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BR CLAYTON, AW FAIRCLOUGH and TR HART

Logisticians explain how the computer giant routinely handles its international resourcing and delivery.

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Logisticians explain how the computer giant routinely handles its international resourcing and delivery.

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Logistics World, vol. 2 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0953-2137

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Bob Illingworth

Bob Illingworth, HR Director at Unisys, describes how the organization has implemented flexible working as part of its shift from a technology supplier to an IT services company.

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Bob Illingworth, HR Director at Unisys, describes how the organization has implemented flexible working as part of its shift from a technology supplier to an IT services company.

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Strategic HR Review, vol. 4 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1475-4398

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Christopher R. Jones

Discusses how Unisys Ltd in the UK and other leading companies arefinding that performance measuring and improving key business processesform a vital part of a…

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Discusses how Unisys Ltd in the UK and other leading companies are finding that performance measuring and improving key business processes form a vital part of a company‐wide improvement strategy. Using examples from Unisys, shows how cross‐functional methods of process improvement are being deployed to this end. Discusses the key business processes, breaking these down further into delivery and support processes. Looks at how to exploit the challenges and opportunities to be found in the 1990s and how to structure measuring, improving, planning and controlling the key business processes as part of a company‐wide strategy.

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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, vol. 70 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0002-2667

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Stephen Errey

Some managers may assume that improvements in service can only be achieved by an increase in stock investment and that any stock reduction will reduce service efficiency…

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Some managers may assume that improvements in service can only be achieved by an increase in stock investment and that any stock reduction will reduce service efficiency. However, it is possible to combine a reduction in stock with an overall increase in effectiveness. Unisys found that this “win‐win” option is a viable alternative when it carried out a review of its customer service business stream.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 9 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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Mayank Shah and Monder Ram

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the rationale for supplier diversity, constituent elements of each case study programme, actual performance of the initiatives…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the rationale for supplier diversity, constituent elements of each case study programme, actual performance of the initiatives and key challenges involved in implementing supplier diversity programmes.

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This paper goes beyond armchair accounts of the “American experience”, and presents evidence from three exemplars of supplier diversity in the USA – Ford Motor Company, JPMorgan Chase, and Unisys. Semi‐structured interviews with supplier diversity teams within these three case study firms were conducted to understand the rationale, drivers and challenges to implementing supplier diversity programmes.

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The case studies highlight the importance of the “business case” in explaining corporate receptiveness to supplier diversity. This has particular force in light of the progressive “browning” of the USA. However, the role of the government as catalyst is not to be understated; a number of respondents identified governmental pressure as an important influence on the approach to supplier diversity. Sophisticated monitoring of supply chains and intense out‐reach activities with minority business enterprises were important features of the case study firm and provide a sharp contrast with the position in the UK.

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The paper concludes by assessing the key elements of successful supplier diversity initiatives, and reflecting on the lessons that could be learned for the UK.

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Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, vol. 11 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-8546

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Facilities, vol. 19 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

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Tommie L. Ellis, Robert A. Nicholson, Antoinette Y. Briggs, Scott A. Hunter, James E. Harbison, Paul S. Saladna, Michael W. Garris, Robert K. Ohnemus, John E. O’Connor and Steven B. Reynolds

Rising operational costs and software sustainment concerns have driven the Air Force to move to newer technology to ensure that the Air Force Standard Base Supply System…

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Purpose

Rising operational costs and software sustainment concerns have driven the Air Force to move to newer technology to ensure that the Air Force Standard Base Supply System (SBSS) can continue to provide affordable and sustainable mission support in the years to come. This paper aims to summarize the successful software modernization effort the Air Force undertook to achieve that objective.

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The paper describes the preliminary system updates that were required to isolate the SBSS software from all internal and external system and user interfaces in preparation for the subsequent successful code roll effort. Once the legacy SBSS component was fully isolated, the SBSS software modernization objective was achieved via a “code roll” conversion of the SBSS software from legacy COBOL to Java code, and movement of the integrated logistics system-supply application from a proprietary information technology (IT) platform to an open IT operating environment.

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The SBSS system modernization yielded immediate and significant IT operational cost reductions and provided an important foundation for achieving Air Force logistics system consolidation and cloud computing objectives going forward.

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The SBSS modernization experience should be useful in assisting similar data system software modernization efforts.

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Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics, vol. 1 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2399-6439

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A move from build‐to‐order to off‐the‐shelf forced Unisys' Flemington plant to re‐think its manufacturing strategy. Integrating assembly with test and distribution through…

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A move from build‐to‐order to off‐the‐shelf forced Unisys' Flemington plant to re‐think its manufacturing strategy. Integrating assembly with test and distribution through material and information flow proved to be the answer.

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Assembly Automation, vol. 10 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-5154

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B. CLAYTON

Unisys ‘data transaction highway’ process flow was first presented to the Council of Logistics Management at its 1988 conference. This article will identify some specific…

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Unisys ‘data transaction highway’ process flow was first presented to the Council of Logistics Management at its 1988 conference. This article will identify some specific developments that have occurred over the past year.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 3 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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