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SAP Influencer Summit: The Need for Speed!

By Simon Ellis

The theme of speed was prominently displayed at the SAP Influencer's Summit in Boston this week. To the degree that manufacturers are dealing with a more rapid pace of business, a number of technologies seem poised to provide some 'relief'.  Indeed, during one of the keynote panel discussions at the summit, a gentleman from Heinz made what I felt to be the defining comment of the day.

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Bob Parker and I recently took part in the Next Generation Manufacturing conference hosted in Austin, TX, The theme of the conference centered on managing complexity.  If this sounds familiar it's because we participated in a similar program earlier in the year in Spain.  Once again, we made a distinction early in the proceedings between "complication" -- essentially waste which should be eliminated, and "complexity" -- a fact of life in modern manufacturing given the advanced

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Lifelike Progress at Dassault

By Robert Parker

One of the most challenging things a software company can do is re-platform its underpinning technology.  It is a thankless job, most customers don't appreciate the long term benefits and certainly don't want the near term sacrifices of less incremental functionality.  Similarly, prospective customers worry that they are getting in at the first iteration of a product which is often associated with performance risk.

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    Kimberly Knickle says:
    Good question.  I think manufacturers are working to retain those employees that are willing to change with the business and with the technology that's increasingly part of their everyday life.  But no data to prove that theory, unfortunately.
    4 months ago
  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    delger says:
    Based on the data shared above, how important is it for Manufacturers to engage and retain their current employees?  And are you seeing a trend in that regard?
    4 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Jeff Hojlo says:
    Thanks for your comments - agreed.  Nice article, and I look forward to our next conversation.
    Best Regards,
    5 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Antony Bourne says:
    I agree with your comments in the webcast and also am of the same opinion, and think that manufacturers need to take small steps on this journey since it is not an on/off switch that they need to use, but a process in which they make improvement after improvement since a lot of learning will happen along the way.
    I also have written a blog…
    5 months ago

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