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Cloud computing 'transforming' business

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Manufacturing industry chains are being transformed by new technologies such as cloud computing, new research from Microsoft has found.

The computing giant has noted that a growing number of organizations are looking to take advantage of the benefits of the hosted technology, with lower infrastructure costs proving a tempting proposition for many IT decision makers.

Some 48.3 per cent of respondents cited the reduced costs as the primary reason for utilizing the technology, 47.7 per cent of the respondents believed that cloud computing was necessary for international collaborations and 38.4 per cent said that it would help them to respond quickly to business demands.

The Microsoft Discrete Manufacturing Cloud Computing Survey 2011 survey polled 152 IT decision makers across aerospace, automobile, high-tech, electronics and industrial equipment manufacturing companies in Germany, the US and France.

Sanjay Ravi, managing director of worldwide discrete manufacturing industry, said: "Manufacturers are exploring ways to improve product design with social product development, enhance visibility across multiple tiers in the value chain and create new business models and customer experiences based on smart devices connecting to the cloud."

Posted by Richard Jones