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Assessing Your Risk For A Cyber Breach & Minimizing The Fallout

January 23, 2015 | by Jay Shelton | Comments

A staggering 43 percent of U.S. companies have experienced a data breach in the last year according to the Ponemon Institute. Despite the rise in breaches, 27 percent of companies didn't have a data breach response plan or team in place.   

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A Mixed Forecast: The New Norm For Cloud

January 22, 2015 10:36 am | by Ed Talerico

With 69 percent of enterprises running either applications or infrastructure in the cloud today, up 12 percent from 2012, it is difficult to dispute claims that the cloud has hit the mainstream.                

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5 Tips For Remaining Discreet In The Digital World

January 20, 2015 11:04 am | by Mark Sell

Today’s social media age has led consumers to embrace companies that are straightforward and explicit in all external communications. However, logistics companies that handle sensitive commodities must be savvy with their communication strategy in order to preserve customers’ privacy and security.

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3 Ways To Make Your Business Agile

January 16, 2015 11:00 am | by Stewart Florsheim

Agility — flexibility, scalability, and readiness to seize opportunities and avoid pitfalls — can mean the difference between success and failure.                             

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7 Key Questions To Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

January 14, 2015 11:48 am | by Deborah Grant

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches, businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Here are 7 key questions related to these challenges that organizations need to ask in moving forward with a GHS initiative.

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Playing Well With Retailers: Frictionless D2C Ecommerce For Manufacturers

January 13, 2015 1:23 pm | by Ranga Bodla

Frictionless D2C ecommerce represents the best way forward for manufacturers to take advantage of the ever-increasing growth of online sales while still maintaining that sales through their existing retail partners aren’t negatively impacted.   

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5 Essential ERP Needs Custom ETO Manufacturers Should Consider

January 12, 2015 11:41 am | by Jean Magny

Custom engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers have unique process requirements throughout their manufacturing lifecycle. The communication between departments, or lack-there-of, can cause bottlenecks, affecting the growth potential of small to medium-size manufacturers.

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Microsoft Predictions For Manufacturing In 2015

January 9, 2015 11:18 am | by Sanjay Ravi

The challenge for 2015 is to create smarter data — the year that IoT will become the Internet of Your Things.                                         

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Call On Threat Intelligence To Secure Your Organization

January 7, 2015 12:03 pm | by Jeff Multz

You may wish you had a crystal ball to see what cyber threats are headed your way, but there’s something far more reliable. Threat intelligence provides you with true evidence of current-day threats that have already been spotted hitting organizations like yours.

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Debunking The Top 4 Margin-Killing Myths Of B2B Pricing

January 6, 2015 11:59 am | by Barrett Thompson

B2B companies want to maximize their margins, improve profit performance and increase shareholder value, but few manufacturers are leveraging the power of pricing to achieve these objectives.                 

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Omni-Channel: To Cloud Or Not To Cloud?

January 5, 2015 12:58 pm | by Diego Pantoja-Navajas

With mobile and eCommerce on the rise, omni-channel fulfillment is becoming more and more important. Ready or not, businesses and their supply chains need to move at the speed of the internet to keep up.             

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Strong Going Into 2015

January 5, 2015 12:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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The Top 6 IoT Predictions For 2015

December 30, 2014 10:19 am | by Sansa Security

From consumer issues to drones and emissions, Sensa Security looks at the top elements dominating the Internet of Things (IoT) discussion in 2015.                   

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After Reshoring — Opportunities For Cloud ERP

December 22, 2014 12:22 pm | by Pat Garrehy

Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide solutions.

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Using Big Data From The IoT To Predict Machine Failure

December 19, 2014 10:52 am | by Aurimas Adomavicius

Interpreting Big Data in manufacturing is a highly complex process that involves an interconnected fleet of data producing machines, overwhelming amounts of data, transformation of data for digestion, interpretation and automation of strategic decisions to maximize uptime and profitability.

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6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing In 2015

December 17, 2014 1:14 pm | by John Zegers

The director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, John Zegers, consults with manufacturing companies of all shapes and sizes on a wide range of projects. Over the past year, he's been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to him that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing. Take a look at his predictions for the new year. 

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5 Challenges To Cybersecurity In The New Year

December 16, 2014 12:49 pm | by Karl Volkman

It’s been a tough year for those battling cybersecurity threats and data breaches. From Target and Home Depot to JP Morgan Chase and Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2014 reminded business executives and consumers that nobody is invincible when it comes to cybercrimes.

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7 Tips For Bridging The Digital Gap

December 15, 2014 12:18 pm | by Krishnan Ramanujam

Simply installing new technology is not enough. To get a return on their investments, manufacturers need to put a business framework in place to support them. That requires transforming how they do business.             

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3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking To Implement Big Data

December 12, 2014 11:21 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

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Learn How Big Data And Analytics Are Driving Operational Excellence For A&D Manufacturers And Suppliers

December 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by Greg Goodwin

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense manufacturing. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards of new technologies are worth the inherent risks. Find out how today’s technologies are eliminating these risks and accelerating operational excellence in leading A&D companies.  

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Manufacturers Need An ERP As Unique As Their Business

December 10, 2014 12:11 pm | by Ranga Bodla

No two companies are alike, and their ERP systems shouldn't be either. Manufacturing has uniquely complex processes and workflows that require functionality a vanilla ERP application can't provide. While some ERP vendors might suggest that it's best to conform to their ERP application's practices, in fact, the ERP software should be adaptable to the customer.

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