Since manufacturing is more of a hands-on industry than other sectors – think assembly line workers on a plant floor or maintenance workers repairing machines – remote work has been more of a challenge. Nevertheless, because the pandemic shut down many facilities, 58% of manufacturing organizations in the IDG survey accelerated or launched new initiatives to improve remote work and collaboration capabilities – in line with other industries and markets across the globe.
For manufacturing firms, supporting a remote workforce means using cloud-based collaboration tools and technologies. And it appears likely manufacturing will continue to extend those capabilities for supporting a hybrid, flexible collaborative workplace even after emerging from the pandemic. This represents a massive cultural shift for the industry.