Playing the supporting role: military in-service support moves forward with next-generation equipment

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Aviation & Defense, Strategy

Introducing a new asset into a military force used to be simple. Manufacturers made the equipment, the military bought and maintained it and, when it became obsolete, they invested in a new asset. But today, many military organizations don’t maintain their own equipment. Instead, they are choosing to outsource equipment maintenance to OEMs or third-party…

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Set IoT free, automate your business

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Mobility, Strategy

Part three of a three-part blog series on enhancing the Internet of Things (IoT): Part one introduced the standard IoT concept, part two explained how to boost analytical and security effectiveness and this part details the boost in delivering efficiency using innovative technologies to automate actions. IoT and the RPA performance boost IoT systems still…

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Service Employee

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Digital Transformation, Service Management, Strategy

A few moments ago, a press release was issued announcing that IFS has acquired WorkWave. This is the biggest acquisition IFS has ever made and it demonstrates our commitment and appetite to grow in the service market. The news comes on the same day that Gartner has published its 2017 Magic Quadrant for Field Service Management,…

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How to support your evolving omni-channel strategy with RFID and ERP

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Retail, Strategy, Supply Chain

RFID technology has risen to become a valuable element in better performing supply chain management, ensuring that the right products are available in the right place with no discrepancies. Retailers are experiencing challenges in keeping up with the inventory and visibility demands that today’s consumer-centric, competitive retail environment requires. RFID, supported by a multi-layered, flexible…

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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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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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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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