|The IAP were invited to attend the Food & Drink IT Summit at the National Motor Cycle Museum last Tuesday as an Associate of the event.
We were very happy to be associated with this industry leading meeting.
The event had many speakers discussing various aspects of IT in the industry, mainly discussing supply chain processing, energy and big data.
Interestingly Greggs the high street bakers/cafes are going through a £25 Million set of system changes and even in year 2 out of 5 are already reaping the rewards. They capture 50 million bits of sales data a day (BIGDATA) and use this to adjust buying of the materials and the production of shop stock.Another company were working with clients to look at power usage in their business processes. Interestingly some of these clients had the technology to monitor the use of power in their processes but failed to actually look at the reports. When they did start, a 10% power saving was found just by turning off the power switch at the end of the business day, instead of leaving equipment on.
|On the subject of Big Data, Dr. Christopher Brewster, Aston University, hit the nail on the head.It is alright capturing this data, but if you are not going to use it then it is just creates a Data Lake that everyone will drown in. You need to consider carefully what you want to capture, whether you need to and then use it.There were many other speakers and I will try and put up some of the content from them.|
It was a great time to see what exciting ideas are going on in the industry and I hope the IAP will be able to do a presentation at this event next year.