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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   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Supply Chain

In a couple of previous blog posts we have looked at the ideas of DDMRP and examined the five steps of the planning process. The intention with this blog post is to discuss how DDMRP relates to other planning solutions, how they can co-exist and how DDMRP differentiate itself from other well-known concepts. DDMRP has…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Construction and Contracting, Engineering and Infrastructure

In my previous blog, I outlined key trends facing engineering, construction & infrastructure organizations – digital transformation, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the digital asset lifecycle model, embracing construction-integrated manufacturing and exploiting new service and facilities management revenues. The overall conclusion was that the non-integrated business systems and processes used by most companies today will…

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by   |    |   8 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Supply Chain

In my last blog post we took a look at DDMRP as a concept and the ideas behind it. In this blog we will examine the five steps that define DDMRP. Not all parts are buffered, most parts will still be planned with ordinary MRP logic also when DDMRP is used. The following is not…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Manufacturing, Supply Chain

MRP was invented in the fifties, computerized in the sixties and later became the dominating planning principle in the manufacturing industry. Today you find an MRP calculation being part of any ERP system available on the market. As the years have gone by since MRP was introduced have seen a shift from an era with…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Uncategorized

I have been spending a lot of time with different companies in the wood industry over the past couple of months. Representing the full value chain, from forestry to wholesale for further processing in other industries or retail and use in their own finished products, it’s clear that the market is moving and the time…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Manufacturing

More and more we see the need to manage project resources as an important requirement in ERP software RFIs from manufacturers for OEMs. This suggests OEMs are pushing down more of the project accounting requirements on their vendors. Resource forecasting, labor hour scheduling and resource allocation insight is necessary for sound manufacturing project management, but…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Automotive, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation

The penalties for poor maintenance can be high—in energy production, loss of revenue and component costs, as well as fines levied for non-delivery. But contrast this with time and/or operation count-based maintenance where a piece of equipment gets maintained whether it needs it or not. This is labor intensive and ineffective in identifying problems that…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Transform Your Business

Artificial intelligence (AI). Internet of Things (IoT). Augmented reality (AR). These are the technologies companies in the industries IFS serves want to implement because they can transform their businesses. These two- and three-letter acronyms (TLAs) are what most of us think about when someone utters the words ‘digital transformation’. While AI, IoT and AR are…

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