As technology advances, embracing innovation plays a vital role in the success of manufacturing businesses. Outdated technology often relies on manual processes, leading to errors, delays, and hours of repetitive work for your team. Adopting modern technology solutions can streamline operations, enhance efficiency, and achieve greater scalability for your business. Below discusses three technology innovations that you can leverage to improve your manufacturing business and drive growth: 

1. Hardware Reliability

One area of innovation that can greatly enhance your manufacturing business is investing in hardware improvements throughout your environment. Outdated equipment, inefficient processes, and unreliable network infrastructure can significantly impact productivity, quality control, and overall operational efficiency. For example, by investing in a robust wireless network infrastructure, you can ensure seamless communication and data transfer across your manufacturing operations. This allows for real-time monitoring, faster decision-making, and improved collaboration between different teams. Additionally, a robust network infrastructure will support scalability by providing the necessary connectivity for expanding operations, integrating new technologies, and accommodating business growth. 

 2. Leveraging your ERP System and Automation  

Another key area of innovation for your manufacturing business is leveraging your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and its automation capabilities. Advanced ERP systems, such as Sage Intacct, can automate financial and accounting processes, such as invoicing, accounts payable, and financial reporting. For manufacturing, this means that financial transactions related to procurement, inventory management, and sales can be seamlessly integrated and automatically recorded in the system. Sage Distribution and Manufacturing Operations (SDMO) is a new product that provides exceptional distribution and manufacturing operational capabilities for product centric businesses that are looking to simplify and shorten cycle times, build supply chain resiliency, and beat budgets with efficiencies to mitigate risks. By leveraging these capabilities, your organization can save hours of time and focus on core operations, ultimately driving efficiency, productivity, and growth. Advanced reporting can provide the business real-time analytics of their manufacturing process and help identify areas requiring optimization. 

3. Flexible and Scalable Cloud Solutions 

In today’s digital era, leveraging the scalability of the cloud is an essential innovation strategy for manufacturing businesses. Migrating to a flexible cloud solution will improve your manufacturing processes by providing always-on visibility and control across your entire supply chain. The cloud enables 24/7 real-time data access, remote monitoring of production lines, and seamless integration with other systems.  

The right cloud solution and provider will simplify business operations by interconnecting all manufacturing locations.  As a result, employees from various sites can easily share information, collaborate on projects, and access critical data. This allows manufacturers to standardize operations across platforms and eliminate the need to independently manage various locations, enhancing overall efficiency and communication. 

Furthermore, the cloud can enhance your organization’s security. Storing critical data and sensitive information in a secure cloud environment allows you to safeguard against data loss, theft, or system failures. By leveraging these tools, you can take away the liability and risk associated with on-premise infrastructure and grow your business at your desired pace.   

The CompuData Difference: Innovative IT Solutions for Manufacturing  

CompuData’s strategic and proactive IT approach provides manufacturers with the reliability needed to keep their businesses running smoothly. We understand how imperative it is that your workstations are up and running at all times in order to meet demand, maximize productivity and increase profitability. Our 24/7 help desk operations offer around-the-clock support, ensuring that your business runs efficiently at all times. With two decades of experience in manufacturing and distribution, we understand the unique operational needs of the manufacturing industry and can provide you with a roadmap for growth and innovation. 

At CompuData, we have a proven track record of delivering successful IT solutions to our manufacturing clients. We work closely with organizations to assess their specific requirements, identify areas for improvement, and design tailored IT strategies that align with their objectives. By leveraging our deep industry knowledge and expertise, we can guide you through the complex landscape of technology solutions and help you achieve your manufacturing business goals.  

To learn more about how CompuData can help improve your manufacturing operations and drive growth, email us! 

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Author: Drew Rosado

Drew Rosado is CBIZ CompuData’s Virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO). Drew brings ten years of IT experience and extensive knowledge in the startup, development, and growth of various non-profits and small businesses. His background as a Technology Director/CIO gives Drew a unique perspective to provide IT strategy and planning to help companies excel. At CBIZ CompuData, Drew works closely with clients to support their growth initiatives by matching their business goals with a holistic technology solution.