The manufacturing industry is in a time of significant change. Change from today’s connectivity. Change in demographics and globalization.
Technology is one of the greatest forces changing how business gets done. With today’s pervasive connectivity and widespread access to information, customer expectations are rising and enterprises need to become more responsive in order to remain competitive.
Over the past year on this blog, my team and I have talked a lot about the exciting opportunities today’s technology innovations are creating in the manufacturing world—the opportunities for manufacturers to improve operations, to reinvent productivity, to more quickly bring products to market, and even to completely transform business models. One of the best examples of a leader in this business transformation is Delphi Automotive.
Excitement was strong last month (and still continues!) for the launch of Office 2016, our new solution to help organizations reinvent productivity and business processes. Office 2016 changes the nature of work, making collaboration and teamwork easier than ever before. This is a key imperative for today’s digital manufacturers, who are realizing they need to enhance the workplace as they face changing demographics, a new millennial workforce, and varying ways of work. Manufacturers need to enable their people to work where they want—in the office, on the go, and at home.
This summer we took to the stage to share Microsoft’s vision for the intelligent cloud, unveiling Cortana Analytics and demonstrating the power of big data, advanced analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) in a cloud-connected rocket car. This is an exciting week in our continued journey to accelerate digital business transformation in manufacturing with the availability of the Cortana Analytics Suite and a number of additional intelligent cloud services that provide deeper capabilities for manufacturers to transform their business with the intelligent cloud.