Edgewater Fullscope Blog

How Chemical Manufacturers Can Make the Switch from Product Seller to Solution Provider

Jan 16, 2018 8:22 AM

“Chemical companies have long struggled to make the shift from ‘product sellers’ to ‘solution providers’ in the customer-facing aspect of their business. Digitisation can make a big difference in this regard.”*

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How Manufacturers Can Make Use of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), Data and Security to Make Informed Decisions

Jan 10, 2018 8:23 PM

The IIoT is the manufacturers’ version of the Internet of Things, (think smart watches or smart fridges), where sensors embedded in technology collect data and analyse it. In the IIoT, these sensors can collect data from machinery on the production line to help with maintenance, prevent stoppages and increase efficiency. Data collected from the sensors, combined with data from CRM, ERP and other digitised services, can be analysed and will help to make the factory not only more efficient, but more effective too.

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Playing a “Joined Up” Team Game in the Industrial IoT - Don't Sit on the Bench!

Dec 11, 2017 7:00 PM

“Industrial Internet of Things” – Deal or No Deal?  Alongside “Industry 4.0”, it’s a question that manufacturers are increasingly being forced to consider. IIoT is one of the big financial boxes of future survival that every company player now needs to be opening up. But are some manufacturers dismissing it as the latest hyped up fad to distract them from getting on with business they know and trust? While others say “it’s all very interesting” and “yeah, they may take a look at some point - definitely.”

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From Manufacturer’s Silo Struggle To CRM Perfect Performance

Dec 4, 2017 7:00 PM

The CX genie is out of the bottle. The customer’s wish is now often more than many manufacturers can command. Consumers are changing the way they engage with every type of product or services organisation, from a retail brand to the manufacturer or wholesale supplier. Recent research carried out by the Aberdeen Group and BCG, Global Managing Consulting, found that more than 4 in 10 (41per cent) of manufacturers say that “unpredictable” customer demand is their top “pressure” and nearly half (48 per cent) find it “difficult to accurately track customer, supplier and partner transactions”. Far too many businesses are still stuck within a traditional silo model with just their own separate system of collected data.

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Do Manufacturers Fear the Cost of Upskilling Employees and Empowering their Workforce?

Nov 20, 2017 7:00 PM

Managing risk or avoiding risk? Decision-makers at manufacturing industries often talk about the UK’s ongoing “digital skills crisis”. But is this very real and urgent issue simply flagged up by manufacturers as a problem deeply entrenched in British employment culture? Research suggests that one of the roots of the problem may simply lay with manufacturers worry or distrust over the cost of training up staff, and likely to be symptomatic of an underlying malaise – fear of a full scale digital transformation of their business.

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When Manufacturer Mindset Prevents Realigning With The New Digital Order

Nov 13, 2017 7:00 PM

Manufacturer senior management may be forgiven for sometimes feeling they are in the eye of the Industry 4.0 storm they see tearing at the fabric of their own IT eco-environment. As a result, the current handy business phrases of sensible fiscal caution, such as “the weakened pound” and “uncertainty over Brexit” may find themselves all too easily shoe-horned into bi-annual budget planning meetings.

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Six Steps to Manufacturing Efficiency

Apr 8, 2015 8:00 PM

April Blog Series: Spring Cleaning​

Manufacturers are always looking for ways to stay competitive in the marketplace b​y improving efficiency from the shop floor to the top floor. Analyzing current systems and finding ways to improve upon them is a crucial step to ensure maximum Return On Investment(ROI) and accurately measured Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM across a manufacturing organization can help provide increased cross-departmental knowledge and visibility into daily operations.

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