by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Construction and Contracting

IFS UK and Construction News hosted a roundtable event in the Gherkin, London on the 28th November to discuss building information modelling (BIM). It was a very lively debate with some of the top BIM experts in the country attending, including Mark Bew, Chairman of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Task Group. Many questions were…

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by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Finance

Transfer pricing and tax planning have been in the media a lot lately as details emerge of how companies like Amazon, Google, Vodaphone and GlaxoSmithKline proactively limit their tax liabilities by shifting revenue and expenditures across international boundaries. We are told that every organization that can, is managing where their profits are deemed taxable. Repeatedly,…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing

As I talk with customers at our IFS industry councils and at other professional events, I find many manufacturers and industrial organizations are already using 3D printing. As a rule, they are using this technology in the research and development setting and for prototypes. 3D printers have traditionally rendered items in plastic, but now, a…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology

Companies that succeed are the ones that embrace change. They have the built-in flexibility to respond to fast-changing business conditions.  The power to change is achieved through business transformation. And technology and business transformation go hand in hand.  Having the ability to transform and change business processes and systems quickly is a big differentiator. The…

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Top Trends for 2014 according to IFS Labs

by   |    |   7 minutes  |  in IFS Labs

It’s that time of the year again – prediction time. Making predictions for the far off future is one thing, making them for next year is something completely different. Harder. More difficult. Higher risk of making a fool of yourself. More of a challenge.

Here at IFS Labs we’re not ones to shy away from a challenge. So here goes; the IFS Labs trend spotting for 2014.

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by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Events

Change — inexorable, accelerating and disruptive — was a main theme of the IFS World Conference in Barcelona. P.J. Jakovljevic, in this in-depth report (available for download with your free Technology Evaluation Center log-in) elaborated on how this may have been appropriate given the economic, political and technological change confronting us. “Given the state of…

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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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by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Aerospace & Defense

Performance-based logistics (PBL) was designed as a cost-saving measure for weapons system support efforts. And reduce weapons system cost is exactly what a joint venture between GE Aviation, IFS North America, Sogeti USA, and U.S. Navy PBL Personnel did.  The F414 project, which relies on IFS Applications aerospace and defense solutions, has been given the…

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by   |    |   1 minute  |  in Mobility

Is mobile ERP on the bleeding edge, or on the verge of becoming maintstream? Have vendors figured out effective ways to deliver secure, mobile ERP? In this special mobility episode of the IFS Radio Network, Ray Wang of Constellation Research enumerates the megatrends that are driving ERP and other enterprise software, inexorably, towards its mobile…

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