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What Does Agility Mean In The Era Of Digital Disruption?

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


Digital disruption is the new normal. And, as part of their digitalization journey, manufacturers now have a whole spectrum of modern tools to embrace. Greater agility is often touted as one of the important benefits of these digital tactics. Greater speed is a coveted prize, sought after by manufacturers since the era of Henry Ford’s assembly line.

Now, though, responding to change with lightning fast reflexes is not enough. Manufacturers must anticipate future trends and strive to predict customer demands before the customer even has acknowledged the need. Being the first in a market pace is often the key to owning it.

So, having a view of tomorrow is now more important than ever. Today we call it predictive algorithms and data science. We strive to speed product releases and adopt new features as quickly possible. Accelerating speed in one department drives the need for acceleration in other departments. The continuous rush of change, when not controlled, can start to resemble a hamster spinning in its wheel—but getting nowhere. Without meaningful objectives, speed for the sake of speed starts to become fruitless.

As manufacturers undertake digital initiatives, they should pause and consider the ongoing quest for speed and understand its true value. It’s important to be cautious about blind, over-emphasis. Speed has its risks, from higher levels of errors, quality issues, and a workforce that isn’t trained on new policies or processes. There is a fine line between efficient decision-making and rash, knee-jerk responses which can take a company down circuitous routes, far from the prime objectives. In fact, some would contend that reactionary measures lacking cost analysis and thorough financial impact study are simply reflexes, with a 50-50 chance of being right or wrong.

How did we get here?

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Rentals & Equipment, Fashion & Apparel, digital disruption

The Impact Of Communication – Telling The Digital Transformation Story

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM


By Carol Fitzgerald Tyler
Global Senior Practice Director, Organization Change Management | Infor

Challenging though it may be to create a vision that will transform an organization, it is crucial to effectively spread the message of digital innovation. Communication is often cited as the number one challenge for business transformation and change management. A strong communications strategy can lead an organization to a successful transform.  Leaders can encourage teams to innovate by communicating both the organizational vision and the acceptance of occasional failure. Companies with a clear vision are on average more effective in their efforts, and as a result, more profitable.

A strong communications strategy can lead an organization to a successful transform...

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Rentals & Equipment, Fashion & Apparel, Change Management

An Infographic: How To Get Started On Your Digital Transformation Journey

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jun 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Learn the 9 most critical starting points to facilitating digital transformation at your organization.

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Topics: Digital Transformation

Checklist For A Successful Digital Transformation In The Food And Beverage Industry

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Sep 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

From bakeries to zucchini farmers, food and beverage companies are eager to pursue avenues of growth. Many endeavor to jump start these opportunities by embracing modernization and adopting digital strategies. New technologies offer exciting ways to leverage data, engage with customers, and automate processes. As a result, new and innovative ways of looking at products and the supply chain develop, transforming how we do business. While the potential impact of digital transformation is promising, it can also be intimidating. Where do you start? How do you measure success?

To answer these and other critical questions, use this checklist to help guide your successful digital deployment.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Food & Beverage, Infor M3

What Digital Transformation Means For The Food & Beverage Industry

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

by Mike Edgett, Director of Industry Marketing for Process Manufacturing, Infor

System-wide modernization has been a long-term priority for many food and beverage (F&B) companies, but is often stalled waiting for funds. Several investment options compete for those hard-earned dollars. The continual need to develop new products to meet consumer demand often make research and development (R&D) spending the priority. What does that leave for software investment?

Now, as digital technology and disruptive innovations like the Internet of Things sweep across every business landscape, transforming the way we do business, the need for modernization is moving up in priority. Food manufacturers, however, may be overwhelmed and uncertain of where to start.

As customer behaviors and needs change, the F&B industry must have the flexibility to adjust business practices in order to meet those changes. Organizations need to embrace innovative technologies that help optimize daily operations and hone profit margins. It’s not just about offering the lowest prices. Now, to succeed, there must be customer alignment.

Here are seven ways to start building this differentiation through digital transformation, and the technologies that will help make these goals a reality.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Food & Beverage, Infor M3

When The Future Is Now, ERP Updates Prove Key To Success

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jun 29, 2017 7:17:18 PM

By Mary Trick, Chief Customer Officer, Infor

The typical age of an ERP solution release in a midmarket organization is more than seven years. A lot can change in that time – businesses expand, new technology is introduced, and new regulations are instituted.

  • Organizations on the latest version of their ERP software typically report a 13% reduction in operational costs.
  • Organizations that are implemented on the latest release are 70% more likely than those that are not to have the ability to share and integrate data with the extended enterprise; partners, customer, and regulatory bodies.
  • In an ever-more-mobile world, organizations with the latest ERP software are 67% more likely to have access on mobile devices.
  • 53% of organizations with the latest version use best practices of the ERP solution compared to 47% that are not.

If these findings aren’t enough to convince you of the merits of an upgraded ERP system, consider this: Out-of-date systems are harder to support and maintain. This translates into less efficiency and more cost and risk to you.


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Topics: Digital Transformation, Guest Blog, ERP

Digital Transformation In Omnichannel

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jun 26, 2017 11:01:57 AM

The following blog is being shared with permission.

By Miro Yaghi M.Eng, MBA, PMP, CPA, formerly Transformation leader and Chief Information Officer (CIO) with ICCG customer, Gildan Corporation, Montreal, Canada.

Digitization in an omnichannel environment is not about technology only its about the integration of process, people and technology. Its about understanding each of our customers preferences and providing them with a personalized, homogeneous, great experience in store, on line, offline, through mobile apps and with direct customer services. Every employee within a retail business line needs to provide the same quality of service by using all available technology with the objective to create and maintain a personalized, sustainable and repeatable relationship.


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Topics: Digital Transformation, Guest Blog

The Seven Decisions That Matter In A Digital Transformation: A CEO’s Guide To Reinvention

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Feb 24, 2017 1:56:43 PM

Being the CEO of a large company facing digital disruption can seem like being a gambler at a roulette table. You know you need to place bets to win, but you have no idea where to put your chips.

Of course, digital transformations aren’t games of chance. But they do require big and bold commitments in the midst of uncertainty to reinvent the business rather than just improve it.

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Topics: Digital Transformation

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