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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.  Or as comprehensive as fully outsourced systems, managed services and high availability.  The variations can…

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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 backups, system upgrades, etc.  Specifically for Infor XA, the daily backup requires that the XA…

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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 IBM servers running the IBM i operating system.   The Differences between HA and DR…

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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 systems on the factory floor. Giving manufacturers real-time workflow visibility, flexibility, and insight into how…

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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 project.  The time and effort you commit doing research probably has a lot to do…

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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 be sold. This would be a classic example of low-mix, high-volume line (LMHV); where you…

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  At a high-level, what is cybersecurity, and why should manufacturers care? Are there benefits to utilizing an active versus passive protection system for manufacturers?  Cybersecurity is about protecting your industrial computer systems from unauthorized access, preventing theft, damage, or manipulation of those systems.   Unfortunately, industrial control networks were designed decades ago, before cyber…

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Is your IBM hardware still supported?   IBM systems have proven their reliability over the years and with that some customers have become somewhat complacent about maintenance.  If you have an “older” system that is not covered under maintenance and you needed a replacement part what impact might that have on your business?  How much time…

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We all have a number of online accounts for which a password is required; the bank, credit cards, your physician’s portal, social media, shopping sites, etc.  At ISE we trust that you are diligent at constructing a password that you can remember, but also that others would not easily be able to guess.  That can…

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