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How You Can Drive Business Transformation With Infor CloudSuites.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on May 6, 2021 11:47:41 AM

There has never been a better opportunity for you to embrace technology that drives innovation. Transforming and evolving as an organization is now a requirement to thrive and protect continuity of business. Infor helps Lawson S3 customers drive digital transformation and ensure business continuity with Infor industry CloudSuites. Infor CloudSuite customers leverage improved automation and role-based security to tighten access to sensitive data, scale quickly and efficiently, and harness the power and responsiveness of Infor’s modern system architecture to stay ahead and compete.

Infor CloudSuites are built on Amazon Web Services (AWS), the market leader for cloud-based infrastructure as a service and platform as a service for over 10 years. This best-in-class system architecture is purpose-built for innovation, providing you with industry-leading scalability and availability, integrated governance and control, and unparalleled extensibility to democratize data for end users.

Infor CloudSuites, including CloudSuite Healthcare, CloudSuite Corporate, and CloudSuite Public Sector, provide an easy path for Lawson S3 financials and global human resources customers to digitally evolve business operations. CloudSuites deliver industry-specific capabilities without extensive customizations or integrations. Infor’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) competitors struggle to tap into the latest advances in enterprise functionality with as little business disruption and as cost effectively as with our AWS tag team.

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Topics: ERP, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Network, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software

Achieving Maintenance 4.0 In Food And Beverage Manufacturing

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 29, 2021 1:57:52 PM

Since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing processes have undergone several revolutions characterized by ever-greater automation. Today, the fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, takes advantage of big data and machine learning to drive smart, highly automated processes. A pretty familiar concept.

Less well understood, but equally momentous, has been a parallel evolution in asset maintenance. Maintenance 1.0 relied on highly-trained specialists to visually inspect machinery. Maintenance 2.0 gave humans instrumentation to measure how equipment was running, while Maintenance 3.0 used real-time monitoring to understand the condition of an asset systematically and programmatically. Now with the Internet of Things (IoT) collecting sensor data, Maintenance 4.0 sees that data captured in a data lake repository, and algorithms and analytics applied to better predict when a given asset will fail, and how to correct the problem—preventing a potential food safety issue.

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Topics: ERP, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Network, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software

The Impact Of Asset Performance On Food Safety

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 15, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Asset performance is key for food and beverage processors to reliably produce safe food at the lowest cost. This goes beyond only having the equipment available. Asset performance is one of three variables used to calculate the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)—the other two variables are availability and quality. In food and beverage processing, quality is primarily about food safety, which is non-negotiable. Studies show that a food safety issue leading to a recall in average costs $10 million. The associated brand damage can be unmeasurable.

The state of equipment and the behaviour of workers have a big impact on food safety. Eliminating food safety risks and risks to workers are the primary responsibilities of any food processing company. Numerous food safety issues caused by contaminations with extraneous material like metal coming from broken filling equipment, or grease or detergent remnants are reported to the FDA and RASFF every year. Cross contamination, pathogens, and faulty labeling are other possible reasons why food and beverage manufacturers must recall products

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Supply Chain, Artificial Intelligence, digital technology, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Enterprise Software

Centralizing Restaurant POS Menu Management

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Mar 30, 2021 8:30:00 AM

When every transaction counts more so than ever before in restaurants and food services, forward-thinking strategies around restaurant menu management have become more important than ever before. Central to that is how much leading organizations have risen to the occasion to streamline the way they manage they their offering and push the newest versions of menus to the point of sale, unified across locations and concepts.

Restaurants and managed food services rely on current data and the technology needed to find useful narratives about how to enhance performance and maximize returns, specifically at the menu item level. How does that work? What role does restaurant POS play in that process? Let’s take a look.

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Topics: ERP, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Supply Chain, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Enterprise Software

The Role Of AI And Machine Learning In Food Technology

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Mar 18, 2021 10:28:05 PM

The food and beverage industry is ripe with complexities, and the journey from idea to commercialization is long and arduous for food technologists. New product ideas or packaging developments have to endure rigorous data collection, testing, and certifications to make it to consumer shelves—processes carried out by food technologists working with manual tools, creating a wide margin for potential error.

Excel and pen-and-paper methods are common ways to record data and make calculations regarding research and development, quality standards, raw supplies orders, and dozens of other variables associated with the manufacturing process. Luckily, the industry has seen an uptick in the adoption of digital transformation methodologies. Accessible, commodity-based technologies are making it easier to accurately record data and make mission-critical calculations.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Supply Chain, Artificial Intelligence, digital technology, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Enterprise Software

Cut F&B Production Downtime With Smart Asset Management

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Mar 2, 2021 9:30:00 AM
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No food and beverage (F&B) company can afford unscheduled downtime. F&B is an industry pressured by outside forces such as consumer tastes and commodity pricing. But what is within control are the operations that get product to consumers. One big way to optimize production is to slash downtime to deliver tens of thousands of dollars back to the bottom line. In this e-book we provide tips on harnessing IoT, data-driven enterprise asset management (EAM), and smart technologies to strike a careful balance between lean efficiency and maximized uptime.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Distribution, Supply Chain, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software

Why Are Leading Restaurants Giving Up Control To Their Customers?

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Feb 11, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Restaurant and food services organizations have adapted their services in recent times by investing in cloud-based restaurant point of sale and its capacity to integrate across locations with emerging technology. A big trend within that has been in POS integrations with mobile and self-serve solutions that allow guests to manage their own orders. This is particularly pertinent in an era of social distancing. But even before that became central to how restaurant and food service organizations engage with guests, the modern restaurant guest sought out channels where they can manage the details of their orders themselves in favor of the traditional staff-operated POS terminal. That trend was driven by how culture and technology converged.

Self-directed ordering is particularly relevant now when minimizing contact is so important to feeling safe and secure when interacting with brands. The organizations that are winning right now are embracing that by giving up control over managing the details of an order and leaving it to those who know about those order details better than anyone – the guests themselves. What kinds of benefits does this trend represent for the restaurant and food service industries in this era of change? What does it mean for organizations ahead in the 2020s? Let’s take a look.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Distribution, Supply Chain, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Enterprise Software

Why Are Restaurants And Food Services Investing In The Cloud?

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Feb 4, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Our recent era has tested the restaurants and food services industries to be flexible, adaptive, and more aware that being able to anticipate what’s to come is a vital component for staying competitive in the present. It’s also taught the industry that that status quo and the legacy systems that prop up outdated assumptions work directly against those efforts. A movement towards digitalization that has been happening over the last few years and embraced by restaurant and foodservice industry leaders has helped businesses to build a solid foundation for success.

Cloud infrastructure, SaaS, and cloud technology for restaurants and food services deployed to all brand locations has helped organizations to address the seismic shift that the industry is facing right now. How has this technology done this? How do the challenges and successes of the present point the way to resilience in the future? Let’s take a look.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Distribution, Supply Chain, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Enterprise Software

Five 2021 Technology Trends For The Food & Beverage Industry

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jan 15, 2021 8:18:31 AM

Food and beverage companies faced a pivotal year in 2020 as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses to reevaluate their supply chain and operations strategy. To combat the challenges of supply chain disruption, shifting consumer demand, and market uncertainty, many organizations have turned to technology to promote resiliency and galvanize their business processes for the year ahead.

Below are five technology trends that experts anticipate will gain popularity in the year ahead as manufacturers prioritize agility and resilience over reactivity.

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Topics: ERP, Food & Beverage, Supply Chain, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, WMS, Supply Chain Management

Consumers Increase Pressure On F&B Manufacturers For Innovation.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jan 5, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Many consumers are passionate about the quality of their food, the health implications, and the environmental footprint made by food manufacturers. To meet their shifting expectations, food and beverage manufacturers must speed product introductions and develop new offerings that reflect the changing views on what is fresh, healthy, and mindful—and technology can help. It’s not just taste, freshness, and convenience that drive food purchases today. Conscientious consumers also focus on health, wellness, and social issues as they shop for family meals. They take nutrition labels, visibility into suppliers, humane treatment of animals, and environmental sustainability into consideration when shopping for food. While these expectations put added pressure on food and beverage manufacturers, companies that turn to technology to help, should seize the opportunity. Meeting the demands of today’s socially aware consumers can be a valuable differentiator.

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Topics: ERP, Food & Beverage, Supply Chain, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, WMS, Supply Chain Management

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