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Frontline workers: The heartbeat of the manufacturing industry 

One of the clearest realizations made in the midst of industrial transformation triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has been that global manufacturing is powered by the frontline workforce. The industry witnessed a sea of change: a significant disruption in terms of business continuity, operational visibility, remote work, employee safety, and the list goes on. Businesses...Read more

Closing manufacturing’s digital divide with industry cloud 

A few weeks ago I shared our insights on the 5 manufacturing trends driving the need for an industry cloud. However, many have reached out to me to say there’s an even more compelling reason to accelerate digitization of manufacturing data, and digitalization of manufacturing processes. Manufacturing’s growing digital divide According to research conducted by...Read more

5 manufacturing trends driving the need for an industry cloud 

2020 has been a year that we will not soon forget, filled with unimaginable change caused by the pandemic. The manufacturing industry witnessed a sea change: a significant disruption in terms of business continuity, operational visibility, remote work, employee safety, and the list goes on. However, businesses have responded and are continually adapting as we...Read more

Hannover Messe 2021: What’s next for manufacturing 

Its been a challenging year for manufacturers, but also an exciting one, as they’ve been able to respond and adapt by accelerating their digital transformation journeys—and as you’ll hear from Microsoft leaders, customers, and partners at Hannover Messe 2021: Digital Edition—the benefits of digitalization are no longer questioned, it’s now about accelerating time to value,...Read more

Top 5 things to see and do at Hannover Messe Digital Edition 

It’s been two years since we last invited you to join us at Hannover Messe in Germany, where we mingled with 220,000 of our manufacturing colleagues from around the world to share and explore the leadership and innovations on display. Since then we’ve built on our theme of augmenting human intelligence from Hannover Messe 2019, helping manufacturers accelerate their digital...Read more

Addressing the skills gap in manufacturing’s new normal 

Can digitization address the manufacturing skills gap and worker safety? Even before the pandemic, manufacturing has been changing so quickly that it can be difficult for your workforce to keep up. In fact, Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute had estimated that up to 2.4 million US manufacturing jobs could remain unfilled between 2018 and 2028 because of a lack of adequate skills.1  According to a Deloitte...Read more

Kennametal is on the cutting edge of manufacturing 

Current market conditions are demonstrating how heavily the world relies on manufacturers’ abilities to operate agile factories and resilient supply chains. One great illustration of the critical role of manufacturers is explained in the inside story of how a group of rival companies came together to make ventilators for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic....Read more

Navigating Microsoft’s inaugural Digital Manufacturing Summit 

For the last few years, we’ve saved many of our best Microsoft customer, partner, and Microsoft’s manufacturing solutions news for Hannover Messe, and hope to be able to join the manufacturing community again in person in 2021. However, for 2020, we had to go digital, especially as it was more important than ever that we...Read more

Making the C.A.S.E. for partner ecosystems: Driving the future of mobility at IAA 

Much more than a car show and trade fair attracting 225,000 visitors, the Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA) and New Mobility World event is where international visionaries, CEOs, and newcomers converge to debate the future of mobility. This year we took the opportunity at New Mobility World to express how Microsoft’s mission to, “Empower every person...Read more

IT+OT=IoT for manufacturers 

Modern manufacturing requires intelligent operations and connected supply chains to deliver more agile production, greater transparency, and smarter products and services....Read more