Digital Transformation

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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Talk hands free

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, IFS Labs, Mobility, Research

I have been in the enterprise software business for almost 20 years where the dominant user interaction has been through keyboards and screens in different sizes and form factors. It started with desktop computers with big monitors, then laptops, then smartphones and tablets. What’s next? Whatever innovation we have seen throughout the years, talking remains…

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surface3pro

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Applications 9, Business Technology, Mobility

To see where the mobile evolution is going, I’d like to consider my own behavior as a business traveler going through airport security. Standing by the conveyor, I’m likely to produce from my carry-on bag 1) a personal phone, 2) a corporate phone, 3) a laptop, 4) a tablet, and perhaps other peripheral hardware. I…

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EAM

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Energy and Utilities, Mobility, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing, Service Management

In the asset-intensive industry, usability is becoming a subject of increasing priority. If we look back at the early days of computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) in the 1980s, we typically get an image of a few users on a system with green screens. Those few users were not only the experts with such a system,…

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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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earbuds

by   |    |   1 minute  |  in Mobility, Service Management

As products themselves become mere commodities, we need to differentiate ourselves through services. And that is more difficult than it sounds, particularly in complex business-t0-business service management settings. Nor is it a simple matter in consumer-facing environments where customers have become accustomed to the convenience of interaction via simplified digital channels. In this month’s IFS…

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earbuds

by   |    |   0 minutes Less than a minute  |  in Asset Intensive, Construction and Contracting, Mobility, Oil & Gas, Service Management

IFS Applications is a better choice than competing enterprise software products for project-based, service-focused and asset-centric industries. And in this month’s news episode of the IFS Radio Network podcast series, we review recent customer news in sectors including oil and gas, power generation and facilities/service management. Slap on those earbuds, hit play, and get the…

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by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing, Mobility

When a technology is not well-understood, a number of myths or urban legends can spring up to fill in the gap in people’s knowledge with perhaps less-than-accurate perceptions. Here, we review three such myths about mobile ERP solutions, and share facts that can help dispel each one. Mobile enterprise software is a security risk Well,…

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