Whether you know it as Industry 4.0, the 4th Industrial Revolution, or Smart Industry, Manufacturing is going through a deep transformation, with changes that are centered around digitalization. While most industries are already on this digitalization path, the disruption is more visible and pronounced in manufacturing because it is expanding virtual data and processes into environments that have been fundamentally about physical products. This transformation has already started, and its impact is expected to be massive. Technical, economic, and social changes are expected across the whole manufacturing ecosystem, with jobs shifting from offshoring back to nearshoring. Strong technology elements driving this digital revolution include 3D printing, robotizing and automation, smart factory with IoT and machine learning, and supply chain digitization. Their impact is profound.
For decades, corporate social responsibility (CSR) plans have been used by companies in varying degrees to participate in select charities and causes; however, in recent years, CSR strategies have evolved as an important way for businesses to connect with their communities, demonstrate commitment to core values and deliver on brand promises.
The plan is to move what you currently have onto a platform that gives you new capabilities to better support your transformation goals. Aberdeen Group has found that those who stay up to date with their ERP are, for example, almost three times as likely to have mobile ERP functionality, twice as likely to have integrated ERP and eCommerce, and five times more likely to have social business capabilities.1
Is it time for you to take the next step on your journey by moving to the Epicor ERP system? Consider these questions:
XX How much time and money could your business save by eliminating inefficient processes, increasing worker productivity, and improving customer service?
XX What goals can you achieve when your core software is integrated with Industry 4 .0 technologies to support the factory of the future?
XX What would your business look like if you had real-time information to make informed business decisions that drive growth and profitability?
If you're a brand marketer or digital agency looking to amplify your social marketing initiatives this year, this document will guide you through the growing world of Facebook apps. Today, there are more than 500,000 active applications on Facebook, but of these only 250 applications have more than one million monthly active users. You've downloaded this guide because you recognize that marketing today means creating a two-way dialogue with your customers.
The quick-service restaurant industry continues to be a favorite among consumers who look to the sector for a wide variety of food served quickly and at a low price. The speed and efficiency of QSRs, which include the emergent “fast casual” restaurants, match today’s on-the-go lifestyle of consumers across all ages who often are too busy to cook at home.
That said, consumers expect their dining experience at a QSR to be comfortable with conveniences ranging from WiFi connectivity to ordering kiosks and dining area entertainment on large screens or even tableside tablets. They expect the information on menu boards to be accurate and up-to-date and their meal orders to be fulfilled quickly and accurately. Technology is a major enabler in meeting consumers’ expectations while simultaneously helping QSR locations increase operational efficiencies and quality of service.
Hospitality is a customer-focused industry, with a hotel brand’s reputation and ultimate success dependent on the quality of the experience of its guests. It is no surprise then, that digital transformation efforts within the hospitality sector are focused on technologies that improve the guest experience, from check-in to check-out and everything in between.
Today’s travelers are digitally savvy, using their smartphones and mobile devices for a multitude of tasks. They expect a high-quality connection throughout the property and the ability to perform certain tasks from the hotel’s app, such as checking in and choosing their own room. They expect in-room entertainment beyond basic cable and in-room digital devices they can use to order food, book a massage or control the lighting, for example.
Retail has been transformed by technology in multiple ways, from the way customers interact with retailers to how products are offered and acquired. Indeed, the entire shopping experience has been redefined and expanded to enable customers to purchase products anytime, anywhere, with any device, from any number of retailers.
Consumers’ changing shopping behaviors and their reliance on technology enables retailers to reach a wider swath of potential buyers, moving well beyond the borders of their physical store locations to new geographies and populations. That said, retailers must understand how to use technology effectively to draw in customers and entice them to purchase, as well as help them improve their operations and enable new, innovative ways to keep customers coming back.
Published By: StrongMail
Published Date: Jul 31, 2009
The rise of social media is intrinsically connected to email, which was itself the first social network. Email marketers must leverage this complementary channel to expand their reach beyond the email list, realizing the power of viral marketing in the social web.
Published By: OneUpWeb
Published Date: Nov 23, 2010
Does social media marketing really work? How do you separate fact from fiction as you navigate your way through the buzz about "going viral"? Amidst the chatter about Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare, Digg, Delicious, and Linked In-what will really get your business ahead? Tune in to find out as Oneupweb CEO Lisa Wehr and Social Media Director, Maureen Michaels team up to unveil the truth.
Published By: Cantaloupe
Published Date: Mar 30, 2010
Social media is all around us and has fundamentally changed the way many of us communicate--both personally and professionally. Video can make your social media better, and ultimately get more leads to your website. But how best to post, measure, and use to drive traffic to your website?
Published By: Cantaloupe
Published Date: Mar 30, 2010
The hype about video search has just begun which means lots of questions, lots of new experts, and not enough time to sort through it all.
This new whitepaper "An Effective Video SEO Strategy in Three Phases" will give you the blueprint for getting started and beyond.
Learn all about: the 2 things you should be doing right now to improve your video search engine optimization; widespread myths about what works and what doesn't; Advanced tips for even greater results and more!
Only a decade or so ago, those human resources professionals who hadn't yet found their way onto the Internet were finding themselves increasingly left out in the cold.As we slip swiftly into the second decade of the 21st century, it's those who haven't yet begun to participate in 'social media and networking' that are starting to feel the chill.
Only a decade or so ago, those human resources professionals who hadn't yet found their way onto the Internet were finding themselves increasingly left out in the cold. As we slip swiftly into the second decade of the 21st century, it's those whohaven't yet begun to participate in 'social media and networking' that are starting to feel the chill.
Just like your business, technology never stops advancing. Each year, there are new ways that technology can automate processes, lower costs, and enhance customer and employee satisfaction - all with the goal of increasing revenue! And while it can be difficult to change how your business works, leaving old methods behind and embracing new technology can help lead your business to more success and growth.
The technology landscape in the financial services sector is vast, ranging from cutting-edge to mission-critical, each having an impact on the industry as a whole. Customer-facing services and back-end operations alike are seeing real benefits from innovation, including greater efficiencies and higher levels of customer satisfaction.
The rate at which technology is evolving is increasing almost exponentially. In the business sector, hardware has given way to software-defined everything, while many on-premises technologies are now offered as a service. Much of the advances in technology over the last few years have been the direct result of the growing ubiquity of the cloud and faster connectivity speeds, both of which have enabled companies to adopt digital transformation technologies to help them work smarter and more efficiently.
There’s strong evidence organizations are challenged by the opportunities presented by external information sources such as social media, government trend data, and sensor data from the Internet of Things (IoT). No longer content to use internal databases alone, they see big data resources augmented with external information resources as what they need in order to bring about meaningful change. According to a September 2015 global survey of 251 respondents conducted by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, 78 percent of organizations agree or strongly agree that within two years the use of externally generated big data will be “transformational.” But there’s work to be done, since only 21 percent of respondents strongly agree that external data has already had a transformational effect on their firms.
Learn how ERP software addresses the real-world challenges companies face as they look to grow in today’s global economy.
Take the virtual tour and see how your business can:
• Reach new markets, expand product lines and grow your business with deep Industry and country specific functionality
• Drive improved customer experience and accelerate the digital transformation of your business
• Expand collaboration within your company and throughout your supply chain with social and commerce solutions
• Respond quickly to changing demands with configurable real-time mobile capabilities
Please view the virtual tour below for more information about Epicor ERP version 10. The tour will acquaint you with Epicor ERP and offer insight on how Epicor inspires growth for leading business around the globe.
Knowledge workers today have a rich portfolio of team collaboration tools to help them get their jobs done, starting with email and encompassing texting, file sharing, online chat and message boards, social media and video conferencing. Yet collaboration across these tools can be a frustrating experience, due to the complexity of the technology and lack of integration. The good news: the application of emerging technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) enables more people to connect when and how they need to. And that makes for more productive teams.
Marketing as you know it will never be the same. There’s a fundamental shift in relationships between brands and customers—fueled by smartphones, social media, and today’s
always-on, always-connected mentality. Marketers have access
to more customer data (big data) than ever before. But the quantity of data only matters if you’re smart about using it—to power 1:1 customer journeys.
SAP Jam is a cloud-based social software platform that transforms the way people work by bringing together people, data, and decision-making capabilities when and where workers need them. In this Forrester Total Economic Impact (TEI) study commissioned by SAP, learn about the potential return on investment you can realize by deploying SAP Jam.
To better understand how companies are finding the unique, hybrid cloud architectures that best meet their needs, we interviewed executives at companies that had reduced or changed their use of managed or cloud IaaS or that chose to avoid the public cloud in the first place.
These companies include retail, social media, healthcare, financial services, and public sector companies. Some of these companies were born in the cloud while others transitioned from traditional IT infrastructures. Company sizes ranged from 300 employees to more than 300,000.
Businesses who have lived through the evolution of the digital age are well aware that we’ve
experienced a generational shift in technology. The rise of software as a service (SaaS),
cloud, mobile, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), social media, and other technologies
have disrupted industries and changed customers’ expectations. In our always-on, buy
anything anywhere world, customers want their shopping experiences to be personalized,
dynamic, and convenient.
As a result, many businesses are trying to reinvent themselves. Success in a fast-paced
economy depends on continually adapting and innovating. Companies have to move quickly
to keep up; there’s no time for disjointed technologies and old systems that don’t serve the
customer-obsessed mentality needed to thrive in the digital age.