by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Strategy

The advantages and disadvantages of a 2-tier ERP strategy In my last blog I looked at the reasons why a 2-tier ERP strategy may be the best solution for a business—in fact in a recent IDC survey the 2-tier approach was the considered the most business effective. In this second blog I will discuss the…

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Lightbulbs

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Strategy

When a business should consider a TWO-TIER ERP STRATEGY Today’s ERP landscape is mature, with most companies having implemented some level of ERP solution. However, many larger companies still find themselves in the situation where their existing solution cannot deliver on all the business requirements across its group of companies. This situation isn’t something that…

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by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

Over the years there have been many paradigms that claim to optimize production and save the world—bottleneck, forward and backward, finite and infinite scheduling models, DDMRP, Kanban—and almost all failed in some way to deliver manufacturing nirvana. One such stratagem was the Theory of Constraints (TOC). But could a fresh approach to TOC, combined with…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation

Predictions vary about when emergent technologies will become a reality. Can taking a look at the past provide insight into what’s next? No matter where you look there are predictions on when technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality and driverless cars will become a reality and commonplace in our lives. Many pundits fall back…

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Plastic: from hero to zero?

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing

Are we seeing the end of ‘single-use’ plastics? Process manufacturing companies need to review their business strategies now. What started as an eco-issue has rightly gathered pace and manufacturers need to rethink their product strategy, the way they manufacture and the way they package their products as the pressure on providing alternative solutions has already…

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ERP 2028: The demise of the production planner?

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing

Imagine going forward in time 10 years. How will the technologies evolving today change the way we work? What will enterprise resource planning (ERP) in 2028 look like? Production planning for most process manufacturing companies has always been one of the most difficult problems for ERP solutions to solve. There has been much effort over…

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ERP 2028 part 2: traceability and digital string?

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

Imagine going forward in time 10 years, how will the technologies evolving today change the way we work? What will enterprise resource planning (ERP) look like in 2028? The list of digital innovations moves on at a pace, with the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented…

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