It is a challenging time for the food manufacturing industry, with businesses trying to juggle rising costs, maintaining regulatory compliance, and meeting consumer demands all while ensuring profitability. It’s fair to say that the industry is transforming, and modern technology has to be there to support that transformation. Hybrid cloud allows you to consume the resources that your business needs, as well as store, access and manage data and applications securely from any location, allowing you to realise the following benefits:
- Improved Efficiency
Optimising your operations is key to remaining competitive in today’s economic climate. Using cloud services, you can streamline your processes, reduce the risk of downtime and improve overall efficiency. For example, cloud-based inventory management systems can help you to track raw materials and finished goods in real-time, empowering you to reduce waste and optimize your supply chain.
- Managing Legacy Workloads
Within the industry there are many legacy workloads (applications) that are often deemed as ‘not cloud ready’. This myth can and should be challenged. With hybrid cloud, legacy workloads can be managed so as not to restrict the transformation of other aspects of your business.
- Cost Management
The food manufacturing industry is notoriously capital intensive, and particularly during the current economic climate, it’s vital that businesses keep control of their costs. With cloud-based solutions, you eliminate the need for capital purchase and the maintenance of physical hardware that makes up your IT infrastructure. Cloud computing also offers economies of scale, meaning that you never pay for more than what you consume, with the ability to scale consumption in response to seasonal or unforeseen peak demand.
- Enhanced Collaboration
Collaboration is essential, where cross-functional teams must work together to ensure that the products meet customer expectations and regulatory requirements. Cloud computing provides a platform for enhanced collaboration between team members, regardless of their location. By using cloud-based collaboration tools and unified communications solutions, teams can work together on projects, share files, and communicate in real-time, improving communication, delivery speed and reducing the potential for error.
- Improved Data Security
Data security is always a significant concern in any industry where sensitive data, including customer information and proprietary recipes, must be protected. All our solutions are secure by design, follow industry best practice, including but not limited to next generation firewalls, intrusion detection & prevention, and encryption, all of which are essential for protecting sensitive data.
- Flexibility and Scalability
Naturally, seasonality has a huge impact on demand. Cloud computing can offer the flexibility and scalability required to respond to these changes in demand without the need for over provisioning and consuming valuable budget, and can be scaled back when demand subsides
The introduction of cloud computing to the food industry has enabled it to analyse data to determine market sizes, consumer habits, optimised product strategies, consumer targeting, and marketing as well as reduce waste by supporting effective manufacturing processes and transportation of goods and services.
Andy Bevan, Head of Cloud and Digital Transformation at Daisy Corporate Services said: “Every business is unique and taking a hybrid cloud approach is often the best choice, as it gives you the flexibility to leverage the benefits of both public and private cloud to meet those unique needs.
“You can seamlessly scale on demand and control your costs with public cloud services, but also when needed, retain ownership and control over your sensitive data and applications within a private cloud environment.
“As we all know, different organisations have different needs, so we’re always happy to have a chat with you and help you make the right choice for your business.”