Fun fact: Nokia was founded in 1865 as a pulp mill. Today, the company has a hand in everything from telecom and mobile to the Internet of Things, digital health services, and more.
Since the earliest times, manufacturers have always sought out the latest advances in techniques and systems to help them control costs and produce their products more quickly so they can get ahead in their markets. The manufacturing industry is often the first to adopt new technologies, both adapting ideas born in other industries, and creating visionary hardware and software to address gaps in efficiency.
It’s no surprise that the near constant arrival of new technologies, software, and applications during the last two decades has resulted in regular changes to manufacturing operations. The manufacturing industry has consistently shown itself to be forward-thinking and adaptable, as each new round of technology has been consistently used to spur industry growth, from smarter analytics and better communication to ironing out supply chain issues.
Since the foundation for I.T. in manufacturing has always been a desire to control costs and efficiency at every stage of the product journey (from design to manufacturing to warehousing), it makes perfect sense that manufacturing facilities would continually be on the cutting edge of technology, both in how they use data analytics, as well as their adoption of cloud computing. It is also no surprise that manufacturers have used digital transformation to reduce waste, enhance communication, and stabilize workflows.
Of course, the manufacturers leading the way in their markets are those with a strong I.T. infrastructure supporting their organization.
This technology foundation can include reliable networks and servers to manage data and business operations, cloud platforms that allow for agile responses to changing market conditions, and solid backup and disaster recovery systems to supply peace of mind.
Since manufacturers handle a lot of transactions that include many moving parts, I.T. security is a big concern. You need to be assured that the financial information your customers and supply chain have trusted you with is safe, whether it is simply being stored in records on your servers, or is being shared and transferred between locations where you operate.
Matters of security affect not only your networks, servers, and cloud systems, but also data that is handled on the go. An increasing (and still growing) proportion of business operations are taking place on mobile devices, and it is imperative that your networks be impenetrable, assuring peace of mind as well as limiting interruptions and slowdowns to your work.
On top of those types of ongoing business operations considerations, you must plan for the future. Leading manufacturers are using I.T. partnerships to plan for, as well as begin to feature, cutting-edge technology that helps them stand out amongst the competition. Incorporating IoT (Internet of Things) technology into warehouse and line operations, and smarter data analytics to continue to increase efficiency are just two examples of how new technology is being used to change the industry.
JMARK Business Solutions are an impressive team which delivers on their promises and are standout performers in the managed I.T. support provider sector.
James, manufacturing client in Missouri
“The first Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electronic power to create mass production. The Third uses electronics and information technology to automate production.” – Klaus Schwab, Engineer and Economist
In a time when technology plays a part in every aspect of the work you do, from communication to operations to charting the past and planning for the future, it is critical to ensure that your I.T. is up to the challenge.
While it seems obvious that an unreliable network can slow down the pace of the office work you are doing, bottlenecked connections and aging servers can also frustrate work on the operations floor, where up-to-the-minute inventory and order information is vital to maintaining a cost-effective pace. Meanwhile, the sheer amount of data you need to collect and analyze about your processes means that rock solid backup and disaster recovery plans are absolutely vital.
Of course, the speed at which technology changes can cause small and mid-sized manufacturers to struggle in keeping their I.T. infrastructure up to date. It is an ongoing challenge to make the best decision regarding how to budget for investments in your information technology. It can seem cost prohibitive to keep your infrastructure up to date while also trying to plan for unexpected breakages and irregular market patterns that are dependent on economic factors that feel outside of your control. When you’re simply trying to maintain in the present, it can feel impossible to find a way to plan out the future.
This is where managed I.T. services can be helpful. Since managed services are planned out and billed monthly, rather than as needed, they are entirely predictable. Not only will this level out your monthly expenditure by spreading it throughout the year, it will also give you the chance to plan future spending, making it easier to decide how and when to upgrade equipment and invest in new services to help your organization grow. Full-service I.T. providers can also supply vCIO (Virtual Chief Information Officer) services to help you study, plan, and implement controlled technology growth throughout your business.
Managed services also give you access to higher tier talent than you may be able to otherwise get. An I.T. company has the freedom to hire experts with deep knowledge in specific areas rather than focusing on technicians with a wide but perhaps shallow knowledge base. Likewise, your MSP will almost certainly be able to provide you with access to better hardware and enterprise software for a lower price than you could get on your own.
The bottom line is that whether you need the full package of managed services, or are simply looking to augment what your in-house crew is capable of, you need an I.T. provider whose services and support can be customized to meet the specific needs of your business, a provider whose mission is to help you surround yourself with the software, hardware, processes, and solutions that will serve to enhance your efforts and simplify your path to success—and thoughtful human support to go along with all that tech.
For three decades, JMARK has been providing innovative I.T. solutions to some of the biggest names in manufacturing. With all that experience comes extensive expertise. Our lineup includes experts not only in every facet of Information Technology, but also in the application of I.T. solutions to the very specific needs of manufacturers. In fact, we have a dedicated team that focuses on our clients in that sector. We understand the challenges that manufacturers face in the modern era and know how to maintain continuity in the midst of the continual changes that occur in technology, regulations, and expectations—and we work diligently to bring that expertise to you.
We’ve made it our paramount priority to help you make the most of technology. To that end, we have assembled a roster of the best, most experienced engineers and technicians in the industry. With our team of specialists managing your technology—and your technology enhancing your operations—you’ll ultimately be able to deploy more resources toward serving your customers and growing your business.
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Most importantly, at JMARK we put people before technology. Everything we do, every service we offer, is a reflection of our People First, Technology Second philosophy. Because while we love technology, we also understand that I.T. is only useful inasmuch as it serves to empower people and enhance the work they do; work that, in turn, should facilitate growth, spur innovation, increase opportunity, and open up new paths to success.