Digital Transformation

Businesses are beginning to realize that, throughout their evolution, they must invest in change to keep up with and ultimately lead in a new era of connected markets.  As a result, businesses are now entering an era of “digital transformation” to integrate and improve the customer experience. Altimeter Research Group explores the role of new customer behavior and disruptive technology in influencing how organizations evolve in their … Read More

Internet of Everything

Manufacturers and other industrial organizations need to prepare their operations and products for the emerging, connected world of the Internet of Things (IoT). ARC Advisory Group believes that the emerging IoT will offer value across multiple industrial sectors and applications. Cisco expands on this, using the term, “Internet of Everything” (IoE) to describe its vision of bringing people, process, and … Read More

The World Went Digital and Businesses Must Adapt

The world got digitized, now businesses must respond to that. How can a business pretend that they can continue their processes as they were – when those processes were made for older decades where manual processes, automation, personalization, and even optimization was not an issue? Some valued highlights I took away from Esteban Kolsky’s blog – THE FOUNDATION COMPONENTS FOR … Read More

Smarter Manufacturing with IoT

People. Process. Data. Things. People.  IoT in manufacturing will improve business by connecting people to the right information, over the right device at the right time and span across company boundaries to include suppliers, maintenance partners, and distribution chains. New mobile-ready software will allow plant managers to have access to data such as equipment efficiency, line efficiency, data visualization tools and alerts from any location … Read More

Lean Manufacturing

With its roots dating as far back as 1930, Lean Manufacturing is at the core of the “Lean” philosophies that have emerged over the past 2 decades (Agile Methodologies, Lean Startup). Lean Manufacturing was largely developed as part of the Toyota Production System (TPS) as a management philosophy and a set of principles that consider any work not generating value … Read More

Connected Devices

Connected Devices: What’s so cool about a thermostat? Nest argued and quickly proved that thermostats matter… They control about 50% of Americans’ energy bills and as much as 10% of all U.S. energy. Spoiler Alert for those living in a bubble – Google acquired Nest early this year for 3.2 Billion.  What is fascinating is the story leading up to … Read More

Industrial Internet

Welcome to the age of the Industrial Internet Marco Annunziata, Chief Economist and Executive Director of General Electric, gave a TED talk about the rise in the use of technology coupled with internet and how it could affect our lives in the future. Real-time operational intelligence As an industrial based or manufacturing organization, if you haven’t begun asking yourself the … Read More

Advanced Technologies Driving US Manufacturing Renaissance

SME’s Manufacturing Engineering Media releases its annual trends report declaring advanced manufacturing software (Cloud ERP and PLM), automation, multifunction machines and 3-D printing are creating the new industry of the future, but cautions that developing a highly skilled workforce is critical to sustaining momentum in the U.S. manufacturing sector.   2014: Manufacturing’s New Momentum “The business case for manufacturing goods … Read More

Cloud ERP – Security, Change Management Still a Challenge

ERP Implementation Challenges Bottom-Line Up Front: There is nothing earth shattering in the survey findings below.  The same challenges and misperceptions still remain.  Migrating or implementing a new business system is painful.  It takes the right leaders and/or consultants to navigate this process to mitigate these risks and challenges. ERP implementation projects continue to get a bad rap for running … Read More

Big Data in Supply Chain Management

Big Data in Supply Chain Management

Supply chain leaders need to pay more attention to big data and predictive analytics. IndustryARC, an industry market research and analysis company, explored this topic in particular detail in the global “Big Data Market in Supply Chain Management” report. According to research conducted by IndustryARC, the global big-data market was around $6.93 billion in 2012 and around $12.21 billion in 2013. … Read More