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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Key benefits from choosing the right service management software

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Mobility, Service Management, Strategy, Supply Chain

Let’s face it, in 2017 and beyond, if you are relying on whiteboards, spreadsheets and hand-written notes to drive your service operations, then you are going to have an uphill battle on your hands. In my line of work, I regularly speak with service organisations across a range of industries as we aim to learn…

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The 4 IT trends fueling the oil and gas industry in 2017

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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Enterprise operational intelligence for construction & contracting

by   |    |   1 minute  |  in Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Digital Transformation, Strategy

How do you take your business’s operational intelligence to the next level? This video will show you how. What is IFS EOI? This webcast will look at why IFS Enterprise Operational Intelligence™ (EOI) is on the forefront of our maturity model for business analytics. Learn why IFS EOI is more than the sum of its…

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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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2017 energy & utilities industry predictions

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Energy and Utilities, Mobility, Research, Service Management, Strategy

Changes in consumer demand and new opportunities in renewable energy production are leading energy companies to invest in alternative sources, modernize their infrastructure and seek new revenue streams. This will continue as energy and utility companies come to grips with building smarter infrastructures and integrating powerful new technologies and analytics platforms. Colin Beaney, Global Industry…

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manufacturing industry predictions

by   |    |   7 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Strategy

Bridging the skills gap and boosting services will be top priorities for manufacturers in 2017. And IoT? Today, 50% of the costs of IoT projects go on integration. 2017 will see many manufacturers realizing they already have IoT solutions—now they need to integrate them better to leverage the full benefits. Antony Bourne, IFS Global Industry…

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2017 defense industry trends

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Aviation & Defense, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Strategy

A new wave of technologies and an increase in cyber-based attacks are forcing the defense industry to adapt. While defense budgets are under scrutiny in the West, defense spending is increasing dramatically in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions, opening new markets for growth and opportunity. It truly is an industry in flux. Here Graham…

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This will be the year of retailtainment.

by   |    |   7 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Retail, Strategy, Supply Chain

2017 will be a fantastic year for retailers to experiment by trying out new ideas. There’s only one thing they can’t risk—standing still. What’s in store for retail over the coming years? Ulf Tillander, Global Industry Director of Retail at IFS, highlights three trends that will drive the industry in 2017 and beyond. Store as…

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