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Think Direct Materials Negotiations Could be Better? Guaranteed.

Can you point to a way to save on your direct materials procurement negotiations? Maybe not. However, most professionals involved in sourcing and direct procurement know that they are leaving money on the table. As timeframes continue to shrink for complex supply chains to introduce new and improved products, it’s become harder to make good […]

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Sounds create their own big data - hearing it may create advantage

Hearing the Big Data of Sound

What’s often the first indicator that something’s gone wrong? A change in what you hear. A sound. Think about this in your plant. Sound and vibration are powerful indicators of a change in condition. Wouldn’t it be great if you could incorporate that into your predictive and prescriptive maintenance? Or into your service offering for […]

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Analytics specific to e-commerce fulfillment can save companies money and help meet customers expectations.

Smarter e-Commerce Fulfillment: A Smart Investment

I love to shop on-line. When I order on-line, like everyone else, I look for fast, low-cost or even free shipping. Amazon has taught us to expect that, and reliable, on-time arrival goes without saying. By the way, I want easy returns too. It’s great for consumers, but not necessarily so great for companies selling […]

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Lean indicators of grace and gratitude

When Lean Works: Gracefulness and Gratitude

If went in and toured two facilities, could you distinguish one with a truly lean culture from one that doesn’t? I wouldn’t have. Until Wednesday. Here’s the answer: You’d see gracefulness and gratitude. The people would be moving through their work with grace: with no hitches, confusion, sidetracking or backtracking. When one group or person’s […]

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Industrial (R)Evolution Siemens Style

The (R)Evolution in Industry: Siemens Style

Everything is changing so fast it’s difficult to fathom. Does that sound trite? That is the truth of Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Digitalization, or whatever you call it. Last week, the Siemens PLM Industry Analyst Conference theme was:  “Digitalization Changes Everything, Everywhere.” The question I came away with is whether this is an evolution or […]

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Big data vortex

Transformation through Big Data

If you have a business transformation initiative, you’d better be ready to support it with big data.  Yes, the long-term success of a new company strategy almost certainly depends on this particular technology. Most business transformation programs focus on how to deliver greater or more differentiated value to customers and the market. If it were […]

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MES in Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 – Obvious and Subtle

The potential benefits of foreseeing the future are pretty obvious. It means you can prepare. Yet what you need to do to prepare for that foreseen future may not be quite so obvious. That is to say, you might need discernment to see subtle differences in approaches that will and won’t be suitable. Industry 4.0 […]

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Inside & Outside the box

Outside-the-box Business Applications

Is it time to re-vamp how you manage your enterprise information and business processes? Probably. Most companies are boxed in by their systems today. Nearly every company has an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and these were critical to establishing business process flows. Yet ERP has some major mismatches with how companies work today. For […]

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3DS Analyst Meeting 2015

Building Toward Big Vision: The Dassault Experience

What is the most challenging part of pursuing a big vision? Often, it’s turning it into reality. The progress must be steady and realistic, which can be frustrating for a visionary. Yet the typical path to a bigger, better future is step-by-step, gathering steam and support from others as you go. Sometimes the path will […]

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Manufacturing Magic at IMTS

What can you imagine designing and making? Dream as big or small or complex as you’d like…Someone can probably make it, and quickly. At least that’s the big impression I came back with after visiting the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) last week. It was manufacturing magic. I was there representing Iyno and also discussing […]

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