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by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing

A recent survey showed 88% of companies said that they were undergoing digital transformation, however only 25% understood what it was. As a manufacturer, the term digital transformation may be foreign, but in fact, manufacturers have been using digital technologies for many years already. If you think about it, EDI has been commonplace for a…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing

Choosing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software package to run your industrial or high-tech manufacturing business is one of the biggest decisions that you are likely to make for your company – and one that should not be taken lightly. Whatever your decision may be, it will have a huge impact on your workload, your business,…

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Asset Management

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Research, Strategy

At the end of 2015, IFS carried out a global survey of over 1,000 IT decision makers from companies in 12 countries. The survey aimed to gather insight on the subject of change in businesses: its relevance, impact and drivers. The results revealed a number of interesting trends across different vertical industries and here, Antony…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing

IFS’s Global Industry Director for the manufacturing sector, Antony Bourne, predicts how three key trends will be impacting the industry during 2016. The number of smart machines used in manufacturing will double in the next three years The use of smart machines in manufacturing is growing rapidly; by 2018, 50 percent of the fastest growing…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Strategy

If IoT is to go beyond the hype, then users need to be convinced of its business value before its full potential can be met. There’s been a huge amount of excitement around the Internet of Things (IoT) and its potential to transform experiences across our day-to-day lives. Google is awash with articles extolling the…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Manufacturing, Strategy

In the new IT-ready workplace, businesses really have no excuse to ignore the obvious benefits that demand forecasting brings. What do you do when it starts to rain? Just hope it stops soon or reach for that demand forecasting-shaped umbrella? Enabling greater control, longevity and productivity, demand forecasting helps to reduce costs in quiet periods…

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Gartner crowd

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Events, Manufacturing

One conference that I always enjoy going to is the Gartner Symposium because I always gain insight into topics that interest me as well as listen to their predictions about the future. This year, I will be part of a strong IFS presence at two Gartner Symposiums – Orlando, Florida from October 4-8; and Barcelona,…

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3D manufacturing

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing

If you’re anything like me, you’re finding it increasingly difficult to be (and stay) wowed by the spectacular feats of 3D printing (and similar manufacturing methods). Not because it’s an irrelevant technology – quite the opposite. 3D printing is already an established part of the manufacturing industry, especially when it comes to R&D, prototyping, or…

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by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Manufacturing

Since 1998, NEC have been a valued partner of IFS, and one success factor of the partnership is the similarities in culture that we both share. Both NEC and IFS have an open and collaborative way of working which means, from an operational point of view, that both companies have been “Empowered By Innovation.” This…

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