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If nothing in your business will change in the next 10 years …

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… selecting and implementing enterprise software would be a lot easier. Sure, you would still need to ensure that whatever enterprise resource planning (ERP) or enterprise asset management (EAM) software you select would meet your immediate functional needs. But enterprise…

Isn’t It About Time Reverse Logistics Got the Spotlight It Deserves in Field Service?

Reverse Logistics

The field service process is full of intricate components and supply chains that make up a service lifecycle and at the end, hopefully, a satisfied customer.  But just as first-time-fix doesn’t get nearly the attention and focus it deserves as…

Civil Aviation MRO: fast changing market needing agile solutions

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The civil aviation support industry is changing quickly and dramatically – from the advent of new composite materials such as carbon fiber and super-alloys to advanced in-flight entertainment, combined with a growing number of commoditized and therefore disposable items –…

The promise of global ERP

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IFS Applications was born in Sweden, a small country in northern Europe with a tiny population of 9 million people. It didn’t take long before we had to expand our business outside of Sweden to get a larger market and…

Glocalization – how do we achieve the Holy Grail?

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Glocalization is the tailoring of a product to local requirements, by a global (or at least globally aspiring) organization. Everyone prefers something that has been made especially for you, rather than a copy of what someone else already has. In…

5 ways EAM software mobility and usability improve plant efficiency

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If we look back at the early days of computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) in the 1980s, we typically get an image of a few users on a system with green screens. Those few users were not only the experts…

A business agility lesson from Muhammad Ali

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In a previous post on the importance of operational knowledge to business agility, we use a colorful analogy make clear that if you can’t see what is happening in real time, you cannot adjust to change as it unfolds. Perhaps the best agility…

Managing talent

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We are about to welcome 15 new talents here in IFS. 15 Young Professionals ready to conquer the world! Our Junior Consultants start on 21 August and we have invested quite some time and resources in creating a program that…

How IFS can help process manufacturers with their CSR

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a broad concept that describes a corporate initiative to assess and take responsibility for a company’s effects on the environment and impact on social welfare that generally goes beyond what may be required by regulators…

A 3:30 a.m. lesson in business agility

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It is dark in the house, and for whatever reason, you are stumbling around in your sock feet. Maybe the dog was barking at something, or perhaps the slice of key lime pie in the refrigerator was making altogether too…