Cloud-Centric Storage is taking over: Retail, Auto Manufacturing, and Global Manufacturing

Moving into the 21st century, cloud-centric storage is taking over various areas of industry, including: retail, auto-manufacturing, and global manufacturing.

Cloud-centric storage is not just the future, it’s here and now. In 2014, 42% of the global Internet population was using cloud-centric storage, and by 2019 that figure is expected to grow to 55% - that's about 2 billion people. According to a recent Forbes publication, cloud technology is changing how business is conducted in many industries, including: manufacturing, medical data, health care services, retail, automotive, and finance. Ultimately, moving into a cloud-based environment is very beneficial for supply chain leaders and professionals by cutting costs, decreasing lag time, and improving the overall omni-channel experience for consumers and producers alike.

Cloud-Centric Retail

Walking into a shopping mall and immediately locating the exact product needed at the best price point is the consumer dream. Through a cloud-centric retail experience, consumers can do just that. Forward thinking merchants understand that consumers have limited time, patience, and resources to shop in their stores - they want to find what they are looking for, make a quick price comparison, and move on with their shopping. With the popularity and advancements of smartphones, anyone equipped with a smartphone can try on, touch, or taste products to ensure the perfect purchase. With smartphone GPS tracking and consumer Internet profile history, the cloud-centric retailer is alerted when a valuable customer walks into their store, and the predictive product purchases he/she will make. Combine this with social media, ever-growing Twitter and Facebook, customers are presented with an easy reach to discover new products and read reviews. According to Forbes, "cloud services are essential for working across social and physical channels because the data sets are so large and fluid." As of now, no significant changes have been made to the retail world, but over the next few years consumers should expect to see a difference in their shopping experiences as retailers and businesses re-engineer their supply chain systems.

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Automobile Manufacturers are Looking to the Cloud for New Ideas

New automobile development is an ongoing collaboration among designers, engineers, supply chain experts, and production and services organizations across the globe. With cloud-based sharing, it opens windows to allow these cross-functional teams to work in tandem on new designs in real-time, sharing information and enabling innovation. According to Forbes, "The cloud also helps to eliminate information silos that used to keep auto makers bogged down with delays and errors.” By sharing more data more often, automakers end up with fewer errors in initial product design and a more efficient supply chain, both that lead directly to more profits once the vehicle model comes out. The cloud is essential for fast-moving projects where lots of engineers and designers are rotating in and out of the project. Automakers need a single, secure platform with all the knowledge built in, and one that creates insights and market intelligence once the vehicle is released." Outward looking automobile manufacturers are turning away from inward-looking and manual approaches to design and collaboration. Through a properly constructed IT department, the process of building high-quality designs reflective of customer desires is faster and more efficient enabled by a cloud-based system.

The Forbes article, “Why Auto Manufacturers Are Turning To The Cloud For Greater Innovation,” can be accessed 

Cloud Computing Platforms Grow Global Manufacturing

Manufacturing today is highly successful when ranked on speed and agility rather than size. Through the use of a cloud computing platform, manufacturers are faster, more analytical, and are undergoing a catalyst of growth. The research by Forbes shows, "The typical manufacturer relies on outside suppliers for 70% or more of the assemblies, components and parts used in their products, making supplier collaboration essential for growth. Scaling global manufacturing operations to support increasingly complex, intricate and often compliance-driven supply chains is a leading catalyst driving cloud computing adoption throughout manufacturing today." Moving into the cloud is cutting time needed for strategic sourcing, supplier qualification, supplier quality audits and during production, supply chain planning, management and optimization, as well as allowing manufacturers to re-create and design their supply chain systems efficiently and effectively across a global platform. The cloud system allows for manufacturers to scale economies cheaply and quickly, creating a more sustainable and stronger supply chain network.

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With so many different industries moving towards a cloud-based system, this is the future of business and all that goes behind supply chain operations.