Cloud-Based MES Software

Cloud MES is a Manufacturing Execution System delivered through a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) via public, private, or hybrid clouds.


MES vendors, like iBase-t provide the software application, while the cloud vendor maintains the hardware, infrastructure, and internet access.

Cloud MES software removes the burden of physical infrastructure and extended IT staff. Instead, technology is offloaded to the cloud, making it affordable and practical for most manufacturers.

Cloud-based MES is changing the playing field for manufacturers because it lowers the cost and risk of entry. This means that even smaller and emerging manufacturers can now afford to use world-class MES solutions.

The Cloud MES market is forecasted to reach $2.34 billion by 2026. (IOT Analytics)

Manufacturers aren’t choosing cloud MES just because the technology is practical. The cost-savings, operational improvements, and overall agility of cloud MES can’t be matched by paper systems or old technologies.

Are You Ready to Join the Cloud Ecosystem?

There’s a growing industrial ecosystem in the cloud, where manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and others can share resources to create what are essentially virtual organizations capable of changing dynamically on the fly.

As you advance up the pyramid of digital transformation, the cloud plays a critical role in providing visibility across your enterprise.

Leverage the Cloud with Confidence

The potential benefits are great, but there are key factors and business philosophies that every executive should know as they lead a cloud deployment. This eBook discusses some of the most important factors and provides insights into how iBase-t approaches them.

What’s the Difference Between Cloud-Based Mes and Cloud-Native Mes?

Not all cloud-based solutions are equal and it’s important to understand the difference. Cloud-based is a general term that applies to any application that’s available over the cloud on a subscription basis.

Why does it matter? Because some applications available on the cloud are simply legacy applications that have been migrated over. They offer the advantages of a subscription, but not much more.

Cloud-native applications, on the other hand, are designed from the ground up to take full advantage of the cloud and modern technologies. They are future-ready by design. Based on microservices technology, a cloud-native architecture offers many benefits over traditional, monolithic applications, including improved scalability, reliability, and maintainability.

Microservices and Cloud-Native Architecture

A core feature of cloud-native applications is a microservices architecture. In this architecture, applications are built as modular services that can be deployed independently. This makes it easier for MES vendors to update applications, and it enables manufacturers to plan and deploy their applications in a modular and targeted way.


What Are The Benefits Of Using Cloud-Based MES?

Faster Deployment

Cloud solutions deploy quickly, resulting in cost savings and faster time to value compared to an on-premises counterpart.


Cloud solutions can be scaled quickly since they require no infrastructure investment.

Low Risk

Without having to make major investments in hardware and software, manufacturers can deploy in careful stages over the cloud, eliminating most of the risk.

Convert CapEx to OpEx Spending

Subscribing to a SaaS solution frees up much-needed capital that manufacturers can use for R&D, production capacity, and other essential activities.


Lower resource demands free up IT teams and requires much less oversight after deployment. Upgrades are streamlined and automatic.


Cloud solutions make it possible for users to authenticate and securely access MES software from anywhere with an internet connection.

Model-Based Enterprise

Cloud MES is a key prerequisite for a Model-Based Enterprise strategy. MBE unlocks the value of engineering models to automate downstream processes, improve efficiency, lower costs, and increase quality. It has the potential to help them become more competitive and responsive to market opportunities today and more resilient in the face of disruptions in the future.


Deploying a SaaS-based MES Solution

SaaS-Based MES solutions are delivered over the cloud by subscription, so deploying to new users or plants is relatively easy. It removes most of the risk as well as initial costs of most deployments. By leveraging the cloud, you can pick and choose the applications and functions as needed.

Deploy the Solution Quickly

With this subscription, a deployment or upgrade may be as simple as “flipping a switch.”

Deploy in Stages and Fund as You Go

Deploy to a single line, department, or plant, and then roll out further deployments when you’re confident of success.

What About Cloud MES Security?

Major cloud service providers such as Microsoft and Amazon provide a high level of security—often higher than most manufacturers could achieve on their own. Some cloud providers even offer DoD IL5 security as an option.

Solumina MES is deployed on an AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), which keeps all resources labeled and privately within that network.

There is a dedicated virtual channel from the iBase-t corporate ISP to AWS VPC that hosts Solumina instances. As a result, all information stays under customer control.

Remember, cybersecurity depends on the manufacturer following best practices, not just on the software or the internet. Establish and enforce strong security measures so that only approved personnel have access to your systems.

Cloud MES or On-premise?

While cloud MES offers many advantages, some manufacturers may still choose an on-premise solution for reasons of security, control, regulatory compliance, or internet availability. Or organizations land in the middle. Hybrid deployments use elements to let manufacturers maintain their own infrastructure while also using cloud technology. There’s no one right answer but here are a few considerations.

Scalability and Flexibility

On-premise applications can’t equal the cloud when it comes to scaling and agility. This may be one of the strongest arguments for cloud MES.

You can read a more in-depth discussion of cloud vs. on-premise.


Cloud MES is accessible to everyone with an internet connection. That includes most people, but not all. For businesses in remote or rural areas with limited or unreliable internet connectivity, on-premise computing might be the only practical option.

Technical Debt

Technical debt is the long-term cost of technology, which can be in the form of ongoing maintenance and upgrades, but also the burden of aging technology. Cloud MES ensures that you won’t be stuck with old technology.

Up-front Costs

The decision of cloud or on-premise might be a financial one. On-premise solutions require substantial capital to fund hardware, software, and supporting staff, while cloud MES is available simply by subscribing to the solution of your choice.


For an enterprise with strong cybersecurity teams, on-premise systems can be the most secure choice. However, a cloud-based MES solution can offer greater security than many manufacturers would be able to provide themselves.

Data Storage

Consider the amount of data you’ll be storing. A fully digitized manufacturing plant produces vast amounts of data, much of which you’ll need to store and access. Make sure you have a handle on data storage demands before you commit to a fully on-premise solution.

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