by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Manufacturing, Mobility, Process Manufacturing, Strategy

The power of digital transformation is so strong that it can change an entire industry. Companies that change the way an industry does business on the foundation of digital technologies are called digital disruptors. Netflix, Spotify, Airbnb, Uber and Alibaba are digital disruptors. Digital transformation refers to how companies leverage digital technologies to change a…

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by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Energy and Utilities, Strategy

The Internet of Things really is here, so set your strategy now. But what must energy and utility companies do in order to seize this opportunity? At a recent ARC Industry Forum, the evidence was all around me. From tram doors in Oslo to the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland to healthcare clinics in the…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Automotive, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Events

Take the opportunity to visit us in person in the IFS booth in Hall 5, Stand G08 at CeBIT 2016.   CeBIT is the largest and most internationally represented computer expo. The trade fair is held each year on the Hanover fairground, Germany. It is considered a barometer of current trends and a measure of…

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Odette 2015

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Automotive, Events, Strategy, Supply Chain

What I saw and heard at Odette 2015. During the first week of December, I joined over 250 decision-makers and experts from across the global automotive industry at Odette 2015 in Munich. I attended many interesting presentations and had some great discussions on the IFS exhibition stand. I’d like to share some of my impressions…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing, Strategy, Supply Chain

2016 will be another year for businesses in the process industry to watch and learn. In 2016, we will see a significant increase in process manufacturing companies collecting transactional data and exploring the Internet of Things (IoT) to increase traceability. IoT is still relatively new to process manufacturing, though, so things aren’t going to happen overnight….

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Strategy

If IoT is to go beyond the hype, then users need to be convinced of its business value before its full potential can be met. There’s been a huge amount of excitement around the Internet of Things (IoT) and its potential to transform experiences across our day-to-day lives. Google is awash with articles extolling the…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Service Management

When do technological innovations go from being trends to just being parts of everyday life? Put slightly differently: When do they stop being “the next big thing” and are just perceived as “a big thing”? As I have argued before (most recently in Logistics Business IT Magazine), the Internet of Things (IoT) definitely belongs to…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology

While many understand the general principle, it’s increasingly common for IoT to be used incorrectly and describe a different type of technology, that of M2M. To help you understand the difference between the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, let me explain how IFS enables better dinner parties. For starters Once you’d RSVP’d…

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by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Business Technology, IFS Radio Network, Service Management, Strategy

Internet of Things (IoT) is the latest three-letter acronym (TLA) in an industry that loves to come up with new TLAs for use in our prodigious streams of hyperbole-laden marketing collateral. And David Essex of TechTarget, one of the more astute enterprise software journalists out there is not afraid to call a spade a spade….

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Industry 4.0

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, IFS Labs, Mobility, Research, Strategy

2014 will go down in history as the year when the Internet of Things (IoT) hype peaked. Thus the interesting question becomes what will happen next? Will IoT follow the usual pattern of a set-back due to overinflated expectations, only to return later as widely adopted part of our lives? Or will IoT be the exception that goes directly from hype to use?

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