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CDK CyberAttack

Lessons from the CDK Outage: Is Your Business Ready for a Crisis?

The recent cyberattack at CDK Global, a leading software provider for  the automotive industry, was a jarring wake-up call for many business leaders. Analysts from Anderson Economic Group estimated dealer financial losses stemming from the outage at $944 million over the first three weeks following the attack due to business interruptions.  In today’s digital age,

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ERP, WMS, and TMS: The Trifecta of Demand Management for Strategic Growth  

In the fast-paced world of supply chain management, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), WMS (Warehouse Management Systems), and TMS (Transportation Management Systems) are the backbone of efficient operations. Understanding how these systems integrate, and their collective benefits is crucial for leveraging their full potential to improve operations, increase efficiency, enhance stakeholder satisfaction, and achieve strategic business

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Data-Driven Manufacturing is the Future

Nearly half of CEOs believe that their company won’t be viable in ten years if it continues running on its current path. A recent PwC Annual Global CEO Survey revealed that CEOs also anticipate increased pressure from various global trends like technology, prompting intensified efforts towards reinvention.  For companies to modernize and ensure long-term viability,

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Best Practices for ERP Selection: Top 5 Considerations

In the fast-paced landscape of SaaS, AI/ML, and Data Analytics, businesses are drawn to technologies promising to deliver big results while solving specific challenges. While some advancements might yield quick wins for individual tasks, adopting an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution is far more foundational and demands a holistic perspective. The ERP system is not

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IT Project Governance: Maximizing Value in Manufacturing and Distribution 

In the fast-paced world of manufacturing and distribution, technology plays a pivotal role in ensuring businesses remain competitive, secure, efficient, and responsive to ever-evolving consumer demands. For CEOs navigating this dynamic landscape, it’s abundantly clear that technology is not a one-size-fits-all solution. To make effective choices in technology investment while optimizing returns, organizations need a

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5 Things Manufacturers Can Learn from the Clorox Breach 

On September 18, 2023, household cleaning product giant, Clorox, sent shockwaves through the industry when it revealed a cyberattack that had occurred a month earlier was still causing significant production disruptions. The attack had damaged critical parts of Clorox’s IT infrastructure, resulting in extensive operational upheaval, despite the implementation of their business continuity plans. Although

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Distributor Evolution & The Role of Technology

The COVID-19 pandemic began a series of disruptions that continue to impact manufacturers’ and distributors’ financial strength and growth plans today. The pandemic snapped the longest continuous economic expansion in US history, according to an analysis by consulting firm McKinsey. Since then, manufacturers and distributors have faced shutdowns, supply chain delays, labor shortages, inflation, and

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