Your manufacturing supply chain likely comprises of a huge variety of different roles from designers, engineers, suppliers of raw materials and parts, factory workers and logistics teams, dispersed all around the globe. It is a complex web of diverse needs and challenges, requiring efficient coordination between each link in the chain.
Everyone wants to bring new products and services to market faster, cheaper and more reliably, and in a volatile social, economic and political environment, supply chains are constantly changing as organisations seek better economies of scale, lower-cost supplies and labour, or lower-risk environments.
There are the challenges associated with growing global expansion, managing cost pressures, improving operational efficiency and continuously adapting to ever changing customer needs. There is also the ongoing issue of how to ensure effective collaboration between manufacturers, their supply chain & their customer base, many of which may be globally located, as well as the constant need to ensure product development life cycles are kept to tight deadlines without having a detrimental effect on quality.
Whatever your key challenges, in the supply chain world, collaboration is the vital link in the chain that holds the operation together.
So how can manufacturing companies utilise collaboration tools to manage their supply chain more effectively and achieve their business goals?
Increasingly, unified collaboration offers the best means of creating a collaborative working environment, because it links voice, video, data, and other communications seamlessly, and enables dispersed teams to collaborate easily, solving problems, speeding up coordination and ultimately delivering faster time-to-consensus – and hence a reduced time-to-market for new products. The ability to collaborate between different areas of your supply chain through video conferencing and online collaboration removes many of the barriers to effective international manufacturing trade.
More and more manufacturing companies are now seeing the great benefits of implementing a video conferencing or unified collaboration solution into their workforce.
A survey of more than 150 UK senior IT professionals, including CIOs, IT managers and project heads, found that 65% of organisations are already using unified communications tools to enable team-working among disparate groups, yet only 10% are using it for supply chain management – this is a major missed opportunity. (Dimension Data)
Video collaboration is changing the world of manufacturing. We have compiled a whitepaper which focuses in detail on some of the challenges facing supply chains and the manufacturing industry today and how organisations round the world are able to employ unified communications and remote collaboration solutions to solve their problems.
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