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Innovation in manufacturing: 3 top takeaways from the EEF’s Innovation Monitor survey

Posted by Ian Jack

Innovation in manufacturing: 3 top takeaways

For manufacturers, innovation is crucial. Innovation drives sales, productivity, process performance, new product introductions—and ultimately, job growth and profitability. But innovation in the manufacturing industry isn’t easy. It takes time, resources, and skills, and can’t always be driven along predictable paths.

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Catagories: Manufacturing business


2016 ERP Report: 8 Significant Findings [Infographic]

Posted by Nicola Mullen

2016 ERP Report: 8 Significant Findings 

Finding the right ERP system and the right ERP vendor can be challenging. Once found, implementing that ERP system is an expensive proposition; not just in terms of budget, but also in terms of time and resources. It’s crucial to make the right ERP choice that fits your business.

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Catagories: Industry trends, ERP


Growing a manufacturing business: 6 often-overlooked secrets of success

Posted by Andy Gough

Growing a manufacturing business: 6 often-overlooked secrets of success

 

Growing a manufacturing business isn’t easy. And rarely is the challenge harder than it is for smaller manufacturers, where hard-pressed senior management must spread themselves thinly across multiple activities—handling finances, marketing, product development, quality control, human resources and much more.

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Catagories: Industry trends, Manufacturing business, ROI


What are the advantages of SaaS software for manufacturers?

Posted by Dave Cann

What are the benefits of SaaS software for manufacturers?

According to experts, manufacturers are leading the way with Software as a Service (SaaS) adoption. Despite this, there is still some confusion about SaaS deployment options.

So how does SaaS ERP measure up to the more traditional ‘on-premise’ model? And what exactly are the benefits for your manufacturing business? Here’s a rundown:

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Catagories: Cloud, Manufacturing business, ERP


7 strategies for supply chain management success

Posted by Ian Jack

7 strategies for supply chain management success

A lot of the time, supply chain strategies are ‘top down’ affairs, and very—well—strategic. ‘Be a low-cost producer,’ for instance. Or ‘achieve a fast time-to-market.’ Or ‘respond quickly to changing fashions.’

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Catagories: Manufacturing business, ROI


5 critical KPIs for monitoring field service engineer performance

Posted by Ian Storer

5 critical field service KPI's

For any field service business, its engineers are clearly a vital resource.

And most field service businesses, it’s fair to say, have KPIs in place for monitoring and measuring performance. But are they the right field service engineer performance KPIs?

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Catagories: First-time Fix Rates, Field Service business


The factory of the future is closer than you think: 5 innovative manufacturing technologies heading your way

Posted by Andy Gough

 

5 manufacturing technologies headind your way

Technology isn’t standing still. But while all of us are used to the rapid pace of change of information technology—IT, in other words—it might be a surprise to realise just how much ordinary manufacturing technologies are changing, as well.

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Catagories: Industry trends, Manufacturing business


5 emerging ERP trends set to shape your business

Posted by Barry Thompson

5 emerging ERP trends set to shape your business

Here’s a thought: how competitive would your business be if it had to rely on an ERP system that was 15-20 years old? You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that the answer is “probably not very competitive”.

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Catagories: Business Intelligence, Industry trends, ERP


What is Cloud ERP? The essential facts you need to know

Posted by Dave Cann

What is Cloud ERP: The essential facts!

Even five years ago, most businesses looked doubtfully at Cloud ERP. Too risky, they judged. Too much of a leap in the dark, technology-wise. Great for startups wanting a low-cost ERP solution from day one—but not appropriate for established businesses.

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Catagories: Cloud, Industry trends


Pokémon Go: what can your manufacturing business learn from its success?

Posted by Nicola Mullen

Pokémon Go: What can your manufacturing business learn from its success?

Pokémon Go has been the gaming success of the summer. Within days of its release, it had been downloaded 50 million times, and soon overtook popular dating app Tinder. According to analysts Techcrunch, in July 2016 it had overtaken Twitter in terms of daily users, and people spent more time on the Pokémon Go app than they did on Facebook.

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Catagories: Industry trends, Manufacturing business