by   |    |   1 minute  |  in Business Technology

Selecting and implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is something most companies, if they are fortunate, only do every 15 years or so. That means that it is hard to build the skill set necessary to run a successful selection and implementation. In this month’s extended interview segment of the IFS Radio Network podcast series,…

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

IFS’ first customer was a nuclear power plant. And anyone who works for or is close to IFS will have heard the story about how the company’s earnest, diligent founders pitched a tent on the grounds of that plant so they could work double shifts and complete the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) on schedule….

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Research

In the enterprise software space, a spot in the “leaders” sector of the Gartner Magic Quadrant is akin to getting a lunch table at New York City’s legendary movie star hangout, Elaine’s (at least before the namesake owner’s passing and subsequent closing of the restaurant). It could be likened to the enterprise software equivalent of…

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by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Research

Determining the return on investment (ROI) of enterprise software is never easy. The sheer number of parts of the organization ERP software touches mean that measuring ROI requires a heavy investment in time, a certain amount of intellectual rigor and extensive cooperation from the end user company. In determining ROI, Forrester relies on its own…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Mobility, Research, Strategy

Can the enterprise provide access to corporate data while retaining control over access from multiple devices, over some of which it has limited control? Is the ROI worth the effort and cost entailed in securing mobile access? And what are enterprises doing today to address these key issues? We asked 200 CIOs in the UK for their attitudes.

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing

As I talk with customers at our IFS industry councils and at other professional events, I find many manufacturers and industrial organizations are already using 3D printing. As a rule, they are using this technology in the research and development setting and for prototypes. 3D printers have traditionally rendered items in plastic, but now, a…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology

Companies that succeed are the ones that embrace change. They have the built-in flexibility to respond to fast-changing business conditions.  The power to change is achieved through business transformation. And technology and business transformation go hand in hand.  Having the ability to transform and change business processes and systems quickly is a big differentiator. The…

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by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Events

Change — inexorable, accelerating and disruptive — was a main theme of the IFS World Conference in Barcelona. P.J. Jakovljevic, in this in-depth report (available for download with your free Technology Evaluation Center log-in) elaborated on how this may have been appropriate given the economic, political and technological change confronting us. “Given the state of…

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