The manufacturing industry has been a step ahead of other sectors when it comes to cloud adoption, according to Wipro FullStride Cloud research, and through our industry-specific insights and business strategies, we’re helping manufacturing enterprises transform their businesses with AWS. As an AWS manufacturing partner, we’ve expanded our industry expertise by achieving the Manufacturing and Industrial Competency, positioning our organization as a leading provider of cloud modernizations that drive agility and innovation.
“Wipro is proud to achieve the AWS Manufacturing and Industrial Competency,” says Ashish Saxena, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Hi-Tech. “Wipro continually invests in cloud capabilities to capitalize on the power of cloud transformation in serving our clients. We are partnering with many top manufacturing and high-tech firms to deliver digital transformation. Our teams are dedicated to helping companies achieve their business transformation goals by leveraging the agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS provides. We are engaged with top enterprises to enable them to become ‘factories of the future’ through smart manufacturing, supply-chain transformation, sustainability, connected products, automation, and advanced technologies involving IT/OT, 5G/Edge, AI, and analytics.”
In response to supply chain disruptions, security challenges, and tech advancements, cloud transformations remain an essential and ongoing priority for the manufacturing industry. From the outset of the pandemic, manufacturing was one of the hardest-hit sectors, and since then enterprises have been seeking not only innovative solutions, but effective strategies for implementing them. The Industry 5.0 era that’s taking shape will center around the benefits that cloud technologies are putting in reach for streamlining supply chains, enhancing analytics operations, and accelerating time to market.
The Impact of our AWS Expertise
Through our AWS-driven transformations, manufacturers around the world are evolving their infrastructures and realizing greater business value. Our industry-specific IoT and AI solutions enable improved agility and efficiencies through a series of benefits:
- Enhanced asset visibility: With continuous monitoring capabilities, enterprises can more effectively monitor equipment to avoid downtime, fast-track maintenance tasks, and predict upgrade needs.
- Faster, better-informed decisions: A combination of unified data and advanced predictive analytics platforms provide the insights needed for developing greater productivity, optimized processes, and improved collaboration.
- Modernized operations: A more interconnected, cloud-focused infrastructure enables manufacturers to reduce supply chain challenges, expand scalability when market trends occur, and become more resilient.
In a recent strategic engagement, Wipro helped an organization transform the real-time visibility of its production operations and strengthen how it tracks its order fulfillment data. Utilizing AWS IOT analytics in conjunction with a series of production-monitoring dashboards, departments across the organization gained a 360 view of their available-to-promise inventory and transparency into the production process of every active work order. The business now operates with real-time information on stock availability, price, and delivery dates, accelerating its ability to respond to customer demand and reimagine its shipment operations.
When a leading steel manufacturer needed to solve its production line challenges and prevent downtime, Wipro partnered with the company to provide end-to-end visibility of inventory from its business partners. By implementing IoT-based sensors, the organization could easily track arrived inventory, and the greater transparency resulted in optimized production schedules and enhanced work-in-progress decision-making. These AWS-based innovations reduced the company’s downtime challenges by 80% and drove more efficient production schedules with inventory accuracy performance reaching 99%.
What the Pathway Forward Looks Like
New transformational approaches such as the engagements above are allowing major industrial players to update their products, supply chains, development processes, and go-to-market strategies. Using data and insights gained from their team members, businesses have been able to automate their sales processes and gain greater visibility into their opportunities for growth. Companies in the energy sector are getting prepared for the growing demand for alternative power in manufacturing and other verticals.
Managing data effectively is also an essential goal of a digital transformation. The growing number of connected devices in factories and manufacturing facilities has led to a significant increase in the amount of data companies are able to capture and utilize. But data alone isn’t necessarily useful. To make the most of it, companies must have both the right fundamentals in place as well as a nuanced understanding of their unique business goals.
The Three Fundamentals of AWS Cloud Transformations
The adoption of emerging technologies — industrial IoT, artificial intelligence, and machine learning among them — will only increase in the coming years. To get the most out of these tools and avoid a customer experience gap, manufacturing companies must make greater investments in digital integration solutions. An effective approach to guiding infrastructure updates should be anchored by three principles:
Empower your teams
It pays to put people first. The key to reshaping an organization is team empowerment, and that means giving teams a full understanding of how an AWS transformation will help them reach new achievements and greater productivity. A plan of this kind is more than technological. Employees will need to know why the change is needed, how they’ll benefit, and what the overall goals are. When people are aware of the accomplishments and efficiencies to shoot for, they’ll be motivated to adopt new standards that replace outdated methods and work to better serve their customers.
Assess, integrate, and collaborate
An AWS transformation plan should be based on a thorough assessment of a company’s infrastructure, looking for weaknesses to improve and strengths to enhance. The goal should be to find where data silos exist and implement a solution for integrating them into a centralized system. By creating a more unified system, teams can have new avenues for sharing data, collaborating, and learning what’s driving company success. When an organization can gain insights on what customers are responding to, it can continue the success and help build brand loyalty.
Think long term
As an AWS transformation is planned and new goals are set, scalability should be a serious consideration. A company’s growth shouldn’t be hindered by a legacy system that can’t grow along with it. As a business takes on new markets and expands its workforce, its infrastructure should be able to easily handle such changes. Today ongoing digital transformations are necessary and inevitable, so be sure to consider the big picture and don’t be limited by the monthly or quarterly perspective.
Transforming Operations, Performance, and Outcomes
Cloud-driven transformations don’t occur in a vacuum, and they don’t end with the adoption of any one technology. They’re an ongoing process that requires careful planning and the ability to understand how existing solutions can be integrated with the latest technologies. Based on our combined tech and consulting expertise, the Wipro FullStride Cloud team is ensuring that enterprises can benefit from AWS-based solutions to achieve new levels of productivity and long-term growth through a range of advantages:
- Reduced costs
- Improved profitability
- Increased revenue
- Accelerated decision-making
Wipro FullStride Cloud has also provided thought leadership content to the manufacturing industry with our recent cloud report, which outlines the effective tactics for developing further cloud maturity. To learn more about how to develop an effective strategy for adopting cloud innovations, download the Wipro FullStride Cloud Services report.