I.T.

Achieving a smooth ERP implementation

Posted on 29 Jan 2012 by Tim Brown

Ask any ERP veteran, and you’ll get pretty much the same answer. There are, in short, two critical phases with a new ERP system: making the right final selection, and going about the implementation in the right way.

And if pressed, they’ll tell you that of the two, it’s implementation that is th…

Process perfect

For one manufacturer, the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship ERP system — Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, which was launched this summer — will hold few surprises.

And that’s because, working closely with experts from implementation specialists Columbus IT, the manufacture…

JCB adopts anti-theft technology, adds two models

JCB THL 550-80 waste disposal
Posted on 17 Jan 2012 by

Digger maker JCB implements telemetry technology to 80% of its fleet and expanded its range with two new model variants.

JCB’s LiveLink telematics system will be fitted as standard on 80% of its products sold across Europe.

The proprietary LiveLink system provides a telematic link to JCB machin…

IT in manufacturing – Opportunity ahead

Business Intelligence - IT in manufacturing
Posted on 5 Jan 2012 by Aiden Burgess

At a conference to highlight the returns offered by Business Intelligence, Malcolm Wheatley finds solid evidence of the technology’s benefits for manufacturers.

Ten years ago, few manufacturers had heard of Business Intelligence. Large retailers and financial institutions knew of it, to b

EMC: IT is for the greater good

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 by

Breaking down silos in traditionally function-oriented businesses can be both practically and culturally challenging. But, as Jane Gray discovers it can free-up unrealised potential and amplify an organisation’s ability to exploit existing capabilities.

The relationship between IT and …

Street light manufacturer draws power from IT

Urbis Lighting uses Microsoft Dynamics AX
Posted on 4 Jan 2012 by

Replacing a bespoke legacy system with Microsoft Dynamics AX has delivered a smooth business transformation for Urbis Lighting which belies it power, finds Malcolm Wheatley.

This article follows a case study of a company where:

  • A bespoke legacy system was posing excessive IT risk.
  • Dynamics AX of

Extending the ERP footprint through integration

Posted on 3 Jan 2012 by Tim Brown

Based in Preston, family-owned Evans Vanodine produces 23 million litres of cleaning and hygiene chemicals each year, and exports to over 70 countries around the world. But spread across 1600 different product lines, and with pack sizes, styles and label variants all subject to customers’ ind

It’s time manufacturing went mobile

These days it is difficult to remember life without mobile phones. In fact a whole generation of “digital natives” have grown up with mobile technology and expect to be able to use it for both personal and business purposes.

More recently, the introduction of smartphones such as the iPhone and t…

Autodesk enters PLM market

Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by

At the Autodesk University in Las Vegas, the company has unveiled a new cloud-based PLM solution that is expected to transform how manufacturers manage the entire lifecycle of a product.

Autodesk believes it will deliver a “disruptive” new approach to product lifecycle management, which …