If you are an emerging manufacturer in an industry such as micro/LEO satellites, industrial drones, or are building other hi-tech products that support other high growth industries, it just makes a lot of sense to consider what Cloud options exist for all of your business software needs.
The proliferation of IIoT devices has changed the manufacturing landscape and is now challenging the manufacturing operations model. Will your manufacturing applications be able to support this new model or are they built assuming that the CIM pyramid will stand as long as the real ones have?
The last several months have resulted in several major industrial cybersecurity (ICS) incidents, primarily ransomware attacks. Manufacturers putting a robust cybersecurity program in place will limit potential exposure to a ransomware attack.
Your MES architecture must be Cloud capable, support devices such as AR/VR headsets, handheld displays, and be able to operate in the Cloud, on the plant floor in dedicated services, and offload some of its computational load to edge devices.
In the digital age for manufacturers, there's a greater reliance on APIs, the Industrial Internet of Things, and open-source applications which has created new opportunities for manufacturers to invest (or reinvest) in technology to improve access to data.