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But, We Only Scan Barcodes

Posted by Matt Scheer on Sep 28, 2016 5:09:50 PM

“We don’t need a mobile strategy. We only scan barcodes.”

I’ve heard this sentiment expressed on more than one site visit. But in the digital economy, it’s getting more and more difficult to believe. Everywhere you turn, you see technology deployed to enhance business practices. Mobile technology has become as much of a business tool as the ballpoint pen. In many cases, mobile is replacing that reliable tool!

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Topics: automated data collection, mobile platform, mobile strategy

DSI Team Harnesses Mixed Reality to Win Techweek Kansas City Hackathon

Posted by Patrice Farrell on Sep 22, 2016 3:42:52 PM

The second annual Techweek Kansas City wrapped this weekend with a 24-hour hackathon. The weeklong event around innovation and entrepreneurship in tech culminated in the contest held in the Think Big offices. Over the course of one (very) long Saturday, seven teams put their heads together to solve a modern medical problem using Cerner’s FHIR API. Like last year, DSI developers—used to solving pressing challenges with innovative technology—made a big showing.

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Topics: augmented reality, Events, hackathon, techweek, techweek kansas city

Shadow IT Got You Down?

Posted by Andy Brisley on Sep 14, 2016 3:22:16 PM

I am sure we all have heard of information technology or IT solutions, which are typically systems designed to run at an enterprise level. These would include ERP, CRM and in some cases, maintenance or even PLM solutions. You may also have heard of operational technology or OT solutions, which are typically systems dedicated to operational functions such as PLC, SCADA, Data Historians, MES and other solutions deployed to a much smaller audience with a very specific function in mind.

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Topics: digital supply chain platform, digital thread, dsi digital supply chain platform, shadow it

Innovators, Entrepreneurs Converge on Techweek Kansas City

Posted by Patrice Farrell on Aug 30, 2016 11:49:53 AM

Techweek Kansas City 2016 is fast approaching. In less than two weeks, innovators, entrepreneurs and techies will come together to explore tech trends in Kansas City and beyond. Techweek is a festival that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship now taking place in eight major cities. Kansas City joined the roster last year and drew more than 4,000 attendees for a week of thought-provoking sessions and stimulating networking opportunities. If the schedule is any indication, this year’s event, running September 12–17, will be just as inspiring.

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Topics: Events, techweek kansas city, TechweekKC

Do You Know Where Your Digital Bottlenecks Are?

Posted by Andy Brisley on Aug 24, 2016 12:34:25 PM

The promise of digital business is increased top and bottom line performance. The digital nodes that are coming online and being made available are vast, and many of them speak different languages. The ability to unite and share information among nodes is the digital thread, a key component in the transformation to a digital supply chain.

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Topics: digital supply chain platform, digital transformation, Uncategorized, value chain

INFOCUS Recap: Ready to Embrace Digital Business? Start Now.

Posted by Patrice Farrell on Aug 18, 2016 3:29:07 PM

Digital business was a central theme of this year’s INFOCUS, with a special focus on its key “enabling technologies.” What are those technologies? You’ve heard of them before: mobility, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT). Throughout the conference and in the Oracle and DSI keynotes, speakers made clear that there is no single technology trend that can drive digital business. Rather, it’s the way that businesses use a combination of these technologies that can make a real difference to the top and bottom line.

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Topics: digital supply chain platform, Events, infocus 2016, jd edwards infocus

Bis Industries Reduces Time to Prepare Scope of Work by 60% With DSI

Posted by Patrice Farrell on Aug 11, 2016 7:42:49 AM

Bis Industries, a leading Australian provider of services to the minerals and resources industries, supplies mining equipment to the coal industry on Australia’s East Coast. Helping the company’s customers get serious work done in challenging environments requires a thorough asset inspection process. To get assets back on hire faster and improve customer satisfaction, Bis Industries Underground division needed to eliminate manual inspection processes.

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Topics: digital supply chain, Platform & Technology

Version Lock: Not Just an IT Problem

Posted by Andy Brisley on Jul 28, 2016 10:43:00 AM

Version lock—a situation in which companies can’t change components of their IT portfolio because of integrations and interdependencies—isn’t just an IT problem. Version lock has a huge impact on the business because it can prevent departments and companies from pursuing strategic changes in business processes. Some examples include:

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Topics: bimodal, digital supply chain platform, dsi digital supply chain platform

Utah Transit Authority Boosts Productivity With Mobile Maintenance App

Posted by Patrice Farrell on Jul 21, 2016 11:41:20 AM

Transit Agency Streamlines Operations With Digital Supply Chain Platform

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) provides a public mass transportation system that includes a fleet of over a thousand vehicles from buses to locomotives covering a 1,600 square mile service area. On top of managing a diverse fleet, UTA must meet distinct requirements from vehicle maintenance and facilities upkeep to tracking parts and time.

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Topics: digital supply chain platform, field service, Success Stories, success story

Top and Bottom Line Improvement: It's Our Job

Posted by Andy Brisley on Jul 13, 2016 5:21:36 PM

You’ve likely seen articles that discuss how disruptive technology solutions will impact business and how digital business tools will enable you to define new markets and processes. An unintended consequence of these articles has been creating concern and fear in business leaders who may not be ready to adopt any of these technologies or who misunderstand how they may impact their companies. Some of the technologies and terms include:

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Topics: analog to digital, bimodal, digital supply chain, IoT

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