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Manufacturing 2020: How far is your business looking into the future?

Learn how to take your manufacturing company to 2020 and beyond with this exclusive new free report from Columbus and The Manufacturer, and published by Raconteur.

Manufacturing decision-makers must be able to look to 2020 and beyond to deliver an effective and future-proofed business.

That’…

The Smart Systems Buyer’s Guide for Manufacturers

In today’s world, fierce global competition is driving companies to seek new ways to competitively differentiate their products. Many companies are incorporating embedded software into their products to set their products apart from the competition.

Embedded software offers opportuni…

What do cloud-based operating systems offer manufacturers?

In an Internet of Things, billions of things have addresses and are linked to the Internet. They can transmit data to the cloud for processing, and be managed and controlled via applications.

This scenario will become a reality thanks to increasingly miniaturised computers, affordable sensors, …

Industry 4.0: Business Value, Opportunities & Challenges

It is certainly exciting times in the manufacturing and supply chain world.

As technological advances abound at pace for the industrial sector, there is huge business value at stake, massive opportunities to be seized, and of course, plentiful challenges to be overcome.

In their latest whitepap…

How to identify when your ERP system is mis-firing

The key objective of an ERP system is to drive up efficiencies and effectiveness in your business.

It should drive business growth, business value and profitability. Ask yourself whether your ERP system is really delivering for your business on these fronts?

There are many, many examples of ERP fa…

Maximizing Supply Chain Planning with Big Data

Historically it has been difficult to monitor the performance of your supply chain, however with the advent of Big Data it is now simple to keep track.

Keeping up with data and the ways to use it is now the biggest issue, 60% of supply chain bosses say that keeping up with the pace of change is among their t…

How to survive ERP in 2018

When it comes to choosing an ERP system there are hundreds of things to consider before choosing the perfect system, however choosing your ideal solution is just the first step of the journey.

There is implementation, training staff to understand the software and creating best practice to think ab…

How to cut costs and time with custom solutions

Designing a new product is often an exciting experience for firms. Creating the new product can often by a very difficult process though, which often includes creating new, bespoke solutions. This can be a difficult process and incur large costs.

Finding an end to end solution, which encompasses d…

Five Steps to Successful Servitization

All manufacturing companies are transitioning to technology companies.

With shift comes a fundamental revenue shift. It is much less about increasing sales through products and much more about increasing profitability through better business outcomes for your customers from the services yo…

UK Leadership in Manufacturing: The Post-Revolutionary Debate

There has been a lot of talk about the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but what is it really like to be part of it? What have we all learned so far? How is this impacting what we do next?

On 1 November at the state-of-the-art Cisco Experience Centre, manufacturing leaders and influencers came together to …