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Hot off the press: Forbes has just published a piece on The State of Manufacturing Technology, a report compiled by Plex Systems, based on interviews with 130 manufacturers regarding their current and planned adoption of big data, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile technologies.

Some highlights:

  • 40% of interviewed manufacturers link cloud technologies to their ability to innovate in the next five years.
  • 90% say data security improved with the adoption of professionally managed cloud solutions.
  • 81% say that having a scalable, secure cloud platform improved mobile access to data across the enterprise.
  • 74% have better process integration with external stakeholders as a result of adopting cloud applications.
  • 31% are currently evaluating big data needs and opportunities for the coming year.
  • 35% say data analysis is the most important skill set for the next generation of employees, above historically vital skills such as mechanical engineering.
  • More than 50% of manufacturing cloud transactions is machine to machine.
  • Scanners (90%), consumer mobile devices (80%), IP-enabled tools and machines (55%), sensors (48%) and low-power Bluetooth devices (25%) are the most connected devices in manufacturing operations today.
  • Using cloud-based quality management applications to ensure IP-enabled tools and machines stay in compliance is an emerging area the study found manufacturers interested in. Torque, tolerance and tool parameters can be accessed from the cloud and machines calibrated faster, improving accuracy, quality and production efficiency.
  • 64% of respondents provide Apple phones or tablets to employees and 45% equip employees with Android devices.

According to Forbes, 89% of manufacturers who responded to the survey “are global and growing, reporting rising revenue over the past five years.” Read more about the report and its respondents here.

About Tony Johnson

Innovative helps you balance your business requirements, service levels, staff and infrastructure to make your IT as effective as possible. Tony Johnson is Vice President of Operations at Innovative and has been helping clients optimize their IT spend and operations since 1983.

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