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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

From the experience of the past, we derive instructive lessons for the future.

Jul 5, 2022

John Quincy Adams, statesman, diplomat, lawyer, sixth US president

How manufacturers can secure a steadier workforce

Jul 5, 2022

Employees are leaving their jobs at a rate of about 4 million per month and, according to one study, there's no single explanation. A survey conducted by a team at the Fund for Our Economic Future found some contributing factors, most notably work environment, something that manufacturers can address by opening a dialogue with employees and offering such things as a more inviting culture and improved benefits. Forbes (tiered subscription model) (6/30)

Amazon partners with high school on educational lab

Jul 5, 2022

The Umatilla School District in Oregon will open a new AWS Think Big Space in collaboration with Amazon Web Services. The new educational lab, developed with input from robotics students, is aimed at supporting STEAM instruction and will include hands-on instruction in cloud computing and advanced manufacturing. KNDO-TV/KNDU-TV (Yakima, Wash.) (7/1)

Procurement and supply chain automation tools differ

Jul 5, 2022

Finding the right tools for automation entails knowing the distinctions between supply chain automation and procurement automation, writes Madhurjya Chowdhury. Using software to automate a company's procurement operations is known as procurement automation, while automation of the supply chain is designed to increase connectivity, eliminate manual labor, and improve operational clarity. Analytics Insight (6/30)

Automakers face supply, inflation, sourcing challenges

Jul 5, 2022

Just-in-time practices were a big money saver for the auto industry until the global pandemic set in and disrupted long and complex supply chains. Now with prices rising and relief uncertain and perhaps months away, some automakers are looking to reduce this vulnerability. PropertyCasualty360 (free registration) (7/5)

Column: 3 layers for better cybersecurity

Jul 5, 2022

Systems that bring a company into the age of the industrial internet of things can also open up wide cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Luis Narvaez from Simatic and Siemens Industry advises a layered approach to the challenge that includes securing physical and network boundaries as well as system integrity. Automation (7/1)

Commentary: Zero trust is essential to cybersecurity

Jul 5, 2022

A zero-trust approach across all infrastructure, users and applications is essential to keep up with accelerating digital transformation and evolving threats, and reduce security complexity, writes Nir Zuk, chief technology officer at Palo Alto Networks. Once zero-trust policies are established, security teams can continuously validate them with monitoring and advanced techniques to identify gaps and security issues, Zuk writes. Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (6/30)

Retention efforts lead to expanding CFO role

Jul 5, 2022

Firms are increasingly expanding the role of CFOs to incentivize executives to stay. Turnover among CFOs increased to 18% in 2021 from 14% in 2019 among S&P 500 companies, and broadening responsibilities is seen as a way to "engage and recognize and motivate the very best of the best," says Joel von Ranson, head of global functional practices at Spencer Stuart, adding, "It's also a reflection of a very competitive and tight CFO market." PYMNTS (7/4)

General Mills CEO: Disruption prep drove FY sales jump

Jul 5, 2022

General Mills grew sales 5% for its fiscal year ended May 29 with consumers pivoting to at-home eating due to inflation and the company's preparation for supply chain disruption, said CEO Jeffrey L. Harmening. "For instance, we were able to quickly address ingredient shortages on our US Pillsbury and Totino's business in Q3, driving a rapid rebound in our on-shelf availability," said Harmening. Baking Business (free registration) (7/1)

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