Top 5 IT Issues Facing the Engineering Industry
Working within the Engineering sector can be hugely rewarding, however, as you may be aware, it can come with its challenges. Nothing can be more frustrating than an IT infrastructure that doesn’t deliver the performance you need. The sector is changing fast, and if you want to be a successful, forward-thinking engineering business, you need to capitalise on the benefits of the digital age and have an effective and robust IT infrastructure.
Having worked with numerous Engineering companies over the years, we thought we would highlight the top 5 IT issues we’ve come across within the industry…
1. The importance of protecting your supply chain
Protecting your supply chain is critical for the success of any Engineering business. Minimising and managing security risks throughout your supply chain needs to be your primary focus, as any breach or disruption can have knock-on effects which could disrupt operations, cause unnecessary loss of funds, result in fines and even create a lack of confidence in your business, from which you may never recover.
All of this is preventable by identifying the weaknesses within your supply chain and addressing them as quickly as you can, whether that’s backing up, storing or sharing your data securely, or delivering cyber security training for your staff, tailored to the needs of the engineering sector.
2. Minimising your downtime
Machine downtime costs UK manufacturers £180bn a year! There’s no escaping the fact that downtime can be disastrous for businesses. What you can do is limit that downtime by taking control of the situation through proactive IT solutions, such as a managed disaster recovery service or implementing a patching strategy to reinforce potential holes in your network.
Working within the Engineering industry, the impact of downtime can be severe. By having an effective IT infrastructure your business can limit downtime and continue to run smoothly.
3. The ability to work remotely
More and more industries are embracing the ability to work remotely, and the engineering industry is no different.
The definition of the office has now changed. No longer is it defined by sitting at a desk 9-to-5. Remote working allows your staff to work from home, on their commute to work, at an event or even while they’re on holiday, so they can access files, drawings and other key customer and product information 24 hours. Your new ‘office’ can be anywhere you want by simply using an internet-enabled device and a reliable internet connection
4. Keeping your systems up-to-date
We have seen Engineering companies attacked by cyber-criminals in the past, simply because they didn’t update their software. It can be frustrating, as it is preventable! It’s imperative Engineering businesses keep their devices updated to help stop hackers exploiting security weaknesses. If your devices are patched, you are less likely to be affected by a cyber-attack as around 70% of cyber-attacks exploit known vulnerabilities. A patched server or PC is less susceptible to malware and other viruses, it’s that simple.
5. Data Backup is critical
All businesses now face the threat from cyber-attacks, but engineering companies are also more likely to face a disaster such as a fire or flood due to the nature of their business.
Data is the lifeblood of any good Engineering company and the inability to access it for any significant amount of time can be catastrophic.
Failure to prepare a robust Disaster Recovery and Backup plan is not an option, it’s a necessity for this industry. The key is to be prepared and to plan for the most unlikely event. Being able to recover vital information and data quickly, and enabling your staff to carry on working can dictate whether your business will survive.
We can help improve your business…
We work closely with a number of businesses in the Engineering industry delivering exceptional, bespoke managed technology solutions to enable them to transform their business into a modern workplace.
If you are interested in upgrading your IT infrastructure we can help.
Our primary objective is to ensure all UK engineering companies understand the options available to help them improve their efficiency, productivity and profitability. If you would like to discuss your options or book an independent audit of your current IT infrastructure, we will be happy to listen to your business concerns and design a solution that’s right for you. Feel free to get in touch with us by clicking the link: www.ogl.co.uk/enquiry/949 or alternatively, you can call us on 01299 873 873 and an IT Solutions expert will be happy to help.