Technology Record - Issue 28: Spring 2023

129 INDUSTRIALS & MANUFACTURING The manufacturing industry is in the midst of major change as digital technologies rapidly redefine what is possible. We asked selected analysts and Microsoft partners about how Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing and an ever-growing range of partner solutions are helping to drive digital excellence in the manufacturing space Partner perspectives Andy Byers Director Strategic Partnerships, Ansys Tom Nall Global Manufacturing and Automotive Lead, Avanade “In order to drive excellence in manufacturing, our customers who migrate to the cloud can increase productivity, reduce in-house technology costs, and improve virtual collaboration. The addition of Ansys Access on Microsoft Azure to Ansys’ current cloud offerings will allow customers to choose the most effective method to realise the benefits of cloud-based simulation for their organisations. Beyond cloud collaboration, Ansys is also working to integrate Microsoft 365 capabilities into the context of its engineering simulation tools to aid in the highly collaborative process of product design.” “Like waiting for my next flyfishing excursion, my anticipation and excitement for the launch of Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing is palpable. Aside from the sustainability benefits of a standard cloud platform, such as Accenture’s findings that migrations to the public cloud can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 59 million tons per year, the exciting news is that Cloud for Manufacturing is designed to go further and actually enhance the capabilities of a standard cloud platform. With industry unique features, Cloud for Manufacturing can enable industry innovation at scale, enhance experiences and help transform operations to make an impact on today’s manufacturing challenges.” Photo: iStock/fotografixx Photo: Pexels/fTiger Lily