Manufacturers focus on producing high quality products in the most cost effective way until they reach the hands of the consumers – there can be no rest in the pursuit of operational excellence. In the discrete industries, the product requirements can change overnight, demand can shift rapidly, new product designs and engineering changes are ongoing, and cost pressures drive optimization of every operation. These companies also rely on global, dynamic, and highly fragmented supply chains. Optimizing the entire value chain means: get the right goods where they’re supposed to go, as quickly as possible, and at the right price. Information Technology provides solutions that give management global visibility into their business and the ability to manage complex and ever-changing partner relationships with a keen eye on the bottom line.
Microsoft solutions can help manufacturers and suppliers manage, measure, and improve the business processes – internally and across their increasing complex value chain. Along with its Partner ecosystem, Microsoft provides the tools for line of business and technology executives to optimize processes, reduce costs and streamline operations as well as to improve supply chain visibility, collaborate efficiently and create insights via big data analytics.