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COLUMN BY REEVE FRITCHMAN E FFICIENCY Reach for the Sky managing the cloud can improve your supply chain efficiency ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Recent changes across the technology landscape have forced IT leaders to put their heads “in the cloud.” As businesses seek new and creative approaches to overcome reduced operating budgets, smaller staffs and the onset of more complex social and mobile technologies, cloud computing’s popularity is growing nearly as fast as the hype. 16 WINTER 2012 While the recent buzz has led supply chain professionals to consider moving to the cloud, the industry overall has been hesitant to join the external outsourcing movement. For some, the perceived costs to make their infrastructure “cloud-ready” and compatible with existing (and disparate) partner systems outweigh the operational benefits. Additionally, there is fear that moving business data to the cloud will expose them and their customers to security breaches and operational failures. Yes, the cloud is “the next big

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
Wauseon Machine
Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Carbide Products
Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
Metrolina Greenhouses
LaSalle Bristol LP
Clarion Bathware
DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012