Companies are planning to step up investment in management execution systems (MES) as production environments get ready for Industry 4.0. According to a study by technology consultants BearingPoint, 88 pc of companies polled say MES is becoming increasingly important and two-thirds plan investments in the next three years. These companies saidÂ the resulting transparency in production Read More..
Companies often have many – some more than 100 – enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, but most would like to settle for just one, according to a study of German mid-sized and bigger corporations. The poll, conducted by consultants Detecon among German companies, found that more than 20 pc of them have more than 50 Read More..
Despite their dominant market share in ERP systems, the top three software providers are facing new competion that may erode their strong positions. According to a benchmarking study by ERP specialists Panorama Consulting, the three companies together have a 47 pc share of the global market. “But the market is shifting,” Panorama warned in the Read More..
Purchasing departments at German companies more often than not manage without IT systems that are tailored to their requirements. According to a survey conducted last year by Germany’s RAAD Research, fewer than 20 pc of 230 German companies interviewed use software that specifically supports the purchasing function. Instead, many use a mixture of Excel spreadsheets Read More..
Rafael Engelhardt has reduced IT expenditures at US-based automotive supplier TRW by imposing a range of restrictions on, among other things, employees’ use of smartphones.Â He also took action to curb expenses in other areas. That has helped bring down TRW’s IT costs to one of the most competitive levels in the supplier industry. In Read More..
Jamal Farhat, CIO of BorgWarner, is working on more than 1,000 projects this year, as the U.S. based automotive supplier expands its global business operations. He needs to make sure the groupâ€™s engineers have the IT tools they need, that the companyâ€™s 17,500 worldwide employees can communicate and share information easily and that BorgWarnerâ€™s information Read More..
Panasonic Automotive Systems is streamlining invoice processing at its four German locations, the division of Japanese electronics group Panasonic said. The new software comes from Berlin based enterprise content management specialist Optimal Systems. In Germany, Panasonic Automotive makes car entertainment systems as well as electronic components for European and Japanese automakers. The new software will Read More..
German companies don’t have solid strategies to connect mobile users to their business operations, according to a study by market researchers Berlecon. The study found that almost half of the German IT managers interviewed where unable to say how much they spend on mobile technologies. When they did know, only limited resources were available for Read More..
Racecar maker Ferrari will migrate its information systems to Inforâ€™s ERP LN enterprise resource management (ERP) software. The US-based company said the migration from a Baan IV system is expected to be completed this summer. Baan is also part of Infor, a US-based provider of business application software. Ferrari adopted ERP Baan IV software for Read More..
Microsoft has released the Cloud version of its Microsoft Dynamics CRM software outside North America. The software maker said Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will be available to customers in 40 markets in 41 languages. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement the software â€œis fully embracing the Cloud.â€ He added that it would provide Read More..