All businesses today have IT requirements, but manufacturers have very unique needs. In fact, they rely on IT for almost everything. When you think about machines doing tightly-controlled production work, as well as the machines to control those machines, it’s easy to see why IT services for manufacturing is so critical. It is part of everything operational — logistics, production, customer interaction, supply chain and more.
Oftentimes, manufacturers support the needs of multiple locations, while sharing data, applications and management from a centralized location with fixed budgets and staff. Added to these challenges, IT must help to move forward business objectives, maintain competitive advantages and ensure the security of their intellectual property. Here’s where managed services for manufacturing comes in.
Consistency and standardization across systems and locations
Standardization allows for consistency for all processes, especially when it comes to rapid recovery from issues that arise. This is especially true for manufacturing companies that don’t deploy and use the same technology across multiple locations. Various CRM, ERP and other software are used to manage operations. This creates an unnecessary tangle of communications and consistency that thwarts employees and the business in general. Partnering with an IT solutions provider will decentralize IT and make it universally available in the cloud. All users will have the same experience regardless of their location.
Scalability—or adaptability—is huge when it comes to managing manufacturer IT needs. Industrial companies often work on large projects that require a small burst of employees and resources. Once the job is completed, the resource needs decrease and the company can’t afford to maintain the additional employees. How can a manufacturer responsibly manage these situations?
Outsourcing a technology ramp-up to an IT solutions provider is an ideal solution. Increased workloads can easily scale to the cloud with no upfront costs or time delays. And even better, the manufacturer can easily scale back down when the project is complete, using additional resources only for a specified time.
Predictable IT Spend
By adopting an outsourced IT model, a manufacturer can simplify budgeting with predictable monthly IT fees. Using the services of an IT solutions provider also reduces the risk of downtime through the management of computing, storage and fixed network assets. Soft cost loss and productivity hurdles are also minimized due to less connectivity downtime caused by network fluctuations.
Sufficient IT Support
Staffing appropriately can be a moving target with manufacturing companies. Plugging in the right team members and other resources can vary based on workload. And more times than not, staffers spend time putting out fires, rathe than working proactively. When a company outsources to an IT solutions provider, the right resources can be directed to the workload so that work emergencies don’t occur and dedicated staffers can work productively.
If you’re a manufacturer, mergers and acquisitions are a fact of life. So, what do you do when you encounter massive technology integration needs inherent with M&A? You outsource IT services for manufacturing to an IT solutions provider like ICS that manages quick and easy deployment and integration to a new location or newly purchased business.
Outsourcing IT solutions is a particularly efficient step when it comes to simultaneous upgrades of all servers and devices. What usually would take a long time to complete—deploying machine upgrades—is now easily managed due to the resources of a professional IT solutions provider.
IT Security and Compliance
ICS Manufacturing’s IT services include a wide range of support, but at the top of the list is peace of mind in terms of security and compliance.
We take your data privacy very seriously, and all the solutions we provide are designed to keep your business safe from cybersecurity threats.
- Data protection
- Export security
- Endpoint protection
- 24/7/365 Support
- File encryption
- Cloud security
- Backup and Disaster Recovery
- Website Security & Monitoring
We work to ensure that every solution we implement is designed to comply with all industry-specific regulations and standards, including:
- CMMC Compliance
- Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)
- Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
- RoHS (Restriction of the use of Certain Hazardous Substances)
- WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment)
- REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals)
Manufacturing and industrial companies have special technology needs that should only be accommodated by a professional IT solutions provider. As an expert in manufacturing technology, ICS Manufacturing works to improve operational performance, reduce costs, increase productivity, and meet compliance requirements. We manage your technology so you can focus your attention on running your business. Learn more today about ICS Manufacturing Managed IT Services.