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

No matter the industry, company, or country, reducing time-intensive tasks and costs is always a good thing. Often times in business when we hear or read the word “reduce” it invokes negative feelings — especially after the United States’ Great Recession in 2008 that led many companies to reduce its workforce and budgets. While the word “reduce”…

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Asset Management

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Research, Strategy

At the end of 2015, IFS carried out a global survey of over 1,000 IT decision makers from companies in 12 countries. The survey aimed to gather insight on the subject of change in businesses: its relevance, impact and drivers. The results revealed a number of interesting trends across different vertical industries and here, Antony…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing

IFS’s Global Industry Director for the manufacturing sector, Antony Bourne, predicts how three key trends will be impacting the industry during 2016. The number of smart machines used in manufacturing will double in the next three years The use of smart machines in manufacturing is growing rapidly; by 2018, 50 percent of the fastest growing…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Automotive, Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Manufacturing, Strategy, Supply Chain

Asia will be the biggest car manufacturer worldwide within the next few years, but Europe will continue to lead in research and development Over the last ten years, there has been significant growth in European and American automotive manufacturers running operations in China. Consequently, it has been one of the fastest places of growth in…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Manufacturing, Strategy

In the new IT-ready workplace, businesses really have no excuse to ignore the obvious benefits that demand forecasting brings. What do you do when it starts to rain? Just hope it stops soon or reach for that demand forecasting-shaped umbrella? Enabling greater control, longevity and productivity, demand forecasting helps to reduce costs in quiet periods…

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Gartner crowd

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Events, Manufacturing

One conference that I always enjoy going to is the Gartner Symposium because I always gain insight into topics that interest me as well as listen to their predictions about the future. This year, I will be part of a strong IFS presence at two Gartner Symposiums – Orlando, Florida from October 4-8; and Barcelona,…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing, Strategy

How do we create a business process that offers the distinct attributes needed to support the company’s strategies and create competitive advantage? How do we find an ERP broad yet specific enough to provide real business agility? This is a move for ERP up the value chain. An investment in ERP is not just a way to get a modern, supported and cost effective replacement of an outdated ERP, but a key component on the path to strategic alignment.

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3D manufacturing

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing

If you’re anything like me, you’re finding it increasingly difficult to be (and stay) wowed by the spectacular feats of 3D printing (and similar manufacturing methods). Not because it’s an irrelevant technology – quite the opposite. 3D printing is already an established part of the manufacturing industry, especially when it comes to R&D, prototyping, or…

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