The pandemic coupled with supply chain disruptions have led to an increased urgency for the digital transformation of supply chain operations. A defined digital strategy leads to more streamlined and more efficient supply chains that can take advantage of automation and other emerging technologies.
However, these supply chain efficiencies and cybersecurity are closely intertwined. While increased reliance on technology brings numerous benefits, it also brings new priorities and requires action to mitigate cybersecurity risks as more and more data is connected and shared between employees, suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders.
To mitigate these new cyber threats, firms must reevaluate their data integrity and security processes as they manage their partners to ensure transparency, flexibility, and adaptability. Success moving forward will require effective and continuous oversight to ensure cyber-resilience and digital trust over the entire supply chain ecosystem. An active, focused approach to cybersecurity is essential to avoid crime-related delays, data breaches and financial losses.
This issue of MHI Solutions tackles this important topic by uncovering best practices, tools and real-world examples of how leading firms are investing in connected data and cybersecurity. Another important resource for digital transformation will be the 2023 MHI Annual Industry Report. This report will debut during ProMat 2023, March 20-23.
ProMat, which is the largest manufacturing and supply chain trade event of 2023, is previewed in this issue of MHI Solutions. ProMat will include over 900 exhibits from leading solution providers and a comprehensive educational conference with over 150 sessions focusing on best-in-class solutions for manufacturing and supply chain operations. ProMat exhibits will represent all segments of the material handling and supply chain industry, from traditional, manual equipment to computerized, automated systems and smart, connected, and collaborative technologies.
From manufacturing and assembly, IT, fulfillment and delivery, robotics and automation and emerging digital technologies there will be many exciting new solutions to evaluate and select. Be sure to attend ProMat 2023 to learn and experience the best innovative solutions for your business. You can learn more about this comprehensive event starting on page 74.
I encourage you to use resources like ProMat, the MHI Annual Industry Report and MHI Solutions to research and choose the right solution for your unique supply chain needs.
I hope you enjoy this issue, and that it inspires you to innovate while protecting your data and your operations.