Breaking barriers with a hyperconnected shop floor

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Manufacturing leaders in Australia are playing in an increasingly competitive field where only the slightest difference in gameplay— in this case, data-driven solutions— can make or break a business’ performance. 

The last three years have brought a record number of unprecedented problems to the manufacturing sector, not just in Australia, but globally.

Businesses have seen multiple disruptions to the supply chain over the last couple of years, on top of equipment breakdowns that they were not prepared for and poor communication on the shop floor. Amid all of these, one of the major challenges for modern manufacturers today is developing an approach towards streamlining operations and maintaining a connected shop floor. 

Creating impact faster 

In a webinar hosted by Australian IT consultancy company SOCO, experts discussed the almost untapped potential of automating competitive tasks for manufacturers. 

What if your business has the ability to adopt solutions, or enhance existing ones, in order to optimize operations and accelerate business growth?

Tim Shaw, a cloud architect at Microsoft, highlighted the capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central to generate a 360-degree view of a business’ overall data that can be shared throughout the organisation in real-time. 

“Dynamics 365 is a suite of applications to do different roles within an organization and I’m talking anything from small business sales to enterprise level sales, to marketing to customer service, to areas like field service,” Shaw explained. 

Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 is comprised of intelligent business applications that could allow businesses to quickly adapt to changing customer needs, trends, and market conditions. 

It also allows business leaders to accelerate business results by working with Microsoft partners and leveraging prebuilt industry solutions in the Dynamics 365 portfolio. 

To learn more about enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions that have impacted the modern manufacturing industry, watch the full webinar, “Charging into the Future: Modern ERP for Manufacturers,” here

SOCO will also be hosting an in-person event at the Microsoft Melbourne Office on 8 March to help manufacturing executives and leaders explore the technology trends that drive the development of modern ERP software. 

The event seeks to offer business leaders a great opportunity to understand the ERP selection criteria and processes and discover how ERP solutions can help them thrive in an ever-changing industry. To register and for more information, please visit: