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Integrating My Business: Systems Thinking

In our last blog we discussed why it is still so hard to integrate your business with so many business software options available. Our conclusion was if you approach buying business software and integrating business processes from a systems point of view, you were more likely to integrate successfully. Let’s further elaborate on this idea. Thinking about your business as …

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Why is it Still so Hard to Integrate Your Business?

Why is it still hard to automate business processes after so many years of ERP, MIS, CRM, and MES systems? Why is it still so difficult to integrate business systems when there are so many integration standards around — ISA-95, JDF, SOAP, OPC? Businesses are processes. They engage with Customers, take in orders, plan how to fulfill those orders, execute …

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Case Study: Real-time Big Data Improves Cosmetics Manufacturing

Our focus is a worldwide cosmetics and beauty care company. Throughout their manufacturing facilities they seek to improve efficiency and continuously improve throughput. They have applied industry best practice improvement processes and technologies in many of their plants. Like many companies, they found these produced at best mixed results. At their factory in Ireland they decided to try something new: …

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Giving Your Staff Information is Good!

When I speak with a client who is considering putting in an Operations Management system to collect data from their business and present it as information, it’s not unusual to hear concern: “We would love to do it, but we’re worried the people will resist the change.” Or “we’d love to do it, but we’re worried that people will see …

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Data Wrangling: Trivia to Information

What’s the difference between data and information? I tend to think of data as facts which are true but trivial; while information is a fact on which I can base a decision. The problem is that this distinction is often in the eye of the beholder. There are some facts we can all agree are just data — I learn …

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I need to know now!

One of the things I hear too often, when I talk with clients about disappointing efforts to implement Operations Management, Operational Intelligence or Business Intelligence systems, is how the importance of immediate access to information was missed when the system was designed. The user is expected to click down through several screens, enter several obscure parameters and then WAIT sometimes …

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Collecting Machine Data

There are three things you will need to know about a production machine: What is it doing? Why? How much has it produced? Any production machine should be able to give you this information at anytime, but let’s break this down a little more.   What is it doing? This means what “state” is the machine in. Typically there are four basic states …

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Understanding Barriers to Integration

Currently I am working on an integration project that on the surface may seem simple, but actually is much more complicated. The integration is between software systems provided by two large vendors, both of who support the same industry standards. Job done, you say! I’m afraid not.

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Why do we Struggle With Big Data ?

Do you struggle with big data ? There could be multiple reasons like, the data is not all in one place, you can’t get to it all at once, Implementation is expensive or you just don’t see the validity of the information. Let Fraysen help!

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Setting Software Requirements

Recently, a company came to me for advice after having spent several hundred thousand dollars on a made to order software system. A system which was several hundred thousand dollars more than they had originally been quoted and had taken two years of frustrating trial and error to complete. Sound familiar? What went wrong in this situation and how can you avoid …