Written by Rachel Holmes

[Webinar Recap] It’s Time to Focus on Digital Acceptance

Last month, I had the opportunity to join IpX President Joseph Anderson and my colleague John Heller on our joint webinar Maintaining Continuity in Shifting Environments. We had a very engaging and diverse discussion on how to modernize business processes and embrace technologies like Vertex to connect your business ecosystem. Although we talked in great length about several topics, I’d like to focus on three in particular: digital acceptance, cloud security, and staying connected.

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Digital Acceptance vs Legacy Processes

Joseph, John, and I talked at great length about the idea of legacy processes and manufacturers' struggles with our new work-from-home upheaval. Companies have perhaps thought that they embraced digital transformation with a complex network of CAD, PLM, ERP, and other systems. Yet, we’re emailing screenshots back and forth and creating orphaned data. Many are cutting corners in our workflows that may have drastic ramifications with product quality and IP security. As Joseph calls it, it’s time to shift our focus to digital acceptance to modernize business models, operate across the supply chain, and connect teams.

Even with all the challenges of remote collaboration, we still need to get work done, connect with customers, and communicate down the supply chain. That’s where Vertex comes in. We enable companies to come together and pivot to a more agile approach. Companies come together in our common platform, see and visualize the data, and collaborate from anywhere.

The Truth About Cloud Security

I would be remiss to not touch on our extensive discussion regarding legacy processes and mindsets surrounding the cloud. Vertex hears all the time from the people that we talk to: “We can’t do cloud-based solutions. It’s not secure enough. I can’t put my valuable, proprietary data at risk, we have to keep it in our local servers.” We discussed two aspects to this mindset:

  • Consider what your company is doing right now to keep data secure. Especially as we’re all work-from-home, what you once thought was secure is not. We’re sharing screenshots with suppliers, who share them with Tier 2 suppliers. We’re sharing our screen during video calls, which may display sensitive information. So really - are you as secure as you think?
  • Consider what the cloud is today. The cloud providers that vendors like Vertex use to build our platforms have developed the latest and greatest in security best practices. Their entire livelihoods are built on keeping data secure, and they’ve developed methods that are above and beyond anything your local IT team can do on their own.

As many manufacturers are quickly discovering, their legacy processes aren’t helping them scale or stay agile in times of crisis. Vertex takes your data security extremely seriously, and we do it in a way that keeps your work moving and helps you stay connected to your teams. We enable you to have transparency and control over who has access to your data, and lets you pull it back at any time.

Remove Barriers to Data to Stay Connected

As Joseph said, “Staying connected now is more important than ever.” Right now, and every day through 2020, companies are asking themselves, “How do I maintain business continuity while protecting my employees?” You do it by improving silos between departments and connections through the supply chain.

Vertex has long embraced the idea of freeing product data to the enterprise and connecting it to real-time, 3D visuals. When people have access and ownership over data, they can more quickly and easily make strategic business decisions. Whether it’s to visualize product performance in the field or identify optimizations early in design, removing barriers to data gives your company more success.

In this part of our discussion, Joseph challenged John to an on-the-spot sneak peek of the platform. If you haven’t seen Vertex in action yet, I highly suggest downloading this webinar to see how it works (you can even skip ahead to 31:30 to see it).

Conclusion

It’s human nature to want to be curious and innovative. We are all driven to optimize and improve. My major takeaway from this conversion is that, despite the innovative nature of manufacturers, most are stuck doing things the same old ways. Use your natural curiosity to ask hard questions and evaluate new solutions critically. And use the new normal to challenge your status quo and identify what hasn’t worked well so you can improve.

I encourage you to check out the Vertex platform to see how it could modernize your legacy processes. As Joseph said, “Vertex gets it.” You can download and watch the webinar here.

About Rachel Holmes

Rachel has been a content marketer in the technology space for her entire professional career. Whether she writes about game-changing hardware or software technology, her top priority is creating value for her readers. At Vertex Software, she is consistently putting herself in someone else’s shoes—asking tough questions and finding ways to teach the most challenging of concepts in a simple way.