Avanade invites MADE Cymru to take part in manufacturing podcast


Avanade has been working with MADE Cymru and University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) on an applied industry innovation project that uses Microsoft technologies to uncover immersive solutions for manufacturers of the future. The ambition is to help manufacturers (large and small) to explore further opportunities to rethink new ways of working, apply more resilient operations and deliver agile innovative solutions for the factories of the future. 

Avanade is supporting the manufacturing industry with a Rethink Manufacturing campaign and has created a series of podcasts. MADE Cymru’s Graham Howe was invited to take part in the first one to discuss the key challenges facing today’s manufacturing world and the need to embrace new technologies to decrease waste and increase productivity.

The podcast Graham features in is the first of a series of three on the future of manufacturing focusing on three key areas; Podcast 1 – Transform your workforce and workers, Podcast 2 – Resilience, Podcast 3 – Agility (Innovation). You can listen to the first podcast here:

The Future of Manufacturing Industry Podcast – Episode 1: Transform your workforce and workplace

David Morgan, Global Industry and Solutions Marketing Lead for Manufacturing at Avanade said “Upskilling the workforce is a key challenge facing manufacturers and only through an active dialogue and continued collaboration with members of academia and the wider industry can we boost and future-proof manufacturing in the UK – this podcast is just one example of how we’re working with MADE Cymru to achieve this”.

Graham Howe said, “Never has it been more important for manufacturers to look at ways of embracing Industry 4.0 technologies to advance their processes, systems and productivity. Covid has accelerated both the need to look at supply chains and also understand which of the new technologies will give the most economic benefits. MADE Cymru has been working with Welsh manufacturers by offering courses in Upskilling for Industry 4.0 and Innovation Management – these help the workforce recognise what technologies can have a positive impact on their businesses. Working with Avanade is super-boosting what we offer and I was thrilled to be asked to take part in this important podcast”.

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences on the Microsoft ecosystem. With 39,000 professionals in 25 countries, they are the power behind the Accenture Microsoft Business Group, helping companies to engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations and transform products, leveraging the Microsoft platform. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation.

MADE Cymru is a suite of programmes designed to navigate organisations through Industry 4.0 via collaborative research & development and upskilling. Part/Fully Funded by the European Social Fund/European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Delivered by University of Wales Trinity Saint David. For a limited time, MADE Cymru’s Upskilling for Industry 4.0 and Innovation Management courses are fully funded for eligible Welsh businesses. These online modules can be studied as bite-sized modules or as a full Masters.