Data scientists: the who, why and how

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Manufacturing, Research, Strategy

Not enough is currently being done to create and nurture the talents required to create a pool of data scientists. As manufacturing becomes increasingly digitized, the need for well-trained, capable data scientists will only increase. As an industry, manufacturing has come a long way in embracing new technologies such as big data, the internet of…

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mobile applications for field service management

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Mobility, Service Management, Strategy

A mobile application that’s configured to your business needs may be exactly what your field technicians need so that they’re more productive. Let’s face it, your field technicians need to generate revenue. To generate revenue, you need to get the right technicians to a customer site as quickly as possible—and with the right parts necessary…

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Labor valuation using the “Dark Side of the Moon”

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Finance, Strategy

Squaring the circle between valuing labor and adding value to labor is a key to unlocking pent-up potential in business and fostering business growth. But perhaps it needn’t be such a dilemma as a combination of strategy and HCM systems may just hold the answer. Sometimes, from obscure conversations, nuggets of wisdom are born. And…

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offshore maintenance

by   |    |   1 minute  |  in Asset Intensive, Business Technology, Oil & Gas, Strategy

What is it really about? Getting on the bandwagon or actually optimizing operational performance? Asset performance management (APM) has become a popular buzzword for anything that helps asset-intensive organizations to get the most value out of their costly equipment investments. To enable an APM strategy, you really need to understand your underlying cost structures and…

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Fire up your digital transformation and increase profitability 26% using a connected strategy

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Digital Transformation, Events, Finance, Research, Strategy

At the 2017 IDC Directions event in Boston, the full potential for businesses who adopt (and have adopted) digital transformation was laid bare for all to see. But for me, the question is more how you may deploy it rather than whether you should, and for that, I believe what is required is a ‘connected…

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field service technicians

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Service Management, Strategy

How field service technicians can increase customer satisfaction by providing customers with a voice. Don’t be the field engineer who hits the mute button on your customer. It’s easy to fall into today’s technology trap. The customer reports a symptom, assumes you know the resolution and that you’ll be able to walk right in and…

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4 reasons you might be avoiding IoT-themed blogs like this one

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Applications 9, Asset Intensive, Automotive, Aviation & Defense, Business Agility, Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Creativity & Innovation, Energy and Utilities, Engineering and Infrastructure, IFS Labs, Manufacturing, Mobility, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing, Research, Retail, Service Management, Supply Chain

With so much information about IoT out there, you may feel reluctant about reading this blog post – but don’t. This is one you’ll be happy you read. Do you remember where you were or what you were doing the first time the term ‘Internet of Things’ caught your attention? I do. I was sitting…

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Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s Pros to Know awards program

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing, Supply Chain

It comes as no surprise to anyone in the IFS family that once again, IFS Senior Advisor Bill Leedale has been recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s Pros to Know awards program. This is not his first turn at the winner’s podium either. Leedale is a fixture on this list of experts, as well he should be….

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How modern ERP software facilitates real-world digital transformation

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Digital Transformation

Layered application architecture delivers enterprise agility. Defining digital transformation is hard enough. Wikipedia defines it as “the change associated with the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society.” Technopedia says the term refers to how “companies are striving to keep up with changing business environments brought about by customer demand and technology.”…

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