by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Strategy

I read a very interesting post on this blog by Martin Gunnarson, who is the Director for Research and Strategy at IFS. The title is “Owning Enterprise Software Doesn’t Add Value To Your Business; Using It Does!” Reading Martin’s words inspired me to share my view about what role an ERP system plays within a…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Strategy, Supply Chain

To measure your supply chain’s performance, take a look at these three variables. Two years ago I had the pleasure of participating in Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference in London. I joined a couple of presentations about supply chain segmentation that I found really interesting. I went home and wrote a couple of blog posts…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Strategy

There are some specific pitfalls and dangers involved with this strategy that need to be carefully addressed before you take the decision to implement a global single-instance ERP system. IFS Applications was born in Sweden, a small country in northern Europe with a tiny population of 9 million people. It didn’t take long before we had…

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

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a broad concept that describes a corporate initiative to assess and take responsibility for a company’s effects on the environment and impact on social welfare that generally goes beyond what may be required by regulators or environmental protection groups. Generally, CSR isn’t about an immediate financial benefit to the company,…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Process Manufacturing

As the person responsible for process manufacturing at IFS, I often get asked whether IFS Applications is certified for a particular standard or legislation. It’s a valid question as process manufacturers are under constant pressure from authorities and customers to comply with various quality standards or industry-specific legislation. It may be HACCP for food and…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

Of the many contemporary challenges facing an industry like paint and coatings, supply chain management is a critical one at a time when industry trends point to strong projected growth across the board during the next few years as economies in major markets continue to recover from the recession. My first contact with the paint…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Process Manufacturing

As an industry director for process manufacturing at IFS, I enjoy being in the middle of everything that is happening in this vital market space. And we get to discuss and address all of the changes and trends affecting the process manufacturing industry at the IFS Process Manufacturing Industry Advisory Council meetings, which include some…

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by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Process Manufacturing

IFS has released a new solution for inventory planning. Even though the solution is a brand new development it was heavily inspired by a product extension that had been offered to our Scandinavian customer base for over ten years. In order to be able to offer this product globally it was included as a part the core IFS Applications. As we included the extension into core we also made some major enhancements of the solution. The most significant being vastly improved performance.

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by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Process Manufacturing

Mixed mode manufacturing means that you combine make-to-stock (MTS) and make-to-order (MTO) in one common supply chain. The value proposition of this is that you can strike a balance between efficiency and flexibility across the product range by assigning different supply models to different products. In order to implement a strategy for a process manufacturing company it is important to have an enterprise software system such as IFS Applications that can support not only industry specific requirements for example formulations and multiple units of measure, but also mixed mode manufacturing.

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Process Manufacturing

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference in London. One of the many interesting topics discussed was Supply Chain Segmentation. Segmentation lets companies boost profitability by tailoring multiple supply chains within one physical flow. This made me think about how ERP vendors such as IFS can support companies to implement segmented supply chains.

The supply chain segmentation example Gartner shared resonated with me.

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