2020 Manufacturing Predictions

by   |    |   7 minutes  |  in Manufacturing

While change is buffeting the industrial manufacturing industry from a number of directions, the most disruptive changes will be those which manufacturers can and should make for themselves. Many of these manufacturers are already taking advantage of technologies like the internet of things (IoT), and as we head into 2020 will find themselves early adopters…

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IFS Applications Upgrade

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, IFS Applications, IFS Labs, Manufacturing, Transform Your Business

Last night my Tesla upgraded itself to a new software version. Apparently, it can now warn you if you’re going to run a stop sign and the automatic lane change is more “aggressive”. It got me thinking about software upgrades in general. We all experience upgrades on our computers and our phones. It’s pretty cool…

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ERP for Manufacturers

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Manufacturing

What is the true value of ERP for Manufacturers? If you’re familiar with IFS, you’ll hopefully know that we are deeply driven by the goal of bringing our customers significant and measurable business value with our enterprise solutions. To validate and express this value, we recently engaged with IDC and asked them to carry out…

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Manufacturing Tips

by   |    |   2 minutes  |  in Manufacturing

Recently the Head of Corporate Development of a leading glass solution provider, within the construction industry in Europe, wanted to talk to me about omnichannel: a typical project-driven business, where no solution is like the other. I was somewhat confused, since omnichannel, for me, is a typical “retail topic”, mainly related to the B2C customer…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, IFS Applications, Manufacturing

Productivity in the UK has slowed and the future is uncertain for many businesses in the manufacturing sector. From attracting and retaining talent to managing processes, suppliers, and logistics: the uncertainty caused by Brexit has left a lot of questions but a scarcity of answers. But the UK doesn’t have to lag behind Europe in…

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

One day AI systems will predict what is currently impossible, to allow us to overcome the inefficiencies in our lives and in our factories. In a previous blog, I discussed the reasons why we humans do not trust artificial intelligence. In this blog, I would like to look at the potential of AI and what,…

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Skills Gap

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Aerospace & Defense, Creativity & Innovation, Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Transform Your Business

When I meet with IFS customers across the UK one of the most common pieces of feedback is the struggle to find talent to bridge the ‘skills gap’ or ‘skills shortage’ affecting UK businesses. On the one hand, they have new technologies entering their factories, warehouses, construction sites and in-field equipment, on the other, they…

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high tech manufacturing

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Manufacturing

Over the past few years, the highly unstable prices on raw material and the increased lead time from suppliers on components have put financial pressure on many manufacturers as they experience challenges to quickly respond to the market volatility. Of course, the overall planning of optimized inventory levels relies on accurate demand planning and forecasting,…

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The Biggest Challenge to AI Adoption

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Manufacturing

In my last blog, I talked about the use of artificial intelligence to help process manufacturers uncover the holy grail – accurate forecasting. In this blog, I will explain why we might be the barrier to that happening. In my last blog, I talked about how artificial intelligence might help manufacturers discover the holy grail…

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