Digital Single Market: Security Theme. ERP systems meet the Cloud

News of 06.10.2017

The creation of a single digital market is coming.

The European Commission has outlined a strategic plan to achieve free flow of data and facilitate its circulation, with particular focus on the protection of information. This is in response to the increasing willingness of European companies to choose online services, including Cloud computing, a digital service that collects big amounts of information. This decision represents a great step forward for the IoT, thanks to the direct intervention of an Institution about the web world.

In fact, the promotion of international data traffic increases business growth and the level of competitiveness, by extending the internal market. The next step has been the standard classification of data, that applies to the European Union and guarantees maximum security for businesses.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the document produced by the European Commission for the Protection of Personal Data of Citizens, which will become official on the 25th of May, 2018. The main objective is to give citizens control of their personal data by simplifying privacy-related legislation.

The quality standards achieved so far and the new legislation will grow the world of Cloud computing, creating new important opportunities for businesses that decide to choose its services. Especially SMEs, who previously could not invest their budget in a technological renewal, are now in the ideal conditions to focus on an internal reorganization that speeds up and improves the production processes.

Cloud is a set of technologies capable of "reasoning" on received information and archiving them through hardware and software tools on the network. It is a scalable, absolutely reliable infrastructure that gives back new computing and storage functions in a short time. Cloud Services (for ERP Systems and MES Manufacturing Execution Systems) are software-managed servers that work by distributing data to all available servers and eventually even new ones, resulting in increased capacity of the system itself.

The specific benefits offered to companies that have opted to join Cloud Services, are:

• The distance between the ERP in use and the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is shorter

• The volume and speed of Big Data are no longer critical, thanks to an infrastructure that distributes content on multiple computers (horizontal scalability) and increases the performance of individual nodes (vertical scalability)

• Artificial intelligence supports Analytics and Data Mining, so it simplifies procedures by providing a SaaS service

• The process from product design to its distribution is faster and costs are optimized thanks to data visibility and demand planning. Such flexibility allows you to modify the size of the hardware infrastructure in real time by creating realistic experiments, thus avoiding costly investments.

• Cloud computing connects workstations in real-time directly through IoT and provides collaboration, that consists in shared access to data by operators, anywhere and from any device

• Changes are handled efficiently through their documentation and transmission

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