It was good to see a blog by Gary Mintchell revealing that the industry sector is leading the adoption of Cloud, yet so often I hear the words that “it will not happen in our company or industry for years!”.
Gary writes a great set of blogs always worth having a link to it.
Some Quotes from this blog:
“global study that indicates cloud is moving into a second wave of adoption, with companies no longer focusing just on efficiency and reduced costs, but rather looking to cloud as a platform to fuel innovation, growth and disruption.
The study finds that 53 percent of companies expect cloud to drive increased revenue over the next two years. Unfortunately, this will be challenging for many companies as only 1 percent of organizations have optimized cloud strategies in place while 32 percent have no cloud strategy at all.”
So often I have sales and people saying that cloud is driven by a change in cost model, but also in all my interviews with customers and strategic thinkers it has been a platform for addressing the “changing speed of change and flexibility needed today” that is driving it. The world is changing faster and faster, and the ability to deliver the RIGHTS:
- Right Product
- Right Price
- Right Cost
- Right Time
- Right Location
Is key and this means rolling increased new numbers of products across a distribution of value assets (plants) that will produce smaller lots (production runs), at less cost.
Understanding NOW what the state of Inventory, Work in Progress, and equipment to get to market is key.
Also we seeing the “walls of a plant” expand, beyond the manufacturing plant to now treat the whole manufacturing, and distribution supply chain as part of manufacturing. So the traditional MES (manufacturing Execution System ) is expanding, to offer the ability model the plant to store as operations, where product must be tracked to compliance, and work items distributed to workers and assets in that distribution chain.
“In the study IDC identifies five levels of cloud maturity: ad hoc, opportunistic, repeatable, managed and optimized. The study found that organizations elevating cloud maturity from the ad hoc, the lowest level to optimized, the highest, results dramatic business benefits, including:
- revenue growth of 10.4 percent
- reduction of IT costs by 77 percent
- shrinking time to provision IT services and applications by 99 percent
- boosting IT department’s ability to meet SLAs by 72 percent
- doubling IT department’s ability to invest in new projects to drive innovation.”
By industry, manufacturing has the largest percentage of companies in one of the top three adoption categories at 33 percent, followed by IT (30 percent), finance (29 percent), and healthcare (28 percent). The lowest adoption levels by industry were found to be government/education and professional services (at 22 percent each) and retail/wholesale (at 20 percent). By industry, professional services, technology, and transportation, communications, and utilities expected the greatest impact on key performance indicators (KPIs) across the board.”
The above learnings and results do not surprise me, based upon my own engagements in the field, and observing the increased realization that speed of change is important, and tradition large projects are going out the door. Replaced by rapid projects leveraging existing expertise in the industry and adding through own operational process value to differentiate.