SONY DSC

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Strategy

In a previous post on the importance of operational knowledge to business agility, we use a colorful analogy make clear that if you can’t see what is happening in real time, you cannot adjust to change as it unfolds. No Single Individual Stands Out Like The Greatest Perhaps the best agility lessons come from the world of sports,…

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turn-on-the-light

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Strategy

Next time you make this mistake, consider it as a lesson in business agility. It is dark in the house, and for whatever reason, you are stumbling around in your sock feet. Maybe the dog was barking at something, or perhaps the slice of key lime pie in the refrigerator was making altogether too much…

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Theodore Levitt

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Strategy

What business are you really in? Today, you may be in the aerospace components business. Or the power generation business. Or perhaps you manufacture pumps and fluid handling systems or operate an oil and gas pipeline. For many of us, the answer to this question is different than it would have been 10 years ago….

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ERP like dipping your business in concrete business agility

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Strategy

It is an old joke, that may sometimes target specific software vendors, that implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software or other enterprise software may be akin to dipping your business in concrete. You go into a room with a systems integrator and re-engineer your processes for six months. You then go through an implementation process…

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global erp

by   |    |   1 minute  |  in Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Business Technology, IFS Radio Network, Manufacturing, Strategy

Most enterprise resource planning (ERP) software products have the capability to handle businesses that operate from multiple sites, even when these sites are in different countries or on different continents. But in this month’s interview edition of the IFS Radio Network, IFS process manufacturing and supply chain expert Jakob Björklund discusses the finer points of achieving…

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corvette

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Strategy

Whether you are a dyed-in-the-wool auto enthusiast or just someone like me who has a more spirited driving style, you appreciate not only the power and speed a vehicle gives you, but the handling characteristics. And what is handling? The dictionary definition will focus on the ability of a wheeled vehicle to handle corners and…

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ERP Podcast Series from IFS

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing, Strategy

ISO standards are a lot of things. Specifications for products and services. A third party stamp of approval for quality, efficiency and best practices. And let’s face it … ISO standards can be the butt of plenty of jokes. Even Dilbert creator Scott Adams riffs on ISO standards frequently. Quality consultants Simply Quality have generated a humorous procedure…

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courthouse

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

Regardless of your position on government mandates for corporate social responsibility, one thing is certain. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rule, and related regulations pending around the world, are going to be a massive headache as manufacturers try to understand what is required to stay out of trouble with regulators, activist organizations and…

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