Cloud Computing in Manufacturing will Push the Supply Chain Industry to Get Onboard

In the recent Forbes article: 10 Ways Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing Manufacturing , Louis Columbus comments on the way manufacturers are changing their business to meet customers’ expectations. If we consider the manufacturing industry to be a significant piece of the supply chain, then it’s time we in the supply chain and logistics industry get on board with cloud-based computing, too.

Manufacturers are using quality management dashboards and workflows to more effectively manage their businesses, including vendors. Supply chain partners are expected to be able to integrate and add value to this overall process. When working with a manufacturing client already using a dynamic ERP system, cloud computing is the easiest way to be part of the solution to a litany of problems.

Supply Vision helps logistics providers meet ever-expanding cloud-computing needs and add value to their customer’s process. With the ability to integrate with any ERP system, growing companies are looking for the right cloud-based TMS and EDI vendor to help them meet their customers’ needs.

Most manufacturers use at least one major ERP system to manage their business, though Columbus notes that the two-tier ERP strategy is gaining some traction in reducing logistics costs. The scaled down ERPs are generally cloud-based and the supply chain vendors these manufactures work with will need to be adept at meeting the needs of this new breed of ERP.

It’s great to read the evidence Columbus points to in this article – that the manufacturing industry is driving the need for cloud-computing. I’m confident this will push the supply chain in the same direction – since we in the supply chain market are in the business of meeting the needs of our manufacturers and their clients.

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