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Internet of things

Explore challenges and opportunities of IOT to maximize performance.

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Sustainability

Enable proactive business strategies around resources to optimize results.

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Supply Chain

Improve quality and efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance customer service with innovation in this area

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Cybersecurity

Assess and manage risks associated with increasing digitized processes and products.

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Growth

Discover trends and changes that impact workforce, talent, and the intersection with technology

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Resources

HBR Article: A Manager's Guide to Augmented Reality

Aug 7, 2018

How IIoT changes the idea of ownership

May 22, 2017

PTC: PPT of How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Competition and Companies

Aug 15, 2018

Connected Service Equipment Knowledge as Competitive Power

Mar 19, 2017

Leading by Example: Technology Companies Help Save Scarce Water Resources

Jul 5, 2017

Why Manufacturers Need to Rethink How They Value Water

Mar 28, 2017

Benefits of Creating a Corporate Water Strategy – and Tips for Ensuring Success

Mar 18, 2017

5 Ideas for Improving Energy Use

Aug 16, 2018
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Powering Innovation in Manufacturing

History teaches, but it has no pupils.

Dec 17, 2018

Antonio Gramsci, political theorist

Monday Economic Report

Dec 17, 2018

Retail sales softened in November, up 0.2%, with reduced gasoline station sales (and lower prices) serving as a bit of a drag on the headline number. Despite the smaller increase for the month, consumer spending remained strong overall, continuing to be one of the bright spots in the U.S. economy. Over the past 12 months, retail sales have risen by a relatively healthy 4.2%. On a year-over-year basis, the clear winner was nonstore retailers, with retail sales growth of 10.8% since November 2017. In contrast, department store sales decreased 0.2% year over year. As such, the brick-and-mortar versus online retail dynamics continued to play out in the sales data. Read more.

Siemens offers insight on approach to recruitment, retention

Dec 17, 2018

Siemens has changed its process for recruiting, onboarding, training and retention in recent years, taking a proactive approach that entails identifying specific skill sets and subsequent talent pools, writes company executive Mike Brown. Siemens has hired more than 2,5000 veterans over the past five years, thanks to its partnership with Orion, and the initiative has helped the company meet a need in federal markets. Area Development magazine (12/2018)

43 brands, organizations plan to reduce supply chain emissions

Dec 17, 2018

A group of 43 organizations, including brands such as Target, H&M and Adidas, have vowed to reduce the climate impact of their supply chains through a new effort called Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. The group will identify strategies to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Supply Chain Dive (12/11)

Column: Industrial cyberrisks are a threat to worker safety

Dec 17, 2018

Cybersecurity attacks on industrial assets put workers at risk and should be addressed in safety programs, write Tony Baker and Pat Barry of Rockwell Automation. They champion a three-pronged approach to risk management based on compliance, culture and technology. Plant Services online (12/14)

Is your IIoT device management strategy working?

Dec 17, 2018

Unexpected downtime, capacity issues, worker delays and rising field-servicing costs are signs that a manufacturer may need to improve its strategy for managing industrial internet of things devices, writes Bsquare Vice President Dave McCarthy. Smart Industry (12/13)

Commentary: Supply chains need to adapt to digital landscape

Dec 17, 2018

Digital supply chains streamline business processes required for product sales, and the disruption they have brought to the industry means businesses need to adapt. From a logistics point of view, it is about improving forecasting accuracy and enabling process automation across the company, writes Hans Thalbauer of SAP. SupplyChainBrain (12/13)

RFID is an affordable, accurate way to track inventory

Dec 17, 2018

Radio frequency identification tags are a low-cost, highly accurate way to keep track of inventory at every step of the supply chain, writes Gary Wollenhaupt. Enterprise resource planning systems and other management tools are now able to scan 100 RFID tags at once in real time, adds Jason Ivy of Impinj. Supply Chain Dive (12/11)

How to sell directly while maintaining distributor relationships

Dec 17, 2018

Manufacturers can succeed in direct-to-consumer sales without damaging existing distributor relationships by offering products or services that support downstream partners or hook consumers in ways distributors can't ignore, write Ned Calder, Shahriar Parvarandeh and Michael Brady of Innosight. They also suggest reaching out to consumer segments that are underserved or ignored by most distributors. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (12/14)

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