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Manufacturing Ramps Up in the Cloud

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Rob Spiegel
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Info gets big for manufacturers
Rob Spiegel   4/10/2013 9:44:06 AM
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Looks like a good idea for manufacturers, Al. This takes us closer to mass customization. The key here is that a manufacturer will not be limited to what its local servers can deliver. I would guess that cloud technology will allow companies to expand and contract their IT needs as needed. However, this may be a new hurdle in the path toward compatibility between control engineers and their IT departments. Cloud providers will have to make a strong case for security.

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Re: Info gets big for manufacturers
Charles Murray   4/10/2013 6:27:13 PM
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Al, what's the key to enabling the batch size of one? In his comment below, Rob mentions that the cloud will enable companies to exapand and contract their IT needs as needed. Is that the key?

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Manufacturing in the Cloud
apresher   4/11/2013 10:35:33 AM
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Chuck, I think the key is probably taking data integration to the next level.  The capability to customize products to "one" is definitely within reach already. Moving to the cloud provides a potential input for manufacturing that potentially simplifies the solutions for easier data integration.  Also, a direct input from the customer.

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Rob Spiegel   4/11/2013 1:31:53 PM
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Hey Al, I hadn't thought of the data integration angle, but it makes sense. How are a company's IT folks going to view this? I would imagine security is a significant issue.

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Charles Murray   4/11/2013 8:13:24 PM
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Thanks for the information, Al. The ability to customize products don to a batch of one would be a huge step forward for manufacturing. And it could change how products are sold, as well.

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apresher   4/12/2013 3:33:49 PM
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Rob,  Any time there is any data integration with the Internet, IT is going to be concerned and hopefully take all of the appropriate measures necessary to insure the quality and security of that connection.

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apresher   4/12/2013 3:35:29 PM
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Chuck,  Not sure that a batch of one is really much of an objective for too many manufacturers. Probably a unique need such as personalization, rather than volume products, where this is a bigger need.

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