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Cloud Readiness For Logistics Providers

May 13, 2013 10:39 am | by Joe Pampel, Consulting Director, SunGard Availability Services

Call it the Logistics Cloud. It’s cloud-computing technology for logistics service providers, or LSPs, and it’s a huge universe that encompasses every industry. It’s computing that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet and employs a network of remote servers to store, manage and process data rather than a local server.


Finally, Uniform And Secure Enterprise Data Storage Ideal For Manufacturing

May 10, 2013 10:29 am | by Andres Rodriguez, CEO of Nasuni

Manufacturing companies have a notorious need to store large files and provide access from multiple offices, all on a restricted budget. In a world where manufacturing production is king, capital expenses are laser-focused on tools and equipment, leaving IT to strategically minimize capital investment while delivering enterprise-class IT operations.


Microsoft Director: 'Manufacturing Is A Hotbed Of Innovation'

May 10, 2013 9:49 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

The fundamental DNA of our business is to unleash the potential of people and organizations. And we have a long history of success in productivity tools. So that’s what we want to continue to do for our manufacturing customers — provide the tools to unlock their potential in growth, innovation, quality and customer service and help them improve productivity by optimizing and connecting their operations.


Understanding The Options In Manufacturing eCommerce

May 6, 2013 12:21 pm | by Bob Barr, Senior Vice President, Acquity Group

eCommerce is driving new opportunities in manufacturing and other B2B industries. With the right technology, a manufacturing brand can dramatically improve its online presence, but for many manufacturing companies, the decision to launch an eCommerce initiative isn’t as simple as it sounds.


Preparing To Succeed When Your Network Has Been Breached

May 6, 2013 12:13 pm | by Jeff Multz, Director of North America Midmarket Sales, Dell SecureWorks

If you don’t have a Computer Incident Response Plan (CIRP), resolving an incident will be much more difficult on your company and much more expensive. Because the longer you wait to eradicate a threat, the more time the intruders have to steal valuable information on you and your customers, and to make fraudulent wire transfers from your banking accounts.


The Key To Mobile Success In Manufacturing

May 6, 2013 11:58 am | by Jim Somers, Antenna Software

While mobile application adoption in traditional industrial manufacturing corporations has lagged some other industries, many people in manufacturing today have begun to realize the vast potential mobility has to benefit their organization.


Forget The Gym, Join A 3D Printing Factory

May 6, 2013 11:44 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D

3D Creation Systems is an additive manufacturing facility that offers SLS, SLA, FDM, and composite technologies to members for as little as $2,500. The 3D Creation Systems concept is reminiscent of Tech Shop, another membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop.


Why Manufacturers Need To Bulletproof Their Virtualized IT Environments

May 6, 2013 9:51 am | by Frank Hill, Stratus Technologies

The benefits of virtualization, including cost control, higher productivity, and better long-term planning, are indisputable. Yet, some manufacturing engineers and plant IT departments are missing out on these benefits because they think virtualization involves too much risk.


Sustaining Market Leadership By Leveraging Business And Manufacturing Intelligence

May 3, 2013 10:11 am | by James Montgomery, Product Manager, Apriso

Manufacturers cannot expect to sustain success with traditional decision making when facing today’s unprecedented shifts in markets, demands, technologies and opportunities. To maintain a leadership position and profit margins, companies must respond intelligently to more frequent, drastic and faster changes.


ISM: Manufacturing Slowing, But Still Expanding

May 3, 2013 10:03 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the fifth consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business. Although U.S. manufacturing continued to slow in April, underlying metrics show that there is more good news than there is cause for concern.


Five Reasons For Small To Mid-size Manufacturers To Adopt PLM

May 1, 2013 10:32 am | by Chuck Cimalore, CTO and Co-founder of Omnify Software

By implementing a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system, companies both large and small, benefit by simplifying and shortening each phase of the product development process. However, deciding whether or not to adopt PLM software has been a challenge for smaller organizations due to a reputation of PLM being difficult to implement.


Creating Better Jobs For Manufacturing’s Comeback

April 28, 2013 2:13 pm | by Ray Attiyah, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Definity Partners

A favorite saying of mine is that we hire people not just for their hands, but also for their hearts and minds. When we hire frontline employees, it should not be just for the work they do on the line, but for the creative thoughts in their hearts and minds. What if we paid frontline manufacturing employees just $2 per hour for their labor but $14 per hour to use their minds?


‘Internet Of Things’ — An Opportunity For Intelligent Device Manufacturers

April 28, 2013 2:00 pm | by Steve Schmidt, Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy, Flexera Software

Opportunity beckons intelligent device manufacturers. They must evolve their products from fixed function and disconnected systems to flexible and seamlessly connected devices. Making products smarter will provide a wide array of benefits.


Labor Productivity And Global Competiveness

April 28, 2013 1:43 pm | by Simon Macpherson, Senior Director Operations, Kronos EMEA

It’s been my long-held belief that no matter what we automate in manufacturing, or how flexible and effective a supply chain we develop, it’s how we manage the people in the business that will make the difference between good and world class.


Engineering Answers: Fail Faster

April 26, 2013 10:23 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor

As the market gap between hobbyist makers and professional engineers continues to close, desktop 3D printing is emerging as the next golden nugget in prototyping and small-scale manufacturing. MakerBot has been at the cusp of this revolution.


The Ten Commandments Of Industrial Ethernet

April 26, 2013 10:16 am | by Mike Fahrion, Director of Product Management, B&B Electronics

A Wi-Fi-enabled computer can connect to multiple networks at the same time.  Your employees can give a hacker a pathway into your internal network simply by powering up a laptop.  Imagine the mess an eco-terrorist could make if he didn’t like the look of your smokestack. 


How Clouds Can Dominate Sunny Florida

April 24, 2013 5:17 pm | by Anna K. Wells, Executive Editor

It’s not always easy to get a room full of people excited about IT, but Inforum 2013 succeeded in doing so. But it wouldn’t be a conference on enterprise solutions if there weren’t cloud cover—and Infor has a few new cloud initiatives with big ramifications for manufacturers, including a partnership with IBM and a new big data solution called Sky Vault.


PLM Needs To Be Viewed As Strategic Corporate Asset

April 24, 2013 10:34 am | by Kevin Prendeville

During the past several years the tables have turned on a number of large high-tech companies as several market leaders have become followers, and several followers have become market leaders. The dramatic change has pivoted on the ability of these market followers to leverage investments in product development processes to deliver more innovative and impactful products than the leaders.


Industrial-grade Ethernet Solutions Improve The Bottom Line

April 24, 2013 10:25 am | by Larry Castelli, RCDD, Belden Inc. & Jim Krachenfels, Belden Inc.

Ethernet has become the network of choice for most bottom-line-oriented manufacturing managers. As Ethernet advances technically, it is driving further out into the networks . . . in some cases, all the way to the sensors. In order to take full advantage of the benefits of Ethernet, you need to choose the right tools to do the job.


Looking Forward On Ethernet's 40th Anniversary

April 23, 2013 10:14 am | by John D’Ambrosia, Chairman and Board of Directors, Ethernet Alliance Chief Ethernet Evangelist, CTO Office, Dell

With so much innovation and development percolating across the global Ethernet ecosystem, there is little time for the technology’s vast array of stakeholders to look back on its successes. Ethernet’s ongoing expansion is the almost singular focus.



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