With a myriad of supply chain issues, rising inflation, and a labor market that is undergoing a generational transition, manufacturers continue to face unprecedented disruption, only compounded by the continued ripples of COVID-19. In addition to this, rising energy costs are testing the resilience of energy-intensive manufacturers in Europe and Japan, with some shutting down production lines, and in some cases, entire factories.
Many manufacturers have been on a multi-year transformation journey to a sustainable and responsible operation, which has already yielded energy savings and carbon reduction. To adapt to the current environment, they are looking to their existing technology investments to identify areas where they can quickly optimize costs while maintaining production levels and sustainability commitments.
As a technology provider to the industry and digital transformation partner to manufacturers across the world, we are committed to supporting the industry navigate this disruption by helping make the most of the manufacturer’s operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) stack to enable faster decisions, empower employees, and optimize costs.
Mainly, we see 3 areas where our capabilities can quickly support manufacturers in this mission:
- Quickly onboard employees and help them build skills with effective and easy-to-use communication tools, custom role-based learning paths, and mixed reality capabilities.
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, manufacturers can accelerate time to market, optimize inventory allocation, improve cost management, increase machine utilization, and reduce downtime. In a study by Forrester Consulting,2 manufacturers leveraging Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management improved operational efficiency from 2 percent to 3 percent by reducing unplanned machine downtime.
- Many business applications are still in on-premises environments requiring a heavy focus on your IT department and incurring direct energy consumption costs.
I understands the challenges industry is facing and is already helping hundreds of customers navigate these industry disruptions to make the most of their current technology investments.