Discrete Manufacturing

Automotive & Electronics Industries

These are exciting times for Discrete Manufacturers in the Automotive, High Tech & Electronics, Industrial and Aerospace Industries. Massive shifts impact existing business models, supported by key emerging technologies in what is becoming an increasingly connected world.

With the power shift to consumers through increased connectivity and access to information, consumers and their online communities influence the rapid adoption and success rate of new products and services. Globalization and the growth in emerging markets continue to open up new opportunities. The change in demographics such as the aging workforce and the need to attract Millennials is presenting new challenges to manufacturers, both in terms of capturing knowledge and providing an exciting work environment. Finally, sustainability efforts and complex regulations are continuing to be top of mind issues for manufacturers.

Microsoft and its partners support discrete manufacturers’ strategic business imperatives to innovate, perform and grow in a competitive environment: Continuous innovation and accelerating time to market for profitable new products both help drive the long term success of manufacturers. Given the tough economic landscape, reducing costs, driving operational excellence, increasing revenues and growing the business are critical success factors.

Microsoft provides the breadth of innovative technologies, solutions and capabilities required by manufacturers to transform their business and differentiate from their competition.

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  • Perform
  • Grow
  • Discrete Manufacturers can manage a pipeline of ideas, align them with strategic priorities and bring new and innovative products to market rapidly and effectively, increasing competitiveness and customer value. However, the pressures of a fast moving, global consumer oriented market are forcing shorter product lifecycles, and demands for smarter, connected products is increasing design complexity. Manufacturers require solutions that help them identify the best ideas, define new products and services, drive process excellence, and reshape business models in a dynamic, fast paced, highly distributed and mobile environment.
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  • 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.
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  • Facing razor thin margins, often short product lifecycles, and a rapidly changing competitive landscape, manufacturers need to have deep and accurate insight into customer demand. Complicated through customer channels lying in the hands of dealers and retailers, manufacturers need to build collaborative ways to engage their end customers throughout the sales and ownership lifecycle.
    To achieve this, manufacturers’ sales and marketing organizations need to collaborate with an array of stakeholders, operating in unstructured environments often inefficient through the lack of enterprise applications managing the business workflow. 
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