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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 automating & monitoring business processes. Infor XA customers who have endured the older interfaces with rock-solid, advanced ERP functionality, are now taking delight in the Next Generation of Infor XA.  And, the best kept ...
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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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High Availability & Disaster Recovery – Part III

Jump back to the start of this 3 parts series here. More and more options are available to move Production or Fail-over systems to the cloud.  This may be as simple as a customer-owned system moved to a co-location site.  ...
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Communication is Key…During COVID-19, and Maybe more so After.

Neighborhood wide, Nationwide, and Enterprise wide. In hard times, it’s easy to dwell on what you can’t do.  But resilient people and pioneering companies often see this as the time to reevaluate.  When struggling, often the best place to start ...
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High Availability & Disaster Recovery – Part II

Get up to speed on HA/DR in Part 1 of this series. An additional key aspect to consider in your Infor & IBM environment is planned downtime events, and the ability of your business to tolerate downtime events for regular ...
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High Availability & Disaster Recovery – Infor XA and IBM i

Many companies are faced with challenging decisions regarding the need for continuous accessibility to their business systems.  This document will discuss the concepts and approaches related to High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) specifically aligned to Infor XA on ...
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MES Features and Its Benefits to You

In part 1 of this blog we helped to clarify what an MES is and the role it plays in your well functioning manufacturing corporation. In review, an MES is the functional layer between the ERP and the process control ...
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What is MES? Manufacturing Execution System Defined.

Today, many consumers do their “due diligence” in making purchases, whether it’s using consumer reports, scouring the internet, or polling friends and family.  Making an informed decision makes all of us feel more comfortable moving forward with a purchase or ...
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Job Shops & MES – Production Benefits on Many Levels

When most people think of manufacturing, they think of an assembly line—classic Henry Ford motor car production lines for example. The benefit of that system was the repetition brought about increasing consistency and a high number of finished items to ...
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The Digital Transformation Journey

A quick Google search on “digital transformation” this morning netted over 17,000,000 hits!  Wow! There are quite a number of places to gain information regarding this subject.  But where should one start when considering its implementation in manufacturing?  More specifically, ...
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Industry 4.0 [R]Evolution

Think for a moment how you utilized your phone 10 years ago, or even 5 years back.  Mobile phones have surpassed being an accessory and for many are now staples in daily function. Many start their day depending on them ...
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Manufacturing Vision 2020

Do you remember the hesitation and concern that occurred leading up to New Year’s Day 2000?  Many were second-guessing anything that relied on a computer or a program, as well as how society would fair in the “pending” aftermath of ...
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