‘UAE manufacturing businesses need to reinvent themselves to stay relevant’

UAE ManufacturingSage, the market leader in cloud business management solutions, has hosted an event in Dubai to discuss the challenges facing the manufacturing sector in the UAE

Manufacturing industry leaders convened to discuss challenges and trends likely to have the biggest impact in the next phase of growth for the sector, known as Industry 4.0, where enhanced business intelligence and data analytics drive changes.

The event, entitled Manufacturing in the Digital World, explored how the manufacturing industry can future-proof itself in an era of change through digital transformation and smart manufacturing. The high-level gathering of industry leaders focused on various discussion points such as how to drive innovation, increase production efficiency while reducing costs, and lower the time taken for products to reach the marketplace. A point on which most attendees concurred was the requirement for businesses to conform to one system of record, consistent across all lines of operation, making it simple and fast to adapt to changing needs.

Mansoor Sarwar, director of technical services and pre-sales, Middle East at Sage, said, “In the manufacturing industry, companies should seek a smart and technology-driven business management system that builds bridges, not silos, so that departments across the company can communicate and collaborate. The manufacturing industry is evolving rapidly, and firms that are slow in the uptake of digital transformation or with reinventing themselves risk getting left behind.”

“End-to-end business management systems can enable firms in the manufacturing sector to tackle the challenges of today’s fast-paced environment. These solutions help accelerate collaboration and reporting, provide real-time insight into costs and operational performance to make better and quicker decisions,” Sarwar added.

Ali Katkhada, chief information officer at Depa United Group, commented, “Manufacturing companies usually focus on three main elements - people, materials and machines, but they also need a system that connects them and offers deeper insights into the business. Technology is not an option, it is a necessity for manufacturing industries, as it takes a lot of the burden off business leaders’ shoulders and allows them to focus on the actual running of the business.”

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