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Manufacturers Lead in Big Data – So Now What?

Mark Symonds January 9, 2012 0

“Manufacturing stores more data than any other sector — close to 2 exabytes of new data stored in 2010,” according to McKinsey’s report on big data. Given that the manufacturing sector continues to show increasing

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Big Data for a Big Advantage

Mark Symonds November 11, 2011 0

The researchers at Gartner recently predicted its top 10 IT trends for 2012 – trends with the potential for a significant impact on the enterprise. These technologies include the pervasiveness of tablet computers, cloud

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ERP and the Promise of Lean

Mark Symonds October 14, 2011 2

Most organizations understand that lean manufacturing techniques can transform the way companies deliver products to their customers and manage their supplier relationships. However, we’ve seen a big performance gap between those manufacturers that simply use

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The IT Evolution

Mark Symonds August 26, 2011 0

Until the late 90’s, the main role of the IT department (then known as data processing) was to write and maintain programs to run parts of the business. Much of its time and resources

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We Are What We Measure

Mark Symonds July 29, 2011 0

A recent article in Wired magazine (The Feedback Loop) discusses the power of feedback in influencing behavior. The example cited is the speed monitoring signs now installed along many city and neighborhood streets that

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A Lesson from the Cloud: Know Thy Vendor

Mark Symonds June 13, 2011 0

Last month’s much publicized outage at Amazon’s cloud service has many cloud users and potential cloud users wondering about the reliability of cloud-based infrastructure and applications. Recent posts from this blog, including The Effects and

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Made in the USA, Again: Low Cost, High Efficiency Manufacturers to Usher in Manufacturing Renaissance?

Mark Symonds May 13, 2011 0

A recent study from Boston Consulting Group caught our eye here at Plex Systems. Its May 2011 announcement “Made in the USA, Again: Manufacturing Is Expected to Return to America as China’s Rising Labor

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Preserving the Manufacturing Brain Trust

Mark Symonds April 1, 2011 1

There’s an awful lot of accumulated manufacturing knowledge on the typical shop floor. Losing a skilled shop floor worker is a significant loss for the enterprise in terms of process knowledge. Manufacturers can only

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ERP Upgrades: In Search of an Extreme Makeover

Mark Symonds March 7, 2011 0

Ask most companies and you’ll get the same answer. The ERP software upgrade process is both disruptive and expensive, especially for those companies that have modified their legacy ERP solution. Research backs this up;

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Are You Well Positioned for Growth?

Mark Symonds January 14, 2011 0

After a challenging few years, manufacturers are welcoming a new era with significant upticks in business activity. Recent news reports show that factories, in a wide range of industries, boosted output and booked more

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