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Newspost: Investments in new technology require IT architecture

Investments in new technology require IT architecture

Vendors of standard software all developed an architecture for the IT application landscape, but there is no mutual adjustment between vendors over such architecture. Nearly every company has a patchwork of applications and integrations, and usually no desire to be dependent on a single vendor only. For this reason, every company should take responsibility for their IT architecture , albeit a difficult job. In this blog, Hans Wortmann tells more about this situation and why the appropriate tools should be selected.

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Newspost: Managing change: from program to platform

Managing change: from program to platform

We usually bring change management into spotlight when talking about a new strategic vision, redesign of logistical processes or an IT renewal project. However, in the modern settings we could benefit from moving our focus from a change program to a change capability. Development of a platform supporting change is one of the options how a company can empower itself and get a grip on both incremental changes or large-scale transformations. Read this blog to discover more about what change capability means and what you can achieve with a using platform.

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Newspost: ERP on the company's IT agenda - replace or renew?

ERP on the company's IT agenda - replace or renew?

ERP is often not IT-topic #1 for a manufacturing business nowadays. But if you want to stay competitive in the era of Industry 4.0, you need to have adequate processes supported by a high-performing ERP system. In this blog, we describe the different sources for the increase of activities in companies regarding the next step with ERP. We also propose two strategies for this next step: replacement or renewal.

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Newspost: Industry 5.0 – a step back from the

Industry 5.0 – a step back from the "lights-out" factory or the return of the man

Industry 4.0 brought cyber-physical systems, it defined technologies that create a smart factory, but it slightly overlooked how to do it smartly, fueling the discussions about man capacity. Industry 5.0 takes its predecessor’s ideas and transforms them into a more human-centric system. This blog introduces the concepts of Industry 5.0 and presents some ideas of how this could work in practice.

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Newspost: What is the impact of Industry 4.0 on the quality of workers’ jobs?

What is the impact of Industry 4.0 on the quality of workers’ jobs?

Quality of workers’ jobs on the factory shop floor is not determined autonomously by technology nor by manufacturing engineers but by the factory’s senior management.

Hans Wortmann, chair professor in Information Management at Groningen University is one of the creators of innovative approaches for manufacturing industry offered by Mobina IT. He writes in the bi-weekly blog on the effect of Industry 4.0 on quality of worker’s jobs. Surely a challenging view on this issue!

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Newspost: Alternative approaches to stay fit for economic developments while saving

Alternative approaches to stay fit for economic developments while saving

In response to the potential turndown of the economy, manufacturing companies should be able to quickly adapt while saving cash. Multiple tools are available to the management of manufacturing SMEs to realize both goals. A modern approach is the usage of software to put the organization in control and mobilize its people. Read more about it in this blog!

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Newspost: Establishing a flexible innovation agenda for a changing economic environment

Establishing a flexible innovation agenda for a changing economic environment

Most products and services delivered by discrete manufacturers are investment goods for their customers. These investments may come under pressure due to the recent developments on the stock markets. However, currently most manufacturing companies are thriving and there are a lot of investment initiatives to create more capacity and expand the product portfolio. Is it wise to keep the current agenda or should the investments be redirected? We will discuss it in this blog.

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Newspost: We moved!

We moved!

We moved! Because of the growth of our organization we decided to look for a new office in Enschede. And we found one in the “Spinnerij Oosterveld”. Check out this blog or our homepage to find our new address.

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Newspost: Jochem's thesis part 3: The pre-project phase

Jochem's thesis part 3: The pre-project phase

Jochem Verburg wrote a series of three blogs based on his Master graduation project, about topics important for small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies. This third and final blog post describes the void between idea generation and the actual project: the pre-project phase. This phase is important to ensure success in the subsequent projects and to keep continuous motivation for idea generation.

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Newspost: Jochem's thesis part 2: The usefulness of a strategy process

Jochem's thesis part 2: The usefulness of a strategy process

Jochem Verburg wrote a series of three blogs based on his Master graduation project. This second blog post describes the usefulness of a strategy process. It will discuss the different degrees of formalization in strategy and the usefulness of a vision in idea generation. Next Monday, the third and final part will be published.

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