costs and increase internal flexibility. However, involving third-parties and external stakeholders can leave you vulnerable. That’s why it’s important to have a plan for managing account access, logging occurrences, and overall – making sure that important information is not being compromised.
Accommodate Growth & New Technologies
If your business is still using analog processes within your manufacturing business, you could be stunting the possibility of growth within your company. New and updated technologies are created to complete tasks more easily and efficiently. Whether your business manufactures food, textiles, furniture, or machinery – using outdated technologies will only set you back and give your competition the upper hand.
Manage Everything Centrally
The supply chain and number of users in a network of a manufacturing business can be gigantic. That’s why it’s important to be able to manage endpoint devices and user accounts from a central location. This way, you can complete bulk tasks across the organization or specific departments as needed, control who can access what, and keep thorough records of user activity.
Here at Sierra Experts, we are well-versed in assisting manufacturing businesses with implementing a solid IT strategy, so they can thrive. Whether you have an in-house team or no internal technical support at all, we can help. We can assist with Managed Services and Monitoring, Custom Software Development, Hosting, or any other IT solution you’re considering. Start with our free consultation, so we can discuss your organization’s unique needs and begin putting an IT strategy in place.
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