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Leading Edge Supply Chain Forum 2021: Assess
Recording. Content focusing on topics to consider when assessing and adapting your supply chain for maximum agility and efficiency.
Webinar: Applying AI to Your Factory Today
Recording. In this use case and demo-driven session, manufacturers will see how their peers are using AI to achieve their business objectives today, how today's AI tools are enabling citizen data scientists to build & manage AI solutions at scale, and how manufacturers are overcoming some of the challenges of implementing AI to build the factory of the future.
HBR Article: A Manager's Guide to Augmented RealityAug 7, 2018
How IIoT changes the idea of ownershipMay 22, 2017
PTC: PPT of How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Competition and CompaniesAug 15, 2018
Connected Service Equipment Knowledge as Competitive PowerMar 19, 2017
Leading by Example: Technology Companies Help Save Scarce Water ResourcesJul 5, 2017
Why Manufacturers Need to Rethink How They Value WaterMar 28, 2017
Benefits of Creating a Corporate Water Strategy – and Tips for Ensuring SuccessMar 18, 2017
5 Ideas for Improving Energy UseAug 16, 2018
Powering Innovation in Manufacturing
John Quincy Adams, statesman, diplomat, lawyer, sixth US president
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)