Manufacturing create technology requirements that stands apart
In a world where so many business drivers are virtual, the tangible requirements of manufacturing create technology requirements that stand apart. Industrial facilities need to keep the lines rolling in an environment where even minor disruptions can have a cascading impact on production and distribution operations. Meanwhile, IT leadership must look for every opportunity to squeeze out additional efficiencies, improve security, and leverage new technologies.
Some of the key trends driving manufacturing IT are:
- Increasing integration of industrial control systems with the IT infrastructure is improving quality control and reducing unscheduled downtime.
- Analytics around manufacturing data and business intelligence is enabling organizations to find bottlenecks and optimize processes.
- The growing role of robotics, 3D printing, and other automation is providing new opportunities for innovation.
- A fully connected global supply chain is reducing costs and improving efficiency.
- Industrial IoT sensor and communication devices that enable real-time monitoring are improving production, scheduling, inventory control, tracking, and compliance.
- Consolidation through mergers and acquisitions is creating the need for more substantial, more comprehensive IT infrastructure.
Manufacturing organizations can achieve a significant competitive advantage through information technology investments, but there are often substantial barriers to modernizing and maintaining the industrial application infrastructure.
Some of the most significant hurdles manufacturing CIOs face include:
- The need to support real-time interfaces with diverse vendor, supply chain partner and customer-facing systems.
- Legacy software from multiple sources that meets highly specific needs and is difficult to migrate to modern architectures.
- Multiple layers of application and data dependencies which are difficult to trace and can have profound operational impacts if broken.
- A requirement to monitor, control and audit all application and infrastructure changes for safety and other compliance needs.
- Connectivity with industrial control systems, some of which are decades old and pre-date the Internet.
- Cybersecurity threat targets that range from connected devices to competition sensitive intellectual property.
Crosscode understands manufacturing IT. Our Crosscode Panoptics software brings you the depth and insights you need to deliver the reliability, innovation, safety, and security that the manufacturing environment demands:
- Know and understand all of your applications wherever they reside, from legacy code on mainframes to cloud-based distributed architectures.
- Understand your application data dependencies across the entire infrastructure
- Impact assessment to plan for and execute new development and upgrades faster and with less risk
- Automated governance to control application and database changes
- Audit trail capabilities to trace every change to your system