In the first part of this two-part series, we examined the current state of the craft beer industry in the United States and some of the ways in which enterprise cloud computing can help breweries reduce costs. In the second and final installment of this series, we will examine three other critical ways in which cloud computing can improve businesses in this space.

3) Ideal for overseeing all assets
Between the brewing vats, crates of raw supplies, tubes and other pieces of equipment needed to make the final product – plus all of the equipment that exists in many other businesses like forklifts, trucks, POS systems and the like – breweries have a lot of equipment to keep track of and to maintain. In the past keeping tabs on everything involved manually filling out spreadsheets, a time-intensive manual process.

One of the key benefits of cloud computing is its automation capabilities, as the technology can relieve teams of the manual oversight tasks previously done by manual teams. Especially as the Internet of Things comes to the fore in this industry, breweries can use enterprising cloud computing platforms to aggregate and best make sense of all of the data coming from their installed sensor base.

4) Can expand as the brewery grows
While just about every brewery starts off very small, hopefully it expands as the craft beer market grows and as beer-drinking audiences flock to its product. While any growth is obviously a good thing for a business, any level of expansion can present initially unforeseen obstacles. For example, just going from using one server to needing three of them means a business would have to purchase additional equipment (always an expensive proposition) and take time out of IT's day to provision them, a process that can take many hours or days to get right.

Instead of this route, a brewery can leverage the cloud. Enterprise cloud computing is inherently scalable, as a cloud service provider can drum up additional compute or storage resource for a customer in mere minutes. This way, IT resource quickly and easily expands with the brewery without presenting them with any unnecessary headaches or excess costs.

5) Keeps remote and traveling workers connected
While most breweries have just one location, that does not mean they don't have any travel needs. In particular, many businesses in this space send representatives and supplies to numerous beer-related events to serve their product and help get their name out. These are not necessarily one-off events either, and every day there are dozens of different ones going on across the nation, according to RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. Plus there are over 70 different beer weeks in different cities and regions in the country in a given year now, according to the Brewers Association, and each week may have dozens of different events that a business in this space may want to have a presence at in some capacity.

By embracing enterprise cloud computing, breweries can be sure that their traveling employees always have access to mission-critical resources and are able to stay on the same page with those working at the main facility. Unlike traditional on-premises infrastructure, the cloud provides access to anyone with an Internet connection typically, significantly expanding the reach a company has.

By embracing the myriad benefits of cloud computing, a brewery can expect to reduce costs and improve profitability by relying on third-party expertise and infrastructure. With the cloud, a business is much more flexible and better able to quickly address any challenge while fostering a new level of internal collaboration. Of course breweries are not the only companies that can expect to realize these benefits for cloud computing, as any organization – no matter what industry it is in or what circumstances it faces – can see advantages from cloud computing.