by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Automotive, Business Technology, IFS Radio Network, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

General Motors has issued about 70 recalls in the course of 2014, as of this writing. These recalls are enumerated here, by CNN. These recalls affect as few as five and as many as 3 million vehicles. I am not sure that list is even complete. I myself just last week received a recall notice for…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Strategy

In this entertaining post, blogger Paul Cooper takes a lighthearted look at business agility by deconstructing the egregious errors committed by the nefarious Galactic Empire in the Star Wars saga. The Empire is a huge, top-down bureaucratic organization if ever there was one, and they commit a number of blunders. They fail to break large…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Strategy

…selecting and implementing enterprise software would be a lot easier. Sure, you would still need to ensure that whatever enterprise resource planning (ERP) or enterprise asset management (EAM) software you select would meet your immediate functional needs. But enterprise software tends to stay in place for a decade or more. Over that time, a lot…

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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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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 Automotive, Aviation & Defense, 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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