Brompton Bicycle

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Strategy

The global economic crisis has had a significant effect on the manufacturing sector, with the prolonged Eurozone slump impacting demand for goods produced in the UK. However, with the economic outlook continuing to improve – and manufacturing doing well globally – the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) reported worldwide manufacturing output up by 3.3 per…

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ERP like dipping your business in concrete business agility

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Strategy

It is an old joke, that may sometimes target specific software vendors, that implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software or other enterprise software may be akin to dipping your business in concrete. You go into a room with a systems integrator and re-engineer your processes for six months. You then go through an implementation process…

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global erp

by   |    |   1 minute  |  in Automotive, Aviation & Defense, Business Technology, IFS Radio Network, Manufacturing, Strategy

Most enterprise resource planning (ERP) software products have the capability to handle businesses that operate from multiple sites, even when these sites are in different countries or on different continents. But in this month’s interview edition of the IFS Radio Network, IFS process manufacturing and supply chain expert Jakob Björklund discusses the finer points of achieving…

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corvette

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Strategy

Whether you are a dyed-in-the-wool auto enthusiast or just someone like me who has a more spirited driving style, you appreciate not only the power and speed a vehicle gives you, but the handling characteristics. And what is handling? The dictionary definition will focus on the ability of a wheeled vehicle to handle corners and…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Strategy

I’m a relative newcomer to both IFS and the world of software, having 20-odd years’ history in the IT sector, primarily with the enterprise and services side of HP and Dell. Recently, I realized that I needed to walk the talk and get back into blogging, so here goes my first foray under IFS’s great…

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Cars

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Automotive, Business Technology, Strategy

The concept of “just-in-time” manufacturing could have been invented for the automotive industry, one with tight supply chains that demand highly-integrated and specially-designed ERP software. But there’s a gap, one that I believe isn’t being addressed and could place even the most sophisticated automotive manufacturer at risk. The gap is packaging. Here’s my central premise:…

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ERP Podcast Series from IFS

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing, Strategy

ISO standards are a lot of things. Specifications for products and services. A third party stamp of approval for quality, efficiency and best practices. And let’s face it … ISO standards can be the butt of plenty of jokes. Even Dilbert creator Scott Adams riffs on ISO standards frequently. Quality consultants Simply Quality have generated a humorous procedure…

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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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