Manufacturers experiencing critical IT problems, says new study

IT300More than in any other sector, manufacturers are having problems with IT applications, says a new report. Titled ‘KillerApps 2013’, the study indicated that 83% of manufacturers are experiencing problems with the performance of their IT systems.

The study, conducted by Easynet Global Services in collaboration with Ipanema Technologies found that business critical applications such as ERP systems were most likely to suffer performance problems

The demands being placed on manufacturing networks were also increasing, the study found, with 87% of IT professionals in manufacturing seeing the requirements of their corporate network increase by at least 10% a year.

To help cope with the increase in demand, manufacturing organisations were spending more each year on their corporate networks. The research showed that 57% of firms increased their networking budget during the last 12 months.

Easynet MD Adrian Thirkill said, “The results of this study suggest that manufacturers are struggling with IT management and fighting to reduce instances of application slowness or non-responsiveness. If an ERP system is down for a mere five minutes each day the company is losing around 1% of overall productivity.

“Simply throwing additional network capacity at this problem won’t fix it. Manufacturers need a more thorough understanding of what’s happening across their networks with the ability to manage the performance of those applications that really matter.”

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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