Value of IT in the Manufacturing Industry

Value of IT in the Manufacturing Industry

IT plays an instrumental role in a variety of different sectors and industries. If you’re considering upgrading the security and various technologies at your manufacturing company, IT can help keep your operations functional and secure. 

To help you get started on your IT journey, here are a few ways that IT can add value to the manufacturing industry.

Increased Security Controls 

Manufacturing companies have a lot to consider when it comes to security, including customer and employee information, financial records, production information, trade secrets and more. It’s important for your company to adopt modern security practices to help keep your network secure. 

Many facilities are still running on old operating systems and can’t properly run on the newest version of Windows 10. To keep your network secure, you could be recommended for a demilitarized zone (DMZ). This is when a separate network will be created for your equipment that has no access to the internet. A DMZ helps adds additional layers of local area network (LAN) security. Only external network nodes will be able to access what is exposed in the DMZ, and the rest of your network will be firewalled.

Access Files Anywhere and Everywhere 

By enabling virtual sharing of data and using services like in the cloud, manufacturing industries can share information quicker and more efficiently with third parties. 

Your employees and vendors need controlled and timely access to your business and operations data anywhere and on any device. Having cloud platform for manufacturing businesses easily provides that connectivity and is more straightforward than traditional on-premise counterparts. This makes implementation easier, helping you save both time and money.

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Transparency in Every Business Transaction

While the original uses of blockchain technology were created to support digital currency like Bitcoin, other industries like manufacturing are finding benefits from this application. Blockchain is a method of storing data and allowing it to be accessed, updated or shared by users of a network. This database is not stored in any single location, and there is no centralized version of it anywhere, which can help keep it from being hacked. 

In the manufacturing industry, this can help provide accurate audit trails and real-time visibility into every step of the supply chain. Having more transparency can help protect operations from fraud, theft, counterfeit and cyberattacks.

Your Next Steps

Investing in better IT for your manufacturing company offers better transparency in every transaction, better security and more accessibility to your business’ assets. When you’re ready to make this change, you need a reliable IT team by your side. That’s where CorCystems Managed IT Services can come into play.  To learn more about how we can help you upgrade your IT, please give our office a call today at (203) 431-1341.