The Biz Box

The Biz Box is a platform from which industry and business experts can share thoughts and opinions on how best to be successful in today’s marketspace.

Busy doing everything, but busy doing the right things?

Written by Michiel Bos on . Posted in Services

Running your business asks everything of you. You do whatever’s necessary to be and stay successful. Fighting the competition, finding and keeping the right people. Delivering projects on time, on budget and, more importantly, at the right quality level. Acquiring new projects and increasing the visibility of the business. Every day sees you invest serious time in ensuring progress. However, can you be sure that you’re really doing the right things?

Help! My e-mail is taking over!

Written by Michiel Bos on . Posted in Business

For the majority of businesses, e-mail is used for just about everything. And the majority of people also tend to complain about how much e-mail they get. Particularly for professional service providers, where consultants spend so much time off site, e-mail as communication tool of choice has become practically second nature. In reality though, it’s something we’d actually like to get away from. So how can we actually draw a line under the endless stream of e-mail filling up our inboxes?

How efficient is your supply chain communication?

Written by Tonnis de Boer on . Posted in Wholesale

Many companies now have their internal automation well organized and under control. But is that also the case through the wider supply chain? Business are not stand alone operators – they are a part of something much bigger. Producers, traders, wholesalers and logistic operators – they all add value to the product arriving at the end consumer. If that’s going to be enough value to protect a profit for those involved, optimal communication between them is essential.

In the shadows

Written by Michiel Bos on . Posted in Business

Even within the four strictly organized walls of your company things are happening that are hidden away in the shadows. Out of sight, but gnawing away at your processes, control and understanding. Employees are buying, hiring, downloading or logging into and using applications, tools and services that you know nothing about. That your IT department knows nothing about. This is shadow IT. A subject that’s well worth shining some light on.

3D-printing – take it on, or not?

Written by Auke Hylarides on . Posted in Manufacturing

3D-printing is practically a daily news item now, with all kinds of innovative and often rather futuristic applications. While the possibilities around 3D-printing (or Additive Manufacturing if you prefer) seem enormous, many businesses remain uncertain about what exactly they should be doing with the technology. Are we going to use it for our own production and design processes? Which applications are both possible and affordable? Where can it be effectively employed, and where less so? What about multi-colour printing? What will work, and what wont?

Is your business growing out of control?

Written by Richard Francis on . Posted in Services

Effective consolidation is certainly no easy task. Rules and regulations are getting tighter and stricter, both domestically and internationally. A flawless audit trail, irrespective of how complex tax regulations may be, has become essential. With four eyes needed on more administrative processes than ever before, what help can growing businesses expect from their IT?

Are manufacturers ready for the Internet of Things?

Written by Richard Francis on . Posted in Wholesale

The Internet of Things (IoT) has already become a commonplace aspect of everyday life for many, it’s impact both cultural and social. And it’s influence has certainly extended to the business world. Here we look in particular at its application in the manufacturing industry. The possibilities are significant, but where do the challenges lie?