During the first decade of the current century, the term “cloud computing” became a buzzword, when the largest companies in the IT industry started to describe the new paradigm in which consumers were increasingly accessing the web for software, files and data. At the time, most organizations – including those in manufacturing – went for the safe option of having on-site control over their IT data and security standards and management of their application configurations. Thus, the on-premise MES were the go-to solution.
– IT infrastructure (bandwidth, servers, cooling, backup, etc.) that meets the system requirements, an
– IT security strategy that accounts for disaster recovery, and
– the scale of the overall implementation, which must be planned beforehand.
Other aspects to consider include
– the cost of IT personnel and support, and
– the cost of maintenance of the software including upgrades and integration capabilities with other software such as ERPs and PLMs, and
– the cost of the hardware per se, which struggles to remain relevant when technology lifecycles are so short.