According to Salesforce consulting partner PwC’s 2017 Industrial Manufacturing Trends, manufacturers are positioned to gain nearly 3% in additional revenue and reduce costs by 3.6% per year due to digitization efforts over the next five years.  But successfully making this digital transformation can be difficult, as manufacturing ERP systems have become a “tangled mass of disparate networks” assembled through global expansion and M&A over the years.

To successfully tackle this problem, PwC recommends creating a completely new IT architecture as the backbone for technology initiatives, which include investing in IT systems that communicate across the entire organization on standardized protocols and systems that support visibility into supply chain, equipment in the field, and more.

This is where Salesforce and its partner ecosystem can help.  While Salesforce is known as a front-office applications provider addressing the needs of Sales, Service, and Marketing organizations, we have an extensive partner ecosystem that has built a suite of applications on the Salesforce Platform that enable manufacturers to run their entire business on Salesforce.

These applications can be found in our AppExchange, and range from Product Lifecycle Management, to ERP, to Quality Management, to Transportation Management, to Enterprise Risk Management, to Enterprise Asset Management, to Field Service Management and more.  The beauty of having these applications built on the Salesforce Platform is that they work seamlessly with your Salesforce data and are integrated out-of-the-box.

If you’d like to learn more, I invite you to join us at our 2nd Annual Salesforce Manufacturing Summit in Chicago on the afternoon of June 14th.  The event is open to manufacturers of any size - from small business to global enterprise - and registration is free.

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