How to implement takt-based production

by Michael Hering on 09/16/2019

Takt-based planning allows your staff to variably schedule, calculate and generate processing times, work plans and requirement quantities. And takt-based production provides optimal support. Finally, with the visual work method and easy-to-use graphical planning interface, you won’t have to worry about employee acceptance. The interaction of planning and execution is maximally optimized using centralized rough planning, decentralized detailed planning and centralized synchronization of deadlines.

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Industry 4.0 & IoT

How to structure projects like an expert

by Alexander Lang on 09/11/2019

Lately, we’re seeing some increasingly complex and dynamic projects come up. At the same time, the number of project participants is also climbing steadily. All this requires well-structured project planning right from the outset, and that takes professional software tools to control.

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Industry 4.0 & IoT

4 steps to project success

by Alexander Lang on 09/06/2019

Does this sound familiar? You’ve just finished updating and printing a huge project plan, and before you can even blink, it’s already out of date. It would never have happened if you’d used the project planning tool that comes with our industry solutions for discrete & project-based manufacture. This software helps you implement your planning efficiently and precisely.

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Industry 4.0 & IoT

It doesn’t always have to be 100 %. How to use agile tools in conventional projects.

by Peter Burghardt on 09/05/2019

You hear it all the time: “You can’t make a project 100 % agile! There are always some parts that aren’t agile. It’s best to do hybrid projects.” But what constitutes a hybrid project? Is there even such a thing as hybrid projects?

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Data & Analytics,
CRM,
Collaboration,
ERP

ERP modernization - now!

by Michael Hering on 08/29/2019

Why is ERP system modernization so important for discrete manufacture in particular? One answer comes from a recently released long-term study by Trovarit, demonstrating that over half of all ERP systems are at least ten years old. At the same time, nearly two thirds of all those surveyed admitted that their business solution was no longer keeping up with current demands.

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ERP

No one tells me what to do – how self-organized teams work

by Peter Burghardt on 08/29/2019

Self-organized teams – the dream of every project manager (and every manager). In agile practices, they’re essential. In conventional projects, not so much. Now, I'm going to tell you how to get a self-organized team and why it usually doesn’t work that well in conventional projects (for now).

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Blog,
Data & Analytics,
CRM,
ERP,
Digitization

Which project practices are right for my IT project? (incl. self-assessment)

by Peter Burghardt on 08/27/2019

If you spend any time at all in IT, you're sure to hear about it: everyone is talking about agility. They say it’s much better to use agile practices than a waterfall model. Is it true? Are agile projects fail-safe? Yes and no.

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Blog,
Success Stories,
CRM,
Collaboration,
ERP

The top 10 misconceptions about the agile working approach

by Peter Burghardt on 08/14/2019

Agile this, agile that... Everything is turning agile. Everyone is talking about it, but many people don’t really know what it means. Recently, I have come across the term agilitis. I think it pretty accurately describes how agility is perceived. But will everything be better if we use the agile method? Does every business need to be agile in order to even function properly? And what on Earth does it even mean to take an agile approach? It’s time to clear up a few misconceptions!

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Blog,
Data & Analytics,
CRM,
Collaboration,
ERP

Everything comes to an end... except projects?

by Peter Burghardt on 08/13/2019

Everyone is beaming with pride! We did it – the software is up and running. The project team and the customer have made it through the go-live. Everything is gradually going back to normal. It’s time to relax. Or at least it would be, if we didn't still have 1000 things to do.

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Blog,
Data & Analytics,
CRM,
Collaboration,
ERP

Project goals: How can you know the way when you don’t know the destination?

by Peter Burghardt on 07/26/2019

Everyone likes to talk about the importance of defining project goals. Yet most projects don’t have any goals. Or worse, they have goals, but they're not measurable. You might be thinking: “My projects always have goals!” Do they? Or are these goals more like wishes?

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Blog,
Data & Analytics,
CRM,
Collaboration,
ERP