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As businesses look for a competitive advantage that can help fuel growth, they will continue to pursue operational excellence and better business execution best practices. Here, we bring you the latest insights on these topics along with real-world examples of how businesses like yours use software like ours to more quickly realize their strategic vision.

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Breakthrough or bust? What research reveals about machine learning in manufacturing.

Ken Koenemann | February 21, 2018 | 

The growing momentum for advanced technologies, such as machine learning, deep learning and IIoT in manufacturing is undeniable. At the same time, we all know that just because technologies hold promise for improving processes or productivity, it doesn’t make them a good investment for your business. And figuring out if these types of solutions make…

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Machine Learning: The Next Failed ERP?

Ken Koenemann | January 2, 2018 | 

If you pay attention to industry or technology news, then you’re seeing a lot of predictions for how new technologies, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and solutions for the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), will transform operations management and the way business is done. Of course, if you’ve been around awhile, then you’ve…

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A Formal Management System, With the Support of Technology, Leads to Sustainable Gains and Long-Term Profitable Growth

David Pate | November 28, 2017 | 

A research study from the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) revealed that over two-thirds of firms struggle to sustain operational improvements—both large and small. Download this infographic and you’ll learn: You’re not alone—lots of companies struggle to sustain. What are the four strategic sub-systems that will improve your ability to improve and make…

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How to Make Strategy Deployment Work in Your Company

David Pate | November 9, 2017 | 

Too many companies set objectives without creating viable execution plans and a daily management framework for achieving those objectives.  We suggest using the Strategy Deployment process, supported by strategy execution software, Set ambitious objectives, create a realistic plan for hitting those objectives, and then execute the plan. An effective execution process makes it possible for companies to regularly and…

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How to get on the right path to Industry 4.0 in manufacturing

Ken Koenemann | November 3, 2017 | 

Whether or not you’ve been to a tech-oriented manufacturing conference lately, you’re no doubt hearing some buzz about artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, deep learning, edge computing and the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). There’s no denying that the growing potential of these technologies is exciting. Not relentlessly going-after-your-manufacturing-challenges-like-the-terminator-without-any-human-intervention exciting (at least for now), but…

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Your 4 Operational Sub-Systems: How to Automate them to Drive OpEx Sustainment

David Pate | November 3, 2017 | 

Time and again, companies put a lot of hard work into rolling out process improvements, only to see the gains slip away over time. Even if their intentions are the best, it can be hard to sustain operational excellence improvements without process rigor—and the technology to automate improvements and make them a seamless part of…

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Why Companies Struggle to Sustain Operational Gains

David Pate | October 19, 2017 | 

Research shows that most companies need help sustaining their gains from operational excellence initiatives. A powerful combination of process rigor and technology enables unbeatable, effective execution. If you’ve recently completed an operational excellence initiative and you’re already seeing the results—standardized processes, reduced costs, improved quality, or time savings, for example—you and your team deserve to…

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Sustaining Your Operations Powerhouse (eBook)

Ken Koenemann | October 12, 2017 | 

Operational excellence fuels growth. Much more than a cost-cutting strategy, it is what enables companies to respond to their opportunities, serve their customers better and increase their competitive advantage. Operational excellence is so critical to business success that the National Center for the Middle Market, a leading source of innovative research on the middle market…

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