Comment: Information technology key to long-term success

Sep 30, 2012 | 07:00 PM | John Ambrosia

Tags  Crowe Horwath, enterprise resource planning, ERP, technology, John Ambrosia

Technology is vital to all metal sectors, but it’s not just breakthroughs in production and processes that are important to the bottom line. Information technology has become just as significant, and an array of hardware, software, systems analysis mechanisms and data-analysis tools are available to help metal companies make better decisions.

However, not all companies—or even sectors of the industry—have been quick to embrace such new tools. While it’s true that immediate and short-term priorities need attention, especially in today’s nearly unprecedented economic climate, ignoring IT developments is a long-term strategic error. The companies that will not only survive but thrive will find ways to include IT investments in their planning and budgeting.....

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