Managed IT Services for Manufacturing Companies (Video)

Manufacturers face unique challenges and compliance issues. To thrive, you need IT that supports your business goals. In this video, the PCG team outlines the importance of an experienced MSP for manufacturing firms.

As a manufacturer, you rely on technology for production processes and backend operations. The right IT is critical to your business. When working correctly, your IT helps to streamline production, reduce cost, and improve customer service, but unfortunately, it doesn’t always play out that way.

Lagging networks, data breaches, and unexpected breakdowns can slow down productivity, increase cost, and make it hard to meet your client’s needs. We understand what some of your biggest challenges are — labor shortage, supply chain issues, financial concerns, cybersecurity, mergers and acquisitions, remote workforce sales, marketing, vendors, and having a disaster recovery plan to support all those.

MSPs With Experience in the Manufacturing Industry

With 27 years of experience with managed IT services and cybersecurity and extensive experience in the manufacturing industry, we understand the challenges within the manufacturing industry and we are dedicated to helping organizations get past these hurdles and optimize their potential. You need stable, reliable networks that support your workflows and minimize downtime to stay profitable.

You also need secure backups in a disaster recovery plan with known recovery time objectives to safeguard business continuity and minimize the risk of data losses should an issue occur.

Cyber Risks in Manufacturing

Unfortunately, as the manufacturing industry’s reliance on IT grows, so too does its exposure to cyber crimes and data breaches. In the current climate, you face heightened risk of cyber threats and the need for a strong, multifaceted cybersecurity plan to mitigate these risks. Beyond that, your business needs to be compliant with strict requirements so that it can work with clients such as the Department of Defense or other government agencies. This requires an in-depth understanding of different compliance frameworks. It typically also requires network and security upgrades and documentation to prove compliance.

Get Support From PCG

When your manufacturing company contacts PCG for IT support, you get an experienced professional who understands the most effective way to approach your technical challenges and issues. You also get an IT partner who can help you plan and ensure that IT supports your business goals. With all of our clients, we use a blend of established processes that ensure that we don’t miss anything.

At the same time, we also tailor specific services and solutions around each of our clients’ needs, challenges, and goals. There’s no one size fits all approach to technology. Your manufacturing company needs customized solutions that support your manufacturing processes to address the challenges of this industry. We can guide you with the best fit for your needs. At PCG, we are committed to understanding our manufacturing clients’ needs and shaping our offerings around these needs.

Manufacturers Need Reliable IT

Regardless of the size or scope of your business, you need technology that is consistent and reliable, unnecessary downtime costs money and threatens customer relationships. Manufacturers need to prioritize business continuity so that if you suffer a software malfunction, an equipment breakdown like a server, a security breach, a natural disaster, or a power outage, the effects are minimal and you can get back to work with as little disruption as possible.

You also need a network that supports all of your manufacturing processes and administrative functions, and you need cybersecurity solutions to protect that network. This includes protecting sensitive data and financial information in office databases and on e-commerce sites. But manufacturing, cybersecurity must also protect the systems that monitor and govern plant equipment.

Compliance Challenges in Manufacturing

Unlike many other businesses, manufacturing companies aren’t just accountable to their own standards. They must stay compliant with the maze of federal and industry standards that attract and retain lucrative clients. Failure to understand, implement, and maintain compliance standards can lead to countless dollars and lost revenue in missed opportunities. Having a technology roadmap budget and timeframe in your industry is critical to plan out your cash flow for IT upgrades and how to budget for future growth.

Hardware as a Service

High level IT planning can be challenging, but without it, businesses can often end up suffering, downtime, incurring unexpected IT technology expenses, and not being able to scale as desired. One way we help with this is by offering many of our solutions as a HaaS, H-A-A-S. This stands for hardware as a service. This allows you to pay a monthly fee like a lease. You’ll save on your capital to operate your business and have the cash reserves to get the key manufacturing equipment to produce your goods and services when needed.

Contact Us About MSP Services

Since 1996, PCG has a proven track record in success in the manufacturing industry, and we would like to support your success. We can help you strengthen your IT and security and ensure that it aligns with your business goals and budget. Together we can streamline your projects from production to suppliers and vendors, and ultimately, to your clients. To get started, we’ll give you a free network assessment and security risk score and review where your critical issues are and plan on how to resolve them. Call one of our technology experts today to learn more about our services and see why PCG provides the best value with predictable outcomes for your manufacturing business.