Charles Rathmann

IFS Global Senior Marketing Content Strategist Charles Rathmann is one of the most prolific authors in the enterprise software industry. He has worked in industrial marketing and journalism for more than 25 years and holds a B.S. degree in News-Editorial Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

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Is implementing ERP like dipping your business in concrete?
ERP like dipping your business in concrete business agility

It is an old joke, that may sometimes target specific software vendors, that implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software or…

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| | Estimated reading time: 3 minutes | Business Technology, Strategy
Business Agility Lessons from BMW and Corvette (kind of)

Whether you are a dyed-in-the-wool auto enthusiast or just someone like me who has a more spirited driving style, you…

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| | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes | Asset Intensive, Oil & Gas, Process Manufacturing, Strategy
Why Adopt ISO Standards for Asset Management? Here’s Why, and How.
ERP Podcast Series from IFS

ISO standards are a lot of things. Specifications for products and services. A third party stamp of approval for quality,…

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| | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes | Business Technology, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing
Trying to Make Sense of the Conflict Minerals Rule? Good luck with that!

Regardless of your position on government mandates for corporate social responsibility, one thing is certain. The U.S. Securities and Exchange…

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PODCAST: IFS’ Cloud Strategy Explained by CEO Alastair Sorbie

Financial results calls can be tearfully boring. But check out what IFS CEO Alastair Sorbie said about cloud ERP on the Q1 2014 IFS results call.

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| | Estimated reading time: 3 minutes | Business Technology
Why does business agility matter now more than ever?

Change or die. It is a pretty simple concept!

And that is why IFS is devoting substantial resources (see the first in our series of business agility whitepapers) to making the case for increased business agility, not only in the thinking of executives and the intelligentsia, but in the technology infrastructure that holds an enterprise-class business together.

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PODCAST: Improve the Customer Experience with Service Management Software

As products themselves become mere commodities, we need to differentiate ourselves through services. And that is more difficult than it…

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| | Estimated reading time: 1 minute | Asset Intensive
A Simple Definition of RCM II

The concepts behind reliability centered maintenance (RCM) are about 40 years old, but there is a growing interest in RCM…

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PODCAST: Avoid Unpleasant ERP Surprises

Selecting and implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is something most companies, if they are fortunate, only do every 15…

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| | Estimated reading time: 3 minutes | Asset Intensive, Oil & Gas, Service
The Most Under-appreciated Link in the Energy Value Chain?

Companies in the energy sector are getting a lot of attention these days. New and innovative technologies are making more…

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Infographic-FIAR compliance

Anyone in the United States military command or in the executive ranks of the aerospace industry knows auditability has been…

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| | Estimated reading time: 3 minutes | Asset Intensive, Business Technology
Gartner Visionary Spot in Power Generation EAM – What does it mean?

IFS’ first customer was a nuclear power plant. And anyone who works for or is close to IFS will have…

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