I came across this statistic recently: 80% of manufacturers expect that improved factory connectivity will increase output levels.

That places a new emphasis on connectivity as a catalyst for innovation. It’s like a basic a + b = c algebraic equation, where a = improved factory connectivity, b = increased output levels, and c = increased revenue and profit. Thus:

improved factory connectivity + increased output levels = increased revenue and profit

The concept of connectivity is relatively new. This is evident in the fact that many older manufacturing ERP software solutions are standalone systems which, truth be told, impede innovation. You can’t just wave a magic wand and insert connectivity into older software. It has to be built in.

That’s an area where Microsoft Dynamics 365 stands out as a leader.

Instead of viewing efforts in manufacturing to optimize productivity and increase customer satisfaction as separate endeavors, manufacturers today realize the benefit of connecting physical and digital trends. They care about integrated digital and physical systems, improved visibility, increased efficiency, greater flexibility, and lower costs. They want to connect equipment and factories, leveraging data from the factory floor to the front office and the back office.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 enables that seismic shift.

As but one example, Dynamics 365 supports optimized supply chain operations through better visibility and collaboration. By automating the collection and analysis of data from remote installations across the supply chain, manufacturers can strengthen a competitive advantage with a faster time to market. What’s more, improved access to supply chain data is the basis for better collaboration across production, supply, service, and sales.

One of the best ways for manufacturers to pursue innovation is to understand their business more deeply, from customer usage through supply chain sourcing and production. This is made possible with IoT-enabled parts, assets, and products, enabling manufacturers to gain the key insights needed to innovate. With data from connected products and equipment, developers, engineers, and technicians are empowered to collaborate.

As but another example, teams can identify faulty components and track product usage in the field to improve future designs. By implementing remote monitoring, manufacturers can decrease time to production. And they can accelerate the cycle of innovation by using this data-driven approach.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 embraces a data-drive approach.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 eliminates the artificial divide between CRM and ERP systems. Dynamics 365 provides rich analytics and embedded intelligence. It unites the front office and the back office with a single end-to-end system. It’s built for optimization across all your processes. And it lays the foundation for connecting advanced future technologies.

As a company that implements ERP software systems for manufacturers and distributors, Strategic Systems Group (SSG) is your go-to partner for manufacturing innovation. For more information, call us at 310.539.4645 or email us at info@ssgnet.com. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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