It’s a business thing

As companies race to seize competitive advantage in a tentative economic upturn the need for ever finer degrees of efficiency is pushing the use of IT and automated analytics up the strategic priority list. But what does this mean for manufacturers? Jane Gray chewed the fat with industry representatives.

Intelligent action

Business intelligence is increasingly being used right across the manufacturing enterprise — and thanks to user-friendly advances such as dashboards, these days even smaller manufacturers can benefit, says Malcolm Wheatley.

When things go south

A business continuity plan can keep a company in business through times of crisis, but very few organisations have one ready to deploy when a disaster hits. Roberto Priolo investigates.