Construction

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Construction and Contracting, Engineering and Infrastructure, Transform Your Business

The engineering, construction and infrastructure industry is facing huge disruptive changes. We are at an inflection point, and need wholesale change right now. Global construction productivity has improved about a quarter of the rate of manufacturing productivity since 1995. When we look at rich countries like Germany, France and the United States, things are much…

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mining transformation

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Strategy, Transform Your Business

Systems fragmentation is the single biggest barrier to business transformation and innovation we see in the mining industry. Most companies have no single source of truth providing timely and reliable data about the business and no single platform to standardize processes consistently across the organization. Instead, fragmented software applications landscapes are common. Multiple enterprise resource…

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Cloud Business Case

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Agility, Business Technology, Cloud, Transform Your Business

A previous blog post debunked some common myths surrounding migrating enterprise resources to the cloud. In this post, part of our regular series of posts of n-nonsense insight into enterprise cloud computing, I look at the benefits of provisioning core business applications in the cloud. To be clear, at IFS we believe in giving our…

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Mine Gold and Data

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Business Technology, Energy and Utilities, Transform Your Business

The mining industry is going through a period of renewal. But while the cost-cutting and downsizing is at an end, it’s not like the heady days of the boom, with seemingly unlimited access to capital for new projects. At this point in the cycle, new investments are being applied strategically with both a view to…

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by   |    |   7 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Business Agility, Business Technology, Construction and Contracting, Creativity & Innovation, Engineering and Infrastructure, Transform Your Business

2019 will see a digital leap forward as many construction companies explore implementing integrated business software into projects for the very first time. Tighter margins, global skills shortages and new industry entrants are all ramping up the pressure on traditional construction businesses to deliver greater productivity and more integrated, cost-efficient projects, on time, every time. PREDICTION #1:  50%…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Process Manufacturing, Transform Your Business

For many years the world has seen organizations founded to drive progress in environmental sustainability. The list is long, and increasing with new schemes and governance organizations being announced almost daily there are even organizations for ‘eco friendly concrete’ and ‘the sustainable phosphorous alliance!’ What was once a fad that many companies paid lip service…

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

Selecting and implementing any enterprise technology is not a rapid process. And the internet of things (IoT), as an enterprise technology, has to contend with some strong headwinds. An August 2018 study from the management consulting firm Bain & Company reveals that would-be IoT adopters “believe that vendors have made little progress on lowering the…

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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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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   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Transform Your Business

The naval support chain is getting bigger. Just consider the scale of the US Navy. The 250+ strong fleet contains everything from the massive Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, which stretches more than 1,000 feet, to the nuclear-powered Virginia-class submarines whose time at sea is only limited by food and maintenance requirements. And over the next 30…

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