ERP: the building block that drives personalization

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

An omni-channel transaction may be triggered on a smart screen, but delivering on it depends on end-to-end goods visibility, planning and forecasting supply, demand and inventory all in real time. To truly deliver personalization across channels, retailers’ suggestions come from the same source: their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Omni-channel capabilities are making it easier…

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Corporate Social Responsibility

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Automotive, Aviation & Defense, Construction and Contracting, Energy and Utilities, Engineering and Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing, Research, Retail, Service Management, Strategy, Supply Chain

No time like the present… or maybe tomorrow. Have you seen that comic where a medieval king in full armor turns down a machine gun salesman with the words “No thanks, I have to prepare for battle.”? It’s a nod to all those companies who are too busy doing their day-to-day to plan for the…

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The UK Smart Meter Programme: Meeting the challenges in an evolving market

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Energy and Utilities, Research, Strategy, Supply Chain

In the UK, our government has told energy suppliers that they must install smart gas and electricity meters in every home and small business by 2020. The issue here, which is the same for any major project undertaking, is the question of whether this an achievable target and what can be done to mitigate delays,…

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6 business benefits of Blockchain

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Finance, Strategy

Blockchain was born to provide legitimacy to its Bitcoin master after the financial cataclysm of 2008. At its heart is a rebellious disdain for central authoritative control, offering instead a decentralized network of self-compliance and regulation. But the servant has become the master, offering business benefits not envisaged during its conception. In fact, it’s nothing…

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3 traits of a successful channel partner

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in IFS Academy, Strategy

Partner ecosystems are a vital component to the majority of enterprise software vendors although few articulate what makes their top partners successful. Over the years, IFS has been focused on enabling new and old partners to focus on three key qualities that have proven to be the cornerstones of an elite partner. At IFS, we…

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IIoT

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Aviation & Defense, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Events, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

Enjoying a front row seat as the industrial internet of things (IIoT) turns into a practical reality via tech transfer. When it comes to ensuring economic growth and development, there are few better places to invest than academic research. The annual AUTM Licensing Activity Survey, which reports on private sector licensing of intellectual property originating…

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Field service management software post-implementation

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Service Management

Study offers a peek behind the kimono of post-implementation reality. Nothing is ever as we think it’s going to be. Being an adult, getting married or earning that degree or promotion, we think all of these things will be transformational, and they are, but not as we had imagined or hoped. Implementing field service management…

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by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Aviation & Defense

It’s been ten years since I left Mxi Technologies – a lot has changed since then. It’s good to be back as part of the IFS management team. It’s an exciting time in the aviation world. In commercial aviation, the huge growth in passenger numbers is creating fresh opportunities for IFS, particularly in Asia and…

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Is IT policy a speed bump on the way to EAM software mobility?

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Business Technology, Mobility

What is keeping you from the benefits of mobile enterprise asset management in your plant? As Plant Services magazine contributor Sheila Kennedy points out, it was not long ago that maintenance technicians would print work orders, complete tasks and then, at the end of their shift, enter the details on work performed, parts consumed and…

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