Microsoft makes further bid to capture the Cloud

Mega-corporation Microsoft is attempting to persuade the world and its canine friend to accept its view of cloud computing.

And today it claimed that cloud computing is changing the manufacturing industry, based on a survey of 152 business and IT decision makers in diverse sectors including aerospace, high tech, automotive, electronics and makers of industrial kit.

You won’t be surprised to learn that 48.3 percent of the people it surveyed thought lowered costs was the most important reason for switching to the cloud. That was followed by 47.7 percent of people who wanted better collaboration across different countries. And 38.4 percent thought cloud could help them respond faster to business needs.

And as sure as there can be sunshine on a rainy day, Microsoft believes that it has the answer with a concept called the Reference Architecture Framework for Discrete Manufacturers (DIRA Framework). Its current partners include Apriso, Camstar Systems, Iconics, Rockwell Automation, Siemens and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

Perhaps IBM, HP and the rest of those jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon will beg to differ that Microsoft has the best answer, while corporations, no doubt, will think hard and long before shunting their manufacturing systems into the tender and loving paws of the Vole.