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The Relevance Of Demand Driven MRP

The Relevance Of Demand Driven MRP

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… Read more »

How Customer Service Is Being Digitally Transformed

How Customer Service Is Being Digitally Transformed

A recent study conducted by WBR indicates that the service industry is at an inflection point. Over the next 24 months, technology will drive digital transformation in many companies striving… Read more »

Can An AI Chatbot Deliver Great Customer Service?

Can An AI Chatbot Deliver Great Customer Service?

Customer service is a people-focused business, and according to the Harvard Business Review, there are elements of service that are hard to automate. But there is great value that businesses can… Read more »

No Looking Back:The Automotive Industry’s Path To Future Innovation

No Looking Back:The Automotive Industry’s Path To Future Innovation

The world’s leading trade show for transport, logistics and mobility, The International Automotive Fair (IAA) for Commercial Vehicles, kicked off last week with a focus on innovation in the automotive industry…. Read more »

Field Service Buzzwords: ‘Cloud’

Field Service Buzzwords: ‘Cloud’

Previously, we discussed the impact the Internet of Things can have on a service organization. Our final buzzword is key to helping your organization grow. Cloud enables an organization to grow and scale,… Read more »

Taking IoT On The Voyage Of Discovery: Unlocking The Real Value In Field Service

Taking IoT On The Voyage Of Discovery: Unlocking The Real Value In Field Service

We are seeing the growing demand to integrate connected devices for field service operations. In a recent study by IFS, 30 percent of product-oriented companies said they are already using IoT… Read more »

Sustainable Manufacturing: An Opportunity, Not A Punishment

Sustainable Manufacturing: An Opportunity, Not A Punishment

As manufacturers face a customer that increasingly demands sound, eco-friendly products , they are increasingly looking at how they can become a smarter, greener producer and how they can track and document… Read more »

Smart IoT? Sensors Can Fail Too

Smart IoT? Sensors Can Fail Too

We’ve all heard the promises of efficiency improvements and digital transformation made possible by adopting IoT technologies. This assumes, of course, that the observations coming out of the IoT monitoring… Read more »

Project Accounting In Manufacturing Simplified The Estimate ‘To Complete’ And ‘At Completion’ Dilemma Resolved

Project Accounting In Manufacturing Simplified The Estimate ‘To Complete’ And ‘At Completion’ Dilemma Resolved

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… Read more »

Predictive Maintenance-Moving From Relevant To Essential In The Automotive Industry

Predictive Maintenance-Moving From Relevant To Essential In The Automotive Industry

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… Read more »

Manufacturing Digital Transformation In Our Rear-View Mirror

Manufacturing Digital Transformation In Our Rear-View Mirror

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… Read more »

From Acetate To Artificial Intelligence

From Acetate To Artificial Intelligence

Predictions vary about when emergent technologies will become a reality. Can taking a look at the past provide insight into what’s next? No matter where you look there are predictions… Read more »

3 AI Investments IFS Is Focusing On

3 AI Investments IFS Is Focusing On

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is such a big topic, and so many different possibilities exist, that you should focus on those opportunities that make the most sense for your business. You can’t do… Read more »

How New Technology And AI Can Control Rising Maintenance Costs

How New Technology And AI Can Control Rising Maintenance Costs

Activity in Australia’s mining sector is accelerating, auguring well for exports and the broader economy, according to economic forecaster and industry analyst, BIS Oxford Economics. But with maintenance costs forecast to… Read more »

Will Manufacturers Ride The Servitatization Wave To Greater Profitability?

Will Manufacturers Ride The Servitatization Wave To Greater Profitability?

The servitization megatrend is upon us. Product-driven companies are adding services revenue streams and business models, usually to augment but sometimes to replace product-based business. WHAT IS SERVITIZATION, AND WHY IS IT… Read more »

How Manufacturing Can Overcome Today’s Industry Challenges

How Manufacturing Can Overcome Today’s Industry Challenges

As the Vice President of Global Industry Sales at IFS, Antony’s responsibilities include acting as the Global Industry Director for Industrial Manufacturing and High-Tech Manufacturing as well as managing the other global industry directors…. Read more »

IoT In Action And Why You Should Start

IoT In Action And Why You Should Start

How analysis of the Internet of Things ( IoT ) yields unexpected information. We recently installed solar panels on our house. For those of you that know me, I’m a… Read more »

How Much Do You Think It Will Cost?

How Much Do You Think It Will Cost?

“How much do you think it will cost?” This is often a common question a manufacturer will ask themselves when developing new products and something that we as a manufacturing solutions provider… Read more »

ERP 2028 PART 3: THE DEMISE OF THE PRODUCTION PLANNER?

ERP 2028 PART 3: THE DEMISE OF THE PRODUCTION PLANNER?

Imagine going forward in time 10 years. How will the technologies evolving today change the way we work? What will enterprise resource planning (ERP) in 2028 look like? Production planning for most process… Read more »

10 MANUFACTURING BUZZWORDS YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO IN 2018

10 MANUFACTURING BUZZWORDS YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO IN 2018

Live blog coverage from the IFS World Conference 2018 breakout session, “10 manufacturing buzzwords that you need to pay attention to today and tomorrow.” Antony Bourne, Vice President of Global Industry Sales at IFS,… Read more »

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