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‘Digital’ in manufacturing is no longer an option - its the usual

‘Digital’ in manufacturing is no longer an option - its the usual
The Columbus Manufacturing 2020 report highlighted rising adoption levels of advanced technologies such as IoT and analytics among manufacturers, as physical and digital operations begin to overlap. Some in the industry still struggle to develop an effective digital strategy – but it is clear they must make the jump to stay competitive. Stephen Fox, Business Development Manager at Columbus UK explains why digital is no longer a choice in manufacturing, drawing on the experiences and insights from digital leaders at top UK manufacturing organisations.
5th November 2019

Rising to the challenges in the food industry

Rising to the challenges in the food industry
Managing stock, shelf life, food safety and product quality are just some of the hurdles that food companies must overcome. That’s why an industry-specific enterprise system is key to the success of any business operating within the food industry. It ensures processes and controls are in place to guarantee produce is up to standard, but it can do even more. Simon Noakes, SMB Director,Columbus UK, explores the challenges that the food industry faces today, and how a food company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can improve compliance and enhance business processes.
24th September 2019

What you need to know when it comes to fully integrated field service

What you need to know when it comes to fully integrated field service
Gartner research suggests that by 2020 70% of organisations will cite customer satisfaction derived from integrating field service as a primary business benefit. But how, and even more importantly, where can field service be integrated into a company’s operations in order to reap these customer rewards?
30th July 2019


How any size business can turn the IoT into operational success

How any size business can turn the IoT into operational success
It has been indicated through research that IoT deployments are set to skyrocket over the next four years, growing 140% to exceed 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Therefore as the cost and complexity of deploying connected devices continues to fall, IoT projects are no longer a far-fetched dream but a deliverable reality, already transforming a huge range of industries from Field Service to Manufacturing.
19th September 2018

To meet Industry 4.0 goals maintenance has to transform itself

To meet Industry 4.0 goals maintenance has to transform itself
There is a huge push towards Industry 4.0 with manufacturers all looking to embrace emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and advanced data analytics as part of their digital transformation. In the recently published ‘Manufacturing 2020’ report, companies cited production flexibility, reduced costs and increased output as the long-term benefits of improved factory connectivity. The evolution of asset maintenance is going to play a big role in achieving these goals.
3rd September 2018

Initiative to promote STEM education among Notts schoolchildren

Initiative to promote STEM education among Notts schoolchildren
Nottingham-based business services provider Columbus UK has announced the winners of its latest competition, hosted in June, to inspire students to take up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects. Primary school children from schools in Nottinghamshire were invited to design t-shirts that described what they think about STEM subjects, what inspires them every day, and what they think a future STEM career would look like.
1st August 2018

Disrupt or die? Let's start with the fundamentals

Disrupt or die? Let's start with the fundamentals
Your digital strategy must be driven by a clear understanding of the customer’s needs and the way your products relate to them. Digital transformation doesn’t require a radical rethink of a business model that previously brought success – it simply means leveraging better, more efficient technologies to meet and exceed customer expectations and allow data to shape strategic priorities. Thomas Honoré, CEO of Columbus explains how vital peer insight from early adopters can help manufacturers embrace disruption and stay ahead of the competition.
17th July 2018

Developing a future-proof Manufacturing 2020 strategy

Developing a future-proof Manufacturing 2020 strategy
The pace of digital transformation in the manufacturing industry is relentless. But asKevin Bull, Product Strategy Directorat leading digital business services provider Columbus UK explains, digital transformation is not just about deploying emerging technologies – it’s about using the data collected to create new business opportunities, better understand and meet customer expectations, and put in place a future-proof digital strategy.
4th May 2018


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