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Poor performing applications hit manufacturers’ revenue

Manufacturers are struggling to deal with increasingly complex IT, according to the latest research from Ipanema Technologies and Loudhouse.

They said half of manufacturers have suffered unplanned critical application performance problems in the last 12 months with 83% reporting a rise in IT complexity driven by more users, increased locations, new applications and adoption of cloud computing. ...
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Precise savings from bearing improvements

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Dawnfresh nets the benefits of new maintenance software

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