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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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Mobility, Research, Strategy

Can the enterprise provide access to corporate data while retaining control over access from multiple devices, over some of which it has limited control? Is the ROI worth the effort and cost entailed in securing mobile access? And what are enterprises doing today to address these key issues? We asked 200 CIOs in the UK for their attitudes.

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by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Events, Strategy

Multi-sport Olympic events are perhaps the toughest. Not only does the competitor need to be highly skilled in more than one discipline. But they must be able to switch back and forth between them effortlessly. So it is perhaps appropriate that IFS is sponsoring the IBU World Cup Biathlon. Because business is becoming more and…

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