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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Fire up your digital transformation and increase profitability 26% using a connected strategy

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Digital Transformation, Events, Finance, Research, Strategy

At the 2017 IDC Directions event in Boston, the full potential for businesses who adopt (and have adopted) digital transformation was laid bare for all to see. But for me, the question is more how you may deploy it rather than whether you should, and for that, I believe what is required is a ‘connected…

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4 reasons you might be avoiding IoT-themed blogs like this one

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Applications 9, Asset Intensive, Automotive, Aviation & Defense, Business Agility, Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Creativity & Innovation, Energy and Utilities, Engineering and Infrastructure, IFS Labs, Manufacturing, Mobility, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing, Research, Retail, Service Management, Supply Chain

With so much information about IoT out there, you may feel reluctant about reading this blog post – but don’t. This is one you’ll be happy you read. Do you remember where you were or what you were doing the first time the term ‘Internet of Things’ caught your attention? I do. I was sitting…

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IFS makes Silicon Review’s 50 Best Workplaces of the Year

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Applications 9, Asset Intensive, Automotive, Aviation & Defense, Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Energy and Utilities, Engineering and Infrastructure, Finance, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing, Research, Retail, Service Management, Supply Chain

At IFS, we often talk about providing enterprise software to customers to help them get closer to their business as well as making them agile so they can rapidly capitalize on change. This statement is meant to stimulate support and ongoing commitment and serves as a cornerstone for IFS. Because this statement resonates with employees,…

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Key takeaways from the NRF Big Show 2017

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Events, Research, Retail, Strategy

Returning home from my third NRF Big Show 2017, I feel a sense of urgency for continued evolution (rather than revolution…) for retailers to drive better and sounder offerings to us as consumers. Someone stated (I believe it was RSR Research) that one need to adhere to the continued drive for customer experience, using all…

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Planning methods: Which method is recommended for your manufacturing business?

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing, Research, Strategy

Jakob Björklund, Senior Advisor IFS R&D, and Mats Johansson, Product Architect CPIM IFS R&D, provide a brief overview of the various planning methods available to manufacturers and when they are considered most useful. This blog post was co-authored by Jakob Björklund, Senior Advisor IFS R&D, and Mats Johansson, Product Architect CPIM IFS R&D. A modern enterprise…

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2017: Sustainable strategies or volatile velocity — which will it be?

by   |    |   7 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Finance, Research, Strategy

Remember ‘business as usual’? For many, it seems lifetimes ago. 2016 was one of the most volatile socio-political years in living memory. Literally, overnight some of the world’s most permanent trading blocs suddenly felt precarious. If 2016 taught us anything, it was that anything can happen—and probably will. The only sure-fire prediction for 2017 has…

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Construction industry trends

by   |    |   7 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Research, Strategy

Huge tower blocks built in weeks under one roof… automated bridge-building behemoths… bricklaying robots… No, it’s not science fiction. These are all real solutions doing here-and-now-business. And soon there will be more. So what are the big construction trends in Europe, the US and Asia, and how can we turn them from opportunities into business…

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by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Business Agility, Business Technology, Finance, Oil & Gas, Research, Service Management, Strategy

In an industry where there are still few capital projects being initiated following the 2014 price collapse, and pressure on any new project to deliver cost effectiveness and to stay ahead of schedule, IT is continuing to be a key enabler for upstream oil and gas companies. The industry considers digitalization as the way for…

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Data and electric driving automotive in new directions in 2017

by   |    |   7 minutes  |  in Automotive, Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Manufacturing, Research, Strategy, Supply Chain

The race to integrate new, lightweight materials into mainstream models will intensify, decades-old production processes will need to be transformed and China will grow its lead in electric vehicle (EV) production. Automotive competition in 2017 will be fierce—but will come from unexpected directions. Stefan Issing, Global Industry Director for Automotive at IFS, predicts that these…

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