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IoT Manufacturing Insight With Intel And National Instruments

August 14, 2014 12:39 pm | by Intel | Videos | Comments

Ray Almgren, National Instruments’ vice president of marketing, and Jim Robinson, general manager of Intel’s IoT Group, explore what customers are looking for from IoT and how its implementation drives business transformation.     

Nokia's $25 Phone

August 14, 2014 12:23 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nokia's new budget device will provide at least a week's worth of battery life on standby....

New Suite Helps Optimize Processes, Reduce Costs And Respond To A Changing Market

August 14, 2014 11:12 am | by Oracle | Product Releases | Comments

Today’s global business environment is complex and constantly changing. To help organizations...

Understand Your Best Customers To Find New Revenue Opportunities

August 12, 2014 11:55 am | by Anders Ekman | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers have traditionally sold products through sales channels with a one-size-fits-all...

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The IoT Uplink: The Rapidly Growing Importance Of Remote Monitoring

August 11, 2014 12:25 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

This episode of The IoT Uplink focuses on remote monitoring, and the advantages and challenges that this technology brings to the manufacturing space.                             

IP Network Architecture: Enhancing User-Access Security

August 11, 2014 12:11 pm | by Clark Case | Blogs | Comments

User-access security is critical to safeguard industrial operations, as well to protect the most valuable assets — including intellectual property.                             

Smartphones Must Include 'Kill Switch' Under Bill

August 8, 2014 9:17 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the bill, smartphones must be sold pre-equipped with a "kill switch" that deactivates them if stolen. Such technology is already widely available to download, but the legislation would make the shut-off function standard unless a customer opts out.

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Spying Revelations Lead To German Encryption Boom

August 7, 2014 1:14 pm | by Martha Mendoza & Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jon Callas, co-founder of Silent Circle, which sells an encryption app allowing users to talk and text in private, said a series of disclosures from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden last year have been a boon for business.     

Timex: Untethered Smartwatch Is A 'Very Big Deal'

August 7, 2014 12:48 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Timex chairwoman Anette Olsen talks to Ed Baig about the new Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch — which is not tethered to a phone.                                    

Why You Can’t Afford To Not Integrate PLM Into Supply Chain Orchestration

August 4, 2014 8:59 am | by Hari Menon | Articles | Comments

With the increasing frequency of product recalls and production delays, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that these have become an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence of today’s outsourcing practices. But, in reality, they should be unacceptable to any manufacturing executive. 

Hosting QuickBooks: It All Adds Up For Manufacturers — And Their Accounting Firms

July 31, 2014 4:40 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

Rather than restricting access to an office computer, or taking a laptop on the road to visit clients, QuickBooks cloud hosting ensures that the software and hardware is managed, backed up and always available via the Internet.       

Escaping Email: Inspired Vision Or Hallucination?

July 31, 2014 3:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Asana hopes that its software that combines the elements of a communal notebook, social network, instant messaging application and online calendar will enable teams of employees to share information and do most of their jobs without relying on email.

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HP: Most IoT Devices Lack Security, Open To Attack

July 31, 2014 3:29 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

A recent study from Hewlett-Packard reveals that 70 percent of Internet of Things (IoT) devices — including sensors and connected infrastructure — are seriously vulnerable to attack.                   

Connecting Internet of Everything, One Line At A Time

July 30, 2014 4:52 pm | by Chet Namboodri & Patrick Gilbert | Articles | Comments

From connected energy to more efficient hospitals to smart cities, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is producing real, transformative results. Amongst industries, manufacturing has the most potential for growth and development by connecting the unconnected.

Cloud Applications, A Challenge For Both User And Access Control

July 30, 2014 12:40 pm | by Dean Wiech | Articles | Comments

For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role, it is now transitioning to a coordinating role. In addition, it can be significantly more difficult to control user and access privileges in cloud applications.

Smoothing The Transition To ISO 9000 With Effective File Control

July 29, 2014 11:27 am | by Greg Milliken | Articles | Comments

Moving a library of ISO compliance documents, instrument design drawings and product manuals into a cloud-based, single virtual file repository helped Bentley Instruments find a simple way to store, share and retrieve standards documents with all of its locations. 

Advice For Moving To Omnichannel Commerce

July 28, 2014 1:31 pm | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers will modernize their B2B infrastructures to support many-to-many connections and integration between IT systems. Thanks to the advent of cloud-based computing, B2B commerce applications don't require the purchase of additional hardware or software, or need full time IT staffers to deploy and manage it.

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28 Years Of Windows In 60 Seconds

July 24, 2014 1:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

A look back at Microsoft's Windows operating system from 1985 to today.                                                   

5 Places You May Have Hidden Paper On Your Shop Floor

July 22, 2014 12:44 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

If you’re currently planning on implementing a Manufacturing Execution System or other applications in the Manufacturing Operations Management space, you may think you have all the shop-floor areas and situations that still use manual, paper-based processes identified, but this may not necessarily be the case.

Manufacturing Calculator Launched To Show Immediate Value In Reducing Costs, Improving Efficiencies

July 22, 2014 12:13 pm | by Aptean | Product Releases | Comments

Aptean has launched a free online cost savings calculator to help manufacturers visualize the potential impact of eliminating paper-based, performance measurement on the shop floor.

Free Enterprise File Synchronization And Sharing For Content Management Customers

July 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by OpenText | Product Releases | Comments

OpenText has announced free enterprise file sharing and synchronization for OpenText Content Suite 10.5, a single information governance backbone for the enterprise.

IaaS: Delivering Enterprise-Level Support To Manufacturers

July 21, 2014 12:24 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers look to secure a competitive advantage in their specific markets, implementing a virtual infrastructure is often a step in the right direction.                         

Cutting Downtime And Improving Production Control With Detailed OEE Data

July 17, 2014 1:01 pm | by Gary McNiel | Articles | Comments

With new, granular manufacturing intelligence, one cosmetics manufacturer can easily evaluate line deficiencies and identify needed improvements — giving management the knowledge and confidence they need to keep pace with their demanding industry.

Apple-IBM Deal Weighs On BlackBerry Shares

July 17, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry shares dropped Wednesday after details emerged of a partnership between two of the world's biggest technology companies — Apple and IBM — aimed at business customers.                     

Apttus Announces X-Author For Excel

July 14, 2014 4:41 pm | by Apttus | Product Releases | Comments

This solution allows Salesforce users to use the Excel UI for many of their Salesforce tasks, enabling simple and quick contributions to revenue and business critical information across the company.

Blackphone: The Smartphone With More Security

July 11, 2014 12:03 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The Blackphone offers a higher level of privacy than other smartphones. CEO Toby Weir-Jones explains some of the security-conscious features.                               

When Shopping For An ERP Solution, Beware The Empty Promise

July 11, 2014 10:51 am | by Timothy D. Garcia
 | Articles | Comments

Bad software is not the primary reason ERP systems, in general, have earned a bad industry reputation. Rather, trouble usually arises because of the tricks, empty promises and false guarantees made as an ERP vendor’s sales representative works to close a deal.

Purchase Order Management Must Go Way Beyond Simply Tracking Purchase Orders

July 9, 2014 12:01 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Successful manufacturers need to keep track of inventory from the moment it's ordered from the supplier to the moment it is delivered to their customer.                            

How 'ERP-Like' Solutions Can Drive Profitability

July 7, 2014 12:36 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

Forget everything you’ve heard about business software. Today, solutions exist that provide similar functionalities found in ERP, but without the startling price tag and complexity.                   

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