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While definitions for Industry 4.0 are numerous, it’s essentially: “The marriage of physical and digital technologies such as analytics,... Read the whole entry... »
This is part 2 in a series in honor of Small business Week. If you missed part 1, you can read it here. While...
This is part 1 in a series on small businesses in manufacturing. C heck back tomorrow for part 2. Small Business Week (April 29-May 5) provides an... Read the whole entry... »
Part 2 in a discussion of servitization in manufacturing. Servitization offers many benefits to manufacturers–if it is done well. It can be... Read the whole entry... »
Part 1 in a discussion of servitization in manufacturing. Check back tomorrow for part 2 To stand out from the sea of almost-alike sources,... Read the whole entry... »
While the Food and Beverage industry does have its fair share of early adopters of The Internet of Things (IoT) strategies, many companies are still... Read the whole entry... »
The Intersnack Group, owner of KP Snacks Selects Infor to Support Digital Transformation and Wholesale Move to the Cloud in Landmark Contract ... Read the whole entry... »
To successfully navigate the digitalized service landscape, manufacturers and distributors must have finely-tuned service operations in place, taking... Read the whole entry... »
by John Flavin, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Distribution Solutions, Sales From a 30,000-foot view, waves hitting Japan’s shore look... Read the whole entry... »
Digital disruption is the new normal. And, as part of their digitalization journey, manufacturers now have a whole spectrum of modern tools to... Read the whole entry... »
Today is International Women’s Day , a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This.....
Industrial Machinery and Equipment (IM&E) manufacturers will find positive trends in data derived from a survey of equipment distributors and... Read the whole entry... »
By Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy, focused on the Manufacturing Industry, Birst, an Infor company Digital transformation in... Read the whole entry... »
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) completed its 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour last week, making stops at several plants across... Read the whole entry... »
Trends to watch as you modernize and optimize The future looks bright for manufacturing. In the latest Manufacturers’...
The speed of change in today’s digital world is astounding. Blink and the entire market landscape has shifted. This is especially true in the world... Read the whole entry... »
A digital twin is a duplicate image of a physical object created by a steady stream of data flowing from embedded sensors in the object, thereby... Read the whole entry... »
A report published by the Leading Edge Alliance paints a rosy picture of the global outlook for manufacturing. Manufacturers’ optimism for the.....
As the global economy improves, companies are realizing this the right time to seize opportunities, make aggressive plans for growth, and step up... Read the whole entry... »
Workforce Issues Set to Dominate Discussion Infor will once again be a sponsor of the E...
Preview: Webinar January 18 at 11 am EST, 4 pm GMT It’s that time of year. Business analysts, industry pundits, and technology gurus are.....
As industry experts draft their annual forecasts for the new year, the escalating skills gaps and difficulty recruiting and retaining skilled workers... Read the whole entry... »
by Amar Kulkarni, Vice President of Manufacturing, Avaap Digital technologies are bringing sweeping change to the manufacturing industry. According... Read the whole entry... »
by Nick Castellini, Director Industry and Product Strategy, Discrete Manufacturing, Infor It is a good time to be an American worker. The economy is... Read the whole entry... »
by Nick Castellina Director of Industry and Product Strategy, Discrete Manufacturing, Infor Just as businesses have evolved in this digital... Read the whole entry... »
by Nick Castellina Director of Industry and Product Strategy, Discrete Manufacturing, Infor Just as businesses have evolved in this digital... Read the whole entry... »
The quoting process is a critical inflection point in the customer engagement cycle—and one of the factors that sets the tone for the entire... Read the whole entry... »
by guest contributor, Smitha Singh, Director of Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Virtusa Digital technology is here to stay and changing... Read the whole entry... »
The Food and Beverage industry has had its ups and downs, hits and misses, close calls and grand slam hits out of the ball park. Erratic seems to be... Read the whole entry... »
The Food and Beverage industry has had its ups and downs, hits and misses, close calls and grand slam hits out of the ball park. Erratic seems to be... Read the whole entry... »
Connectivity is critical in manufacturing today, and not just within the organization, but extending beyond the four walls and embracing a wider web... Read the whole entry... »
A survey was recently conducted by GT Nexus, an Infor company, and Capgemini about the current and future state of the digital supply chain. The...
When analyst reports and trade articles encourage you to begin the digital transformation of your supply chain, do you shove the ideas away in your... Read the whole entry... »
A recent survey, conducted by RSM US, an audit, tax and consulting firm, indicates manufacturing executives are largely optimistic. Many indicate... Read the whole entry... »
In honor of Halloween, we thought we would take a poll of some of our Infor manufacturing team members and see what makes them quiver and quake. As... Read the whole entry... »
By Jeff Carr, Founder and CEO, Ultra Consultants “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of... Read the...
Guest post by Jessica Dunyon, Workforce Management, Manufacturing, Americas, @jessicadunyon When I was completing my undergraduate degree, I.....
By Stacie Immesberger, Director, Solutions Strategy and Marketing, Supply Chain Planning and Execution, Infor In recognition of Manufacturing Day, we... Read the whole entry... »
By Craig Wright, Sr. Director, Infor CX The rise of the connected consumer means that customers are more educated and price-savvy about their options... Read the whole entry... »...
As part of our month-long celebration of Manufacturing Day, we continue our salute to manufacturers and their hard work in forging the industry of... Read the whole entry... »
As our month-long celebration of “Manufacturing Day” continues, we invited Avaap, Infor Alliance partner, to share views on the changing... Read the whole entry... »
In honor of Manufacturing Day, we continue our blog series which addresses the evolving issues in the industry, especially the existing skills gaps... Read the whole entry... »
By Monica Truelsch, Director, Infor GT Nexus Commerce Network Over 100 years ago, construction began on the Ford River Rouge Complex on 2000 acres in... Read the whole entry... »
In recognition of Manufacturing Day, our tribute to the hard working teams in plants across the country continues. Today, we turn our attention to... Read the whole entry... »
Happy Manufacturing Day! We end our week-long tribute to modern manufacturing with a guest blog post from Brian Raymond , director of innovation.....
By John Flavin, EVP, Infor Manufacturing & Distribution solutions I like made-up holidays as much as I like this social media stuff I’ve been... Read the whole entry... »
In honor of Manufacturing Day, October 6, we continue our series of articles on the state of manufacturing, the evolving workforce, and the outlook... Read the whole entry... »
As part of our celebration of Manufacturing Week, we look at the dynamic changes happening in factories today, from digital disruption to the... Read the whole entry... »
Celebrating. Innovating. Empowering . The state of manufacturing is in the national spotlight this week as the industry and its supporters, like... Read the whole entry... »
Infor is a proud supporter of manufacturers. We applaud your hard work, your commitment to growth, and spirit of innovation. We’ve... Read the whole entry... »
In this 3-part blog series, we discuss how to foster a digital-ready company culture and the modern technologies which support this new way of... Read the whole entry... »
Previously, in Part 1 of this series, we discussed barriers to digital deployment. Now, we move on to defining elements of the company culture. .....
In this 3-part blog series, we discuss how to foster a digital-ready company culture and the modern technologies which support this new way of... Read the whole entry... »
From bakeries to zucchini farmers, food and beverage companies are eager to pursue avenues of growth. Many endeavor to jump start these opportunities... Read the whole entry... »
by Stacie Immesberger, Director, Solutions Strategy and Marketing, Supply Chain Planning and Execution, Infor We often speak about how much... Read the whole entry... »
This is the conclusion to a two-part series. Click here to read part one. In yesterday’s blog post, we covered why now...
This is part one in a series The series offers advice on how to get started on your digital journey. The insights apply to large enterprises... Read the whole entry... »
by Pedro Arellano, Vice President of Product Strategy at Birst, an Infor company. Machine Learning has gone from a niche area of technology to being... Read the whole entry... »
In a recent North America conference of IT professionals in the manufacturing segment, a speaker asked the audience who in the group had a digital plan.....
By Debbie Krupitzer, NA Practice Lead for Digital Manufacturing and Industrial IoT at Capgemini. During the recent Inforum, I had the pleasure of... Read the whole entry... »
by Kevin Joyce, CMO and vice president of strategy services with The Pedowitz Group. I recently had the honor of moderating a panel discussion on the... Read the whole entry... »
Artificial intelligence (AI) is real, and it’s going to be huge. If you think you’ve heard that one before, hold on a minute. It’s true... Read the whole entry... »
It’s no secret that customer centricity is quickly becoming the most critical factor in establishing market differentiation and building long term... Read the whole entry... »
Part 4 of a 5-part series on the changing C-level foundation in manufacturing Despite pressure to adopt disruptive technology at the speed of change,... Read the whole entry... »
Part 3 of a 5-part series on the changing C-level foundation in manufacturing Despite pressure to adopt disruptive technology at the speed of... Read the whole entry... »
Part 2 of a 5-part series on the changing C-level foundation in manufacturing Despite pressure to adopt disruptive technology at the speed of change,... Read the whole entry... »
A 5-part series on the changing C-level foundation in manufacturing Despite pressure to adopt disruptive technology at the speed of change,... Read the whole entry... »
Infor and IndustryWeek recently hosted a panel discussion on the front-line issues surrounding innovation in manufacturing. Professionals from... Read the whole entry... »
Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director, said in a recent speech that...
Given all the attention to the supply chain over the past two decades, one might think all available efficiencies have already been found. But in the... Read the whole entry... »
Building and turning on an “innovation engine” is no easy task. Manufacturers in all industries are facing increased pressure to speed... Read the whole entry... »
It’s the era of customer focus. Manufacturers in every industry are learning that customer obsession—not just customer service—is increasingly... Read the whole entry... »
Manufacturing jobs are in the spotlight once again. The federal focus on bringing manufacturing jobs back to American workers has stirred up the... Read the whole entry... »
Innovation is a central component of manufacturing today. It takes many forms and addresses many functions. Some are simple tactics for improving shop... Read the whole entry... »
The pharmaceutical industry is anything but stable. While an aging population and emerging technologies offer an optimistic outlook, downward pressure... Read the whole entry... »
A new report from the MPI Group examines the challenges and opportunities industrial machinery and equipment (IM&E) manufacturers face and... Read the whole entry... »
You’ve likely heard or read about the predictions stating smart, connected products, systems, and machinery will transform manufacturing.... Read the whole entry... »
Inconsistent productivity rates can cause recurring issues for industrial machinery and equipment (IM&E) manufacturers, impacting overall customer... Read the whole entry... »
When Lean manufacturing concepts first gained attention in western manufacturing, ERP solutions were entirely different than they are today. In those... Read the whole entry... »
Improving productivity in manufacturing today is like trying to invent a better mousetrap. Manufacturers already have systems that work and are highly... Read the whole entry... »
Over the last century, the world’s population has quadrupled. According to the Harvard Business Review, in 1915 there were 1.8 billion people.....
We’ve heard it for a few years now: Millennials don’t buy cars. First we heard it from a 2011 study from the University of Michigan ......
Attitudes toward cloud computing have undergone a fundamental transformation. While initially viewed as an effective new way to save on capital... Read the whole entry... »
Infor has commissioned a new report from analyst firm MPI Group to examine the state of industry for industrial machinery and equipment manufacturers... Read the whole entry... »
Manufacturers, attempting to move at the speed of change, run the risk of becoming careless about regulations and mandates. As they rush to market... Read the whole entry... »
Industry experts frequently talk about agility. It’s one of today’s most popular buzz words. But, for industrial manufacturers or manufacturers... Read the whole entry... »
Although grocery shoppers have been relatively slow to embrace online sales channels, new technology and enhanced delivery options are accelerating... Read the whole entry... »
The Trump administration has been firm on its stance to bring more manufacturing jobs to the United States. However, the details are still unclear as... Read the whole entry... »
Like their US peers , UK automakers are bracing for an uncertain year ahead after enjoying a record-breaking 2016. Last week, the Society of Motor.....
Here’s part 2 of a 2-part article looking at the impact of nationalism on US manufacturing. Read part 1....
Digital technologies are changing the face of manufacturing. The sweeping changes are often accelerating faster than companies can craft... Read the whole entry... »
Any incremental climb in manufacturing jobs is good news. But when the US Department of Labor announced 255,000 new jobs were created in July, that... Read the whole entry... »
EEF reports on manufacturers’ response to UK’s European Union referendum Manufacturers know that global political issues tend to trickle down to... Read the whole entry... »
Product development is the lifeblood of a successful manufacturing company. But in many cases it can also be a double-edged sword. On the one hand,... Read the whole entry... »
Farnborough, the birthplace of UK aviation, will be hosting the international Farnborough Airshow beginning Monday, July 11. This is...
Infor President Stephen Scholl weighed in on the health of U.S. manufacturing last week in a Contributors Blog post on The Hill , a popular political... Read the whole entry... »
Can government-backed initiatives help manufacturers learn their new roles? The formation of the ninth manufacturing hub was announced...
With an increasing focus on global sourcing, food & beverage managers are facing a whole new range of food safety challenges. Not only do they... Read the whole entry... »
Supply chains face increasing levels of risk and volatility. As economic change accelerates and varieties of threats and risk grow, supply chain... Read the whole entry... »
Bimodal business was a major theme at Gartner’s 2016 Supply Chain Execution Conference in Phoenix last week. A bimodal strategy is essential for.....
Take a look at the effectiveness of most product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, and you'll see that simple tasks are usually handled quite comfortably. With abilities predominantly based around product data management (PDM), many of these applications are sufficient for smaller companies...
Bimodal IT: What goes around, comes around Ford Motor Co. made headlines recently when it announced its intent to split its IT organization into two divisions: one to focus on IT core competencies, and another dedicated to emerging technologies like robotics, ride sharing, and automated driving...
We all know that effective sales & operations planning (S&OP) relies on having recent and relevant information at your fingertips. However, with most communications taking place over email, SharePoint®, and instant messaging, it doesn't take long before sorting through a plethora of...
To examine the factors that lead to process manufacturing success, the Aberdeen Group compiled a study to examine how top-performing companies set themselves apart. One key finding was their attitude towards promoting visibility through the enterprise. This was in fact the biggest single difference...
Unexpected down-time can be your worst enemy. That’s why manufacturers are increasingly turning to enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions to help them maintain and manage their critical shop floor machines, fleets and equipment. If you are evaluating EAM solutions for future investments, you...
As traditional services such as transportation warehousing and order fulfillment become commoditized, third-party logistics (3PL) providers are compelled to develop strategies for offering new capabilities and services to remain competitive. The driver of any business strategy is the customer. In a...
In our previous post (01/04/2016) we looked at the key attributes that set leaders in Process Manufacturing apart. One of the standout finding was the priority that top-performing companies placed on regulatory compliance. With controls increasing in number and in complexity every year, a failure...
Integrated business planning (IBP) is not a revolutionary concept, yet many food & beverage and chemical companies are still operating in rigid supply chain silos. So what is IBP for process manufacturing? And what can it do for you? Join Infor IBP webinar on Tuesday, Jan 26 at noon EST to find...
Auto suppliers are adding capacity to meet the anticipated boost in production, expected to top 19 million units by 2022, according to data from IHS Automotive. If you find yourself struggling to keep up with demand, now may be a good time to consider how you are going to get ahead of things in...
2016 Predictions series: Beyond the hype and hogwash 2016 is shaping up to be the year for mergers and acquisitions in the auto industry. As an auto manufacturer and supplier, that means there will likely be new business partners, new processes, and new expectations for you. Here are some things to...
2016 Predictions series: Beyond the hype and hogwash Although the business of predictions is spotty at best, it’s still fun to use the turning of the New Year as an opportunity to put forward an educated guess about what we’ll see in business, technology, and industry for the year ahead. Both the...
2016 Predictions series: Beyond the hype and hogwash Predictions for the future of manufacturing point to many disruptive technologies appearing on a foggy horizon. We know they are out there, but the details seem to be vague and elusive, clouded in hyperbole and hype. They are the exciting...
2016 predictions series: Beyond the hype and hogwash In 2015, most industrial manufacturers experienced modest levels of profitability helped by lower commodity prices and low wage inflation. This environment provided a brief window of opportunity to consider the role new “disruptive” technologies...
Although the final numbers have yet to be tallied, it’s safe to say 2015 was a year of substantial growth for US automakers and suppliers. Automakers reported their best October sales in a decade with 1.46 million vehicles sold that month—representing a 13.6% increase over the same period a year...
When looking to enhance competitiveness, it pays to examine how top performing manufacturers operate - and identify just what it is that sets leaders apart. In a recent study on Process Manufacturing, the Aberdeen Group rated companies against key attributes for manufacturing success: > Response...
Beyond the hype and hogwash: Infor strategists predict 2016 will usher in manufacturing milestones It’s that time of year when trade industry writers reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and gaze into the future to predict forthcoming trends. While optimistic pundits will put on rose-colored...
For as many years as we can remember, supply chain visibility has topped the charts of desired capabilities in virtually every survey of supply chain executives. It is also one of the most elusive capabilities for most companies. Global competition, complexity, speed, accuracy, regulatory...
Part 3 of 3-part series: Disruptive Technologies aren’t so scary after all Big impact technologies In the past two installments of this series, we discussed the high impact of disruptive technologies and the value of a paradigm shift, including examples of past manufacturing transformations that...
Part 2 of 3-part series: Disruptive technologies aren’t so scary after all Fact or fiction? Manufacturers who have become skeptical after surfing wave after wave of new IT technology launches may doubt a whole industry transformation is even possible—or desirable. Is a paradigm shift plausible? To...
Read the independent TEC Focus Indicator and compare for yourself There are many factors involved in choosing an ERP system that's ideally suited to a Process Manufacturing business. So to find out exactly how leading vendors rate, the Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) took a closer look. Based...
Part 1 of 3-part series: Disruptive technologies aren’t so scary after all “Are disruptive technologies worth the disruption they cause?” That’s a question many manufacturers ask themselves when they hear promises of world-changing technology. Although “disruptive technology” may sound intimidating...
Midport have signed an agreement with a new customer, a large provider of maintenance services for the rail industry. The project includes a comprehensive implementation of ERP Infor LN, Infor ION and a large-scale integration project.
Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced strong momentum for Infor ION technology. More than 900 organizations in 59 countries have purchased ION, making it the top-selling and fastest-growing product in Infor's portfolio of...
Infor a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that Infor LN has been recognized as a Leader among enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications in Nucleus Research's latest Technology Value Matrix for Enterprise Resource Planning.