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Does Digital Transformation Manufacturing Need Cloud?

In greater numbers, manufacturers are choosing the Cloud to deliver mission-critical ERP functionality and related applications to end users. It's true that many of the early adopters of Cloud ERP were motivated by cost reduction. Internal IT staff could spend more time on high-value tasks by delegating routine maintenance tasks to the Cloud's data center. Software and hardware patches, bug fixes and upgrades, for example, can be monitored, scheduled and approved by the manufacturer's IT ...
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The History of IoT (infographic)

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been around for some time now.  Simply described, IoT is a system of interrelated devices with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human interaction.  Because of recent advances in architecture, hardware ...
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Planning for the Future

Guest Blog from Acuity... Even as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers need to think about technology and the future of their businesses. Here are five technologies every manufacturing leader should be considering.   Mixed reality (MR) ...
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Moving your Warehouse from Cost Center to Competitive Differentiator

Guest Blog from Infor... Many organizations tend to view warehouse operations as cost center due to the labor, equipment, and physical inventory. However, with business models rapidly changing through e-commerce, omni-channel, curbside pickup, 3D printing, and more, warehouse operations empower ...
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Forging Ahead in the “New Norm” – Innovation & Awareness

HAPPY MANUFACTURING MONTH! Here we are in “new normal” for the manufacturing space… well in all spaces really.  Each day, more and more companies are adapting, finding ways to get back up to speed.  In navigating forward there seems to ...
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Building a Better Supply Chain for Your Business

Guest Blog from Acuity... I have been involved in the manufacturing industry since 1979 and have worked in a wide range of industries for multinational, small, and mid-size companies. Though there was rarely a dull moment, I think 2019 and ...
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Infor XA, Why Upgrade?

Infor announced the end of life for its 9.1 Release of XA on June 30, 2020.  What this means is that Infor Support will still try to help Customers if they have a problem, but no new fixes for that ...
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2020 Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin Contest

Nominations are being accepted starting August 17!   This marks the 5th year of this annual contest, celebrating the novel and needed products manufactured by people in our hometowns. Wisconsin companies make an impressive and incredibly diverse list of products.  ...
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Restoring Your Missing PUI Database

If you’ve tried to apply an update to Infor XA’s PUI (Product Update Information) Tool lately, you might have been surprised to see your entire PUI Database disappear!  Luckily, this is easy to fix.   PUI is a tool provided ...
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6 Simple Steps to Experiencing “Next Gen” XA – Part 2

By Sherry Widrick & Stephanie Wickstrom. Welcome back!  In Part 1 of this 2-part blog, we uncovered the first (3) simple steps in getting started with the new, next-gen XA User Experience (UX).  These preliminary steps highlighted the progression towards ...
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6 Simple Steps to Experiencing “Next Gen” XA – Part 1

By Sherry Widrick & Stephanie Wickstrom. The Infor XA Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite has a LONG history – over 40 years in the marketplace.  Evolving FROM “green screen” AS/400 interfaces TO “web-based, graphical interfaces” that also incorporate tools for ...
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IoT – The Inevitable Revolution for Manufacturing

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been around for some time now.  Simply described, IoT is a system of interrelated devices with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human interaction.  Because of recent advances in architecture, ...
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Minimizing Human Error in Manufacturing: 5 Key Technology Safeguards

To Err is Human, to Preempt Using Technology is Bliss. For over twenty years now, the Hubble Space Telescope has been providing NASA with spectacular images of space.  Back when it was created and installed, only blurry and distorted images ...
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