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Creators wanted to manufacture a resilient and sustainable future 

As a National Sponsor for MFG Day, the manufacturing team at Microsoft is proud to join the #CreatorsWanted movement to fill the skills gap and inspire a diverse workforce with intelligent and data-driven manufacturing. Intelligent manufacturing is shaping our future in exciting ways that enable manufacturers to digitally transform to achieve growth and exceptional customer...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

Reimagine a resilient and sustainable future with Microsoft at our Digital Manufacturing Summit 

The inaugural Microsoft Digital Manufacturing Summit launched on June 24th, and I hope you will join me and our global community as we share best practices and innovations to help create more agile factories and resilient supply chains during this time of disruption. The event includes over 30 on-demand webinars, product demos, virtual roundtables, and...Read more

New Dynamics 365 Manufacturing Accelerator for supplier management 

Following the launch of accelerators in five other industries over the past 18 months, the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Manufacturing Accelerator is now in public preview. Our initial focus is on helping manufacturing organizations adapt to and manage their suppliers. The first solution as part of this accelerator is our supplier relationship management application which enables...Read more

Supporting the manufacturing community during this challenging time 

We are hearing from our manufacturing customers around the globe about how the outbreak of COVID-19 is creating new challenges as they work to handle drastic shifts in materials supply and customer demand, and manage factory closures, while contributing to the production of critical supplies to first-line responders across the globe.  While many manufacturers face challenging disruptions to supply...Read more

4 ways we drive openness in industrial IoT 

    In a previous post, we introduced the four components of our approach to openness in industrial IoT (IIoT). Although openness has long been a central concept for us, inspiring hundreds of products and services that can connect platforms and the seamless transfer of data between them, the specific ways we execute on this...Read more

How our open IIoT approach makes manufacturers more agile 

Even before we introduced the Azure IoT Suite back in 2015, Microsoft was helping manufacturers realize the full business value of IoT. Backed by decades of experience in enterprise, we quickly became an innovator in industrial IoT (IIoT). Microsoft solutions have helped connect billions of different assets, process massive amounts of real-time data, and deploy...Read more

How OPC UA complements our open IIoT approach 

The rise of Industry 4.0 has transformed the manufacturing industry, making it imperative to connect factories and plants with their disparate data sources to maintain a competitive edge. Manufacturers can no longer be limited by proprietary technology and siloed data. To truly innovate, manufacturers know that every aspect of their operations—from the machines on their...Read more

How technology intensity accelerates business value 

Organizations that embrace technology intensity are inherently more successful. What exactly is technology intensity, and why is it critical for today’s enterprises to build a cohesive digital strategy? Technology intensity defined Technology intensity has three components: Rapid adoption of hyper-scale cloud platforms A rational business decision to invest in digital capabilities Relentless focus on building technology that customers can...Read more

How to win with IoT in the digital marketplace 

This blog is the fifth in a series highlighting our newest research, IoT Signals. Each week will feature a new top-of-mind topic to provide insights into the current state of IoT adoption across industries, how business leaders can develop their own IoT strategies, and why companies should use IoT to improve service to partners and customers.  In...Read more

MFG Day: Creators wanted to manufacture a better future 

Manufacturing—and the technology that makes it more intelligent—is shaping our future in exciting ways that benefit manufacturers, their employees and customers, and the world at large. Supporting responsible and sustainable manufacturing aligns with Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We showcased Augmenting human intelligence: The future...Read more