Technology Record - Issue 33: Summer 2024

98 innovation,” says Rodriguez. “This unification streamlines the generation of insights, freeing resources for other strategic initiatives and is essential in contending with labour shortages, increasing production demands and the urgent need to reduce costs and carbon emissions.” This view on the importance of unifying data is shared by ARC’s report: “Data and process silos can hinder the efficiency and effectiveness of an organisation. By converging product roadmaps, vendors can ensure that their different software solutions work seamlessly together, providing a unified and streamlined experience for their customers. This not only enhances operational efficiency but also accelerates the digital transformation journey.” Microsoft and its partners are at the forefront of this evolution, offering manufacturing data solutions in Microsoft Fabric and an innovative copilot template for factory operations on Azure AI. These solutions are designed to consolidate IT and OT data on a secure and unified data platform, enriching it with semantic context and priming it for AI applications. “The copilot template for Azure AI is transforming factory operations by facilitating conversational data queries, streamlining communication and boosting team responsiveness,” says Rodriguez. “This innovation is pivotal in today’s market, where manufacturers must contend with labour shortages, increasing production demands and the urgent need to reduce costs and carbon emissions.” There is no shortage of innovation within the Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing partner ecosystem. These collaborations are crucial in collecting data from various systems, creating custom experiences that fit the specific needs of manufacturers, enabling customers to fully leverage their factory data as well as to drive digital transformation. Accenture and Avanade have developed the Avanade Manufacturing Copilot, which integrates with Fabric’s manufacturing data solutions, to boost innovation, operational efficiency and data-driven decision-making. Sight Machine’s Manufacturing Data Platform enhances Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing by optimising global production scheduling and providing a conversational querying experience. Litmus Edge’s advanced DataOps platform speeds up data extraction, normalisation and modelling, forming a hybrid edge-tocloud infrastructure when combined with FEATURE Photo: Adobe Stock/ipopba