How a Supply Chain Planning System Drives Total Value, Part 2

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a two-part series examining how a supply chain planning system model can improve customer service and drive total value creation. Supply chain complexity has increased exponentially over the past several decades because of globalization, consumer demand for increased product customization and the development of multi-functional business processes…

Avnet’s Next Test: Avoiding the Serial Restructuring Trap

Avnet Inc. Is mending. It is not hale and hearty yet, though, and as it revels in recent financial wins, the distributor confronts a new challenge: shaking off the impression that it has fallen into an inescapable restructuring corkscrew. The perception that Avnet is perennially retooling operations clashes hard with the image that CEO William…

IFS IoT and digital transformation

A Case for IoT and ERP Integration in Industrial Manufacturing

A new IFS study indicates that a lack of integration between the internet of things (IoT) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems negatively impacts the readiness of North American industrial companies in their digital transformation. A key finding revealed that only 16 percent of industrial companies use IoT data in ERP software. Companies across many…

The Digital Supply Chain is Operating Below its Potentials

Although the growth of the Internet has been fairly constant over many years, it has in fact been driven by profound changes in usage patterns. One such change was the advent of social technology platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and WeChat that for the first time have brought shared identities and interactions to the public web.…

Survey Reveals ERP Deficiencies

Austin, Tex. – Half of Respondents Rate Their ERP as Merely Average; Struggle to Access Information Users Want Choice: Mobile, Social and Deployment Flexibility Chinese Businesses Lead in Leveraging Next-Gen ERP The latest global survey* from Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, reveals several enterprise resource…