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Top 5 Reasons To Upgrade To Infor LX

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Infor® LX is an ERP solution that offers deep industry functionality and flexibility to help you adapt to new manufacturing trends and industry changes. 

Infor LX is a comprehensive, flexible and advanced enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for mixed mode and process manufacturers that operate with an IBM System i environment (formerly AS / 400 or iSeries). This solution improves the efficiency of the main business processes, including manufacturing, logistics, channel management, customer relations, relations with suppliers and financial management. With Infor LX, companies can improve their efficiency, agility, sustainability and profitability by improving their ability to manage variable demand and adapt to changing market conditions.

Why should you invest in this technology?

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Topics: Chemical & Life Sciences, Consumer Packaged Goods, Food & Beverage, Industrial Manufacturing, Manufacturing

Why Digital Transformation Depends On Workforce Transformation.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Digital transformation is one of the most urgently discussed topics in business today. CIO defines it as “the acceleration of business activities, processes, competencies, and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies and their impact in a strategic and prioritized way.” But more than just acceleration, digital transformation is about the need for businesses to outpace digital disruption and stay competitive in a rapidly evolving business environment. Even though different people might offer alternate definitions, few disagree with the idea that digital transformation is essential to the survival of most businesses today.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, digital technology

Delaying Your ERP Decision? Don't

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

In a perfect world, functionality and ease of use would be the top criteria manufacturers use when deciding to purchase, replace, or upgrade their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. Unfortunately, in the real world, cost considerations rear their ugly head. Business leaders are concerned about the price of not only purchasing the solution, but also how much it will cost to implement, support, and maintain. Further, there is significant concern that an ERP implementation will cause significant disruption to the business, cause the organization to lose focus, or even “break” business processes that the company looked upon as core to their success.

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Topics: Fashion & Retail, Retail, Life Sciences, Automotive, Food & Beverage, Industrial Manufacturing, Manufacturing

Measuring Progress: The Digital Supply Chain Transformation Maturity Model

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Digital technology is changing the world, one industry at a time. With these changes comes a reimagining of the supply chain, from the systems businesses use to communicate and interact, to the strategies they deploy to move goods around the world.

Digitalization gives rise to new business models, in which real-time connectivity, greater visibility, reactivity, and anticipation become the underlying characteristics of our supply chains. But this kind of change isn’t easy, and transformation doesn’t happen overnight.

By taking a staged approach to digital transformation, and building greater connectivity across the supply chain, businesses can pave the way toward a fully connected future, while still being able to tackle the biggest challenges they face right now.

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Topics: Supply Chain Agility, Supply Chain Visibility, Fashion & Retail, Retail, Life Sciences, Automotive

The Changing Role Of The CFO

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

By Nick Castellina, Director of Industry & Solution Strategy at Infor®.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has been mistakenly stereotyped as a back-office miser, worried about only one thing: the company’s bottom-line. CFOs have often been frugal, protecting the company’s wallet with an unwavering vow to be prepared for the proverbial rainy day. At least, that is the old-school notion.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industrial Manufacturing, CFO, Fashion & Apparel, Rentals & Equipment, Food & Beverage

Who Are You Wearing?

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

For Corey Tollefson, SVP and GM of Infor® Retail and Fashion, retail isn’t a job. It’s not a hobby. It’s not just another customer. He lives and breathes the industry—and inspires teams of the best and brightest to follow him on the path to the Golden Age of Retail. Infor understands the symbiosis of retail and technology, and that harmony between them is the key to unlocking the greatest customer experiences of all time. 

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Topics: Fashion & Apparel, Fashion & Retail, PLM

Happy National Manufacturing Day - 2018

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 5, 2018 4:25:26 PM

ICCG is proud to celebrate National Manufacturing Day. Every year, thousands of manufacturers around the country open their doors to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, National Manufacturing Day

What Real IT People Think About AI

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Expectations are high, as long as AI delivers real business value

What do IT decision makers really think about AI? Are they buying the hype? Are they laying some groundwork for artificial intelligence implementations?

Random interviews with several IT managers across a variety of industries on The Hub show floor at Inforum 2018 reveal what one might expect — a variety of opinions on AI. But most all believe it could be big, possibly very big.

Another widely held belief is that tapping into the capability of AI to optimize human potential will take some trial and error. To some extent, this reflects the thinking of sports superstar Venus Williams, who told a packed General Session at Inforum, “Failure is a huge part of knowing your pushing yourself hard enough.”

But all agreed on one thing: IT must acknowledge AI in some way, and at least begin to closely and seriously examine how it might fit into their organizations. After all, as Williams said, “It’s not where you start, but where you finish.”

 
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Topics: Manufacturing, Industrial Manufacturing, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Podcast: Is Brick-And-Mortar Retail Really Ready For Seamless Payment?

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

With the advent of “cashier-less” stores like Amazon Go, tomorrow’s retail shopping experience has the potential to transform in a big way—but are retailers ready? We discuss the benefits and pitfalls of adopting this exciting retail technology in its early stages. Listen now and learn more about the next generation of retail software here.

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Topics: Fashion & Apparel, Fashion & Retail, retail software

AI As An Enabler Of Human Potential? You Can Bet On It.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Sep 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Renowned theoretical physicist and futurist Steven Hawking was torn on the value of artificial intelligence. At one point, he said, “AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization. Or the worst. We don’t know if we will be helped by AI … or conceivably destroyed by it.”

But just before his death earlier this year, Hawking appeared to change his AI calculus: “Perhaps we should all stop for a moment, and focus not only on making our AI better, but also (focus) on the benefit to humanity.”

There, in a nutshell, from one of the most brilliant minds of the century is the AI conundrum. Is it, as Tesla founder Elon Musk said, “more dangerous than nuclear weapons?” Or is it more likely to “inject more pride and dignity into work focused on enhancing our communities,” as suggested by author and former president of Google China Kai-Fu-Lee?

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industrial Manufacturing, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

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