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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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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Strategy

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Strategy

The problem with strategy is that none of us can predict the future. We all have aims and objectives for our businesses, but how do we translate those into long-term strategic objectives that we can reach? A common reason for changing business solutions is that the business has outgrown its existing solution and its strategic…

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NEC

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Strategy

One of IFS’s most successful business partnerships is with NEC Corporation, the Japanese multinational provider of IT services and products, who is an IFS partner, customer and shareholder. That partnership began in 1998 and we’ve worked closely together since then to build out NEC’s leadership in key industry areas where IFS Applications, its industry solutions…

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