The cloud computing "ecosystem" failed Mat Homan, and his plight should serve to remind individuals and companies that store sensitive data in “the cloud” that the technology (while oozing with upside and potential) remains very much a work in progress.
Now let’s discuss Six Sigma. Six Sigma, too, attacks a very real demon. That bad guy is named “variation.” It is a real and true deficit to our businesses to expend resources, time and energy desperately trying to control outcomes that are continuously changing and unpredictable. The aim of Six Sigma is to control processes well enough that their outcome is always stable and always predictable.
A friend and colleague asked me a difficult question recently. He queried, “What do you think the future of Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) will be? Will it continue, or is it a dying idea?” I did my best to offer my personal perspective while caught a little unprepared for such a thought.
Bolstered by new innovation, ERP has become an even stronger business asset, and this is changing how mid-market customers define successful ERP implementations. Key mid-market industries – such as manufacturing, retail, distribution, food, and services – are eager to harness the power of cloud computing to implement cost-efficient IT solutions that ultimately drive improved bottom-line benefits to their organizations.
Do you have the right strategy that improves productivity, keeps your corporate information secure, and protects you from liability?
The United States is a nation of supposed capitalists, but it is easy to be a businessman; we need inventors to take over the capitalist world again.
Terms like “innovative” and “well-engineered” shouldn’t be limited to referring only to iPads and airplanes. Small components – such as bearings and tolerance rings – are integral to successful product development and should be recognized for – and held to – high standards for performance and durability.
In emergency response planning, the three most important things are training, training, and more training.
Police and fire officers are not the first responders; they are the official responders. You and your employees are the first responders.
Is the IP Bogeyman under your bed, or in plain sight?
If foreign engineers are well-educated and less-expensive, does that give these countries a competitive advantage? Not necessarily.
The industry is experiencing a growing need for sensors, switches, and devices that monitor the surrounding environment.
A good technological solution can make a significant impact on business operations. A great technological solution can transform the way a company does business.
A facility full of underpaid and underinsured workers does little to guard the food supply against adulteration.
I simply don’t buy the idea that it’s impossible to make electronics in America at a competitive price.
Like advanced technology vehicles and solid-state lighting, transflective displays entail a higher upfront cost for long-term savings.
Aggressively investigating “what if” scenarios for a global supply chain doesn’t just make it less vulnerable to risk.
It seems like the closer technology intends to bring us together, the farther it actually drives us apart.
Let’s face it: Time cleaning your process equipment is time spent not making your product.
I’m an enthusiastic user of information automation, but it’s not so interwoven into my life that I would think that “going to the floor” could imply such third-order observation as staring at a computer screen.