Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing – ERP Software Blog

The suite of software solutions and digital services available to manufacturers is getting stronger, more diverse, and more diverse — and smarter all the time, thanks to ongoing advances in analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

And of course, the cloud is an important part of the Industry 4.0 revolution. Case in point: In 2021 we broke the news that Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing is in development, expected to be available for public preview by the end of the year.

Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing comes as one of Microsoft’s new cloud-based offerings for the industry, such as its sibling offerings Cloud for Financial Services and Cloud for Nonprofit, which joins previously announced Cloud for Healthcare and Cloud for Retail. Other sectors are expected to be on the way in the future.

These new industry clouds build on the full suite of offerings from the Microsoft family of products, along with partner solutions as well as new capabilities, to create a package geared to meet the specific needs, challenges and opportunities of each industry.

In particular, Industry Clouds takes advantage of powerful tools and features in Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Microsoft Teams, and Power Platform, among other products and services.

To be clear, Microsoft note That Microsoft Industry Clouds are not separate instances of Azure and are not logically or physically isolated. Instead, “Microsoft Industrial Clouds extend existing cloud services to provide industry-specific value with integrated, reliable capabilities.”

What is inside Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing?

Like its siblings, the Microsoft Manufacturing Cloud together leverages a broad range of products and services from Microsoft and its partners—creating a vertically focused solution to manufacturers’ needs. Here’s a look at its ingredients:

  1. Workforce Empowerment and Transformation
    Smart factories depend on smart and empowered employees. Improving employee skills and closing skill gaps to keep pace with the rapidly changing landscape is critical. Fortunately, the same landscape-altering technology can be used to help workers navigate it.

    Keeping frontline workers and office workers connected is a key piece of the puzzle. Microsoft Teams Offers effective and integrated communication and collaboration tools; flexible shift scheduling tools; Smooth task management.

    Training is another essential part, and Microsoft Viva Learning It tackles this challenge not only by bringing together a wealth of content from well-known partners across the education ecosystem (such as Coursera, Skillsoft, LinkedIn Learning, Udacity and many more) – but also by integrating learning into the natural rhythm and flow of the workday, incorporating it into the Platforms that employees actually use.

  2. Safe and agile factories
    Better operational visibility is one of the greatest benefits Industry 4.0 can offer – providing the ability to continuously monitor and analyze operations to quickly predict, detect and resolve problems through predictive maintenance. The numerous rewards include increased safety, improved asset performance, and reduced operational costs. Data from connected devices enables both processes and products to be improved. Whether you are starting from unclassified areas or green areas, Azure Industrial IoT It provides tools to help realize these promises by modernizing systems and maximizing interoperability.

    Of course, security should be our top priority as digital transformation progresses, and this is where Microsoft Defender for IoT Comes in. It provides comprehensive security including unified threat protection for IoT and OT (Operational Technology) devices, as well as proxy-free vulnerability management and network detection and response (NDR). IoT/OT-aware behavioral analytics makes it possible to monitor abnormal or unauthorized activity, instantly detecting unauthorized remote access or compromised devices.

    at the same time, Azure IoT Hub Improves asset throughput and OEE (Total Equipment Efficiency) by enabling secure, cloud-based bi-directional communication between billions of IoT devices. Effectively and reliably monitor and manage devices making sure every device is authenticated and up to date.

    Autonomous systems It is one of the most exciting frontiers in Industry 4.0 technology. Drawing on the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning, autonomous systems go a step further than automated systems. As AI-powered systems work together, they gain the ability to sense and adapt to small changes in manufacturing environments and processes on the go – improving quality, increasing productivity and even driving innovation. Autonomous systems powered by Microsoft AI are deployed in all sorts of interesting ways – including Quest for the perfect Cheetos.

  3. Flexible supply chains
    Dealing with supply chain disruptions, as well as an unexpected rise in consumer demand, has been a major concern for manufacturers throughout the pandemic. Supply Chain Management in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Help you overcome those challenges by providing real-time visibility into your supply chain from production line to warehouse and beyond, including moving products and materials.

    Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management provides tools for planning and optimization, so you can anticipate disruptions and take proactive steps to address them. It also allows you to accelerate time to market by responding faster to resolve product quality issues, and increase uptime and lifecycle of your equipment and assets with predictive maintenance.

    And Dynamics 365 Supply Chain InsightsNow in preview, it raises the bar by drawing on the power of artificial intelligence to enable better decision-making with guiding insights. It facilitates improved collaboration with suppliers, partners and team members to help identify risks early and put solutions in place. You can also create a digital twin of your supply chain for a what-if simulation, allowing you to visualize contingency plans for a wide range of scenarios.

  4. digital innovation
    Speaking of digital twins: In addition to creating a virtual representation of your supply chain with Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Insights, Cloud for Manufacturing gives you access to the full power of Azure digital twins. Create digital representations of all kinds of things, places, processes, and people in the real world. You can comprehensively model a seemingly endless array of physical environments, including buildings, factories, farms, power grids, railroads, stadiums – even entire cities.

    When your digital twin is created, Azure lets you connect input from your IoT devices and assets, and share data via Azure IoT Hub or other systems to provide you with actionable insights from your entire environment.

  5. Customer Engagement
    Better customer outcomes drive growth and transformation. So Cloud for Manufacturing makes customer satisfaction and engagement an essential part of its offering.

    Dynamics 365 Field Service Brings data insights and connected experiences together to help you make the leap from interactive to predictive service. By relying on Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and other mixed reality tools, as well as mobile knowledge base resources, field technicians can have expert support to help them resolve cases faster and with better results. Improve your service operations with AI-enabled scheduling recommendations that help ensure the right technician is dispatched at the right time. IoT sensors help you reduce service calls via predictive maintenance — and when service calls are essential, self-scheduling options provide a convenient level of customer convenience.

    at the same time, Dynamic 365 Sales Help you accelerate both sales and revenue by providing more accurate customer insights and enabling more effective communication between buyers and sellers. Dynamics 365’s powered by AI Sales Accelerator Helps sellers prioritize their customer lists to identify the best leads to get to the next, while providing key sales information and customer context to enable smarter selling.

Eye on the Future: Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability

In addition to their own customizations, all industry clouds (including the cloud for manufacturing) are compatible with the new Microsoft The Cloud for Sustainabilityand is now available for viewing. Cloud for Sustainability is designed to help companies accelerate their sustainability journey as they record, report, and reduce their organization’s environmental impact through automated data communications and actionable insights.

Sustainability goes hand in hand with efficiency, agility and flexibility. Sustainable operations are more resilient to the future – better prepared to withstand the shocks and disruptions that lie ahead. The goals of sustainability and rapid industrialization often align naturally – as in the case of Lean Manufacturing Operations Which reduces the waste of materials and resources.

According to Kees Hertogh, general manager of global industrial product marketing at Microsoft, speaking with technology record, Microsoft created Cloud for Sustainability as a standalone platform because it “is connected to all industries, and the data coming from them provides unique insights for each industry. Sustainability is at the fore in every industry, and it will require all of us as a global group of organizations to come together to achieve the necessary goals.”

“Most companies can only see a very small portion of their emissions data because they are isolated and live in different places,” adds Hertog. “Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability acts as a data aggregation connector, providing accurate carbon accounting that organizations can use to measure their carbon goals.”

As Record Technology reports, Microsoft is collaborating with major manufacturers to produce “Outstanding Sustainability Results– Designated as ‘Lighthouse’ manufacturers by the World Economic Forum. For example, WEF Lighthouse Schneider Electric has reduced up to 78% of carbon emissions using Industry 4.0 and Microsoft Azure technologies.

Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson, which built the WEF Lighthouse plants, recently achieved its first carbon-neutral facility — while simultaneously increasing overall equipment efficiencies by 14 percent using robotic applications, and reducing the cost of merchandise by 20% through the use of twins. Digital product development to simplify the supply chain. This is a great example of the synergy between efficiency and sustainability.

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