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Mobility and the offshore market – how important is it?


Office workers, engineers, managers – even CEOs – have all now forgotten what the world looked like before the smartphone or the tablet. Being available 24/7 is sometimes no joke at all, but the freedom it gives us more than…

Optimizing Thanksgiving – and Thanks from IFS

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It’s that time of year again, with the holiday season fast approaching.  It’s a good time to reflect and think about what we are thankful for.  In Chicago, a wonderful organization called the Chicago Thanksgiving Basket Brigade builds and hand delivers…

“It’s war Jim, but not as we know it” – 20 years on in A&D


In 20 years’ time, mobility, wearable technology and the Internet of Things will be commonplace and new technologies will change the way war is waged, military equipment is developed and how assets are supported. AI, autonomy and robotics are already…

PODCAST: Could you handle this many recalls?


General Motors has issued about 70 recalls in the course of 2014, as of this writing. These recalls are enumerated here, by CNN. These recalls affect as few as five and as many as 3 million vehicles. I am not sure…

What a week for the energy industry and environmental footprint management


One of the more interesting pieces of news that came out this week is that the two biggest economies in the world have for the first time agreed targets to reduce Carbon Emissions. As reported in the NY Times and…

IFS’s agility derives from enabling a customer’s agility


Two posts in the IFS blog last month address a question of business agility. IFS Analyst Chuck Rathmann wondered whether IFS lives up to the agile enterprise hype. And Global Director for Process Industries Jakob Björklund asked how IFS can…

IFS and our partners beat SAP—over and over again

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Business success stories from the IFS customer summits in Kyoto, Japan and Rotterdam in Holland.

Never forget the end user

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When it comes to the end user, they don’t care if it’s IFS, SAP, Maximo or Oracle. They care about the service, and the experience with the application. These are not my words but the words of Seadrill, a leading…

European Service Organizations Focusing On Better Field Service KPIs


Metrics. We are all familiar with theories that people buy into, because they are compelling, believable, and supported with hard facts.  But then, people often struggle to apply the theory into their business lives.  This essentially sums up the view…

In retail, speed and efficiency are key to being agile and being competitive


The retail industry is one of the most competitive industries in the world. It is a constant reminder of Porter’s Competitive Force model – with all of the five forces’ buttons being pressed at the same time. Add to that…