Figure 1 MTO

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.

Read more

Old Machintosh computer

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology

I have just returned from three months paternity leave, and I must say that in addition to enjoying time with my kids it has been quite refreshing to experience IT “out of business”. Rather than reading IT press, the last few months I have seen how the iPads and Windows 8 devices work in the hands of my kids, their cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

Read more

Field Service Management

by   |    |   1 minute  |  in IFS Radio Network, Service Management

What Tom Devroy has to say about these three Field Service Management trends… This field service management post is courtesy of our Vice President of Sales, Tom Devroy: In this podcast hear Tom discuss 3 main trends that are affecting field service management operations. Three trends driving the industry include: Mobility Scheduling Optimization Software-as-a-Service Mobility…

Read more

Reverse Logistics Logo

by   |    |   1 minute  |  in Events, Service Management

This reverse logistics post reflects on our recent visit to the Reverse Logistics Association trade show in Las Vegas.   Thank you to those of you who visited us at Reverse Logistics Association’s 10th Annual Conference and Expo. Our goal at the show was to meet today’s key service management leaders… and that is what…

Read more

reverse logistics barcode

by   |    |   1 minute  |  in IFS Radio Network, Service Management

This reverse logistics podcast is courtesy of Senior Vice President, Larry Laux: Reverse logistics gets its name in relation to forward logistics. As a business sells products, they can have the products moved from a warehouse directly to the consumer or to distributors. Reverse logistics, as the name implies, is exactly the opposite. Part of…

Read more

A&D, Mobility, IFS

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Aviation & Defense

The consumer world is unable to function without a smartphone and/or a tablet and has moved on from brick-sized analogue devices to wafer thin smartphones with processing capabilities comparable to those of laptops. New technology is constantly pushing the boundaries of what we can expect from our mobile devices. The A&D market is trending in a similar direction primarily driven by the demand for industrial workforce productivity combined with dramatic improvements that can be achieved in military operational effectiveness. The big question remaining is exactly what role mobile apps could play in defense strategy.

Read more


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.

Read more

Food & Vegetables - Blog Post Final

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Events, Service Management

This field service management post is on behalf of Regional Sales Reps, Michael Cox: Michael recently attended the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association (CFESA) and North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Association (NAFEM) trade shows in Orlando, FL. Here are his thoughts on how field service management software fits in with these shows… What…

Read more


by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Construction and Contracting

Your business is a Project Centric Business that constructs large assets, so you buy a business solution that was designed for making cars – Is there a better way? If you construct ships, buildings, oil platforms, bridges, infrastructure, complex equipment etc. then your business processes are very different from a company that builds high volume products like cars or computers.

Read more