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Modular and offsite construction: evolution or revolution?

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Strategy

Modular offsite construction has been around for many years, but is it about to really take-off? There has been a lot of activity over the last 12 months that suggests this evolution may become a revolution, one that will drastically transform the construction industry. Key challenges and opportunities for the construction industry November 21-22, 2017,…

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Q&A: Why manufacturers are moving to service-based business models

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing, Research, Strategy

Expert advice on how manufacturers can provide services and solutions that supplement their traditional product offerings. In this Q&A, I ask our industrial manufacturing industry expert, Antony Bourne, to answer six questions on how manufacturers can benefit from service-based business models. Meet our industrial manufacturing industry expert As the Vice President of Global Industry Sales…

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Is bad enterprise software driving away your best employees?

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Digital Transformation

As complex industrial organizations seek to evolve, diversify, grow and change, there are a number of things that can hold them back. Poor enterprise software may not support their diversifying or developing operation. And this lack of enterprise software usability can cause talented managers to leave for greener pastures. A study IFS conducted of 200…

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Cryptocurrency – time for a rocket launch or a giant bubble burst?

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Finance

Since the publication of Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper, Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System in 2008, cryptocurrency led by Bitcoin, has been on a rollercoaster journey of discovery and legitimacy. But, with ‘Altcoins’ now joining Bitcoin in the hundreds, this $400 billion asset class is now being taken seriously by the financial establishment as a potential…

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Digital Transformation in Construction

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Research

The digital revolution is transforming the way organizations work, engage with their customers and generate revenue. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the construction, retail or healthcare sector, every industry is being impacted by the proliferation of devices, hyperconnectivity and emerging innovations like artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). This new and…

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A day in the life of Kenny the production planner

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing, Strategy

Production planning is never easy, but do you have a thought for those in food and beverage where nothing is ever straightforward? This is the story of Kenny, a production planner who I once met, and number one in a three-part series of stories. Kenny the planner – Specialty Peppery Salads (SPS) Thursday PM Kenny…

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Playing the supporting role: military in-service support moves forward with next-generation equipment

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Aviation & Defense, Strategy

Introducing a new asset into a military force used to be simple. Manufacturers made the equipment, the military bought and maintained it and, when it became obsolete, they invested in a new asset. But today, many military organizations don’t maintain their own equipment. Instead, they are choosing to outsource equipment maintenance to OEMs or third-party…

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What you need to know about quality assurance and management for the automotive industry

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Automotive, Business Technology, Strategy

Quality can be defined as “fitness for use as defined by the customer.” A quality product or service contributes to customer satisfaction; poor quality means ­dissatisfied customers. In today’s competitive marketplace, the process of controlling internal and external quality processes has become increasingly important and more complex for all ­companies. Especially in the automotive industry,…

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