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Technology

Integration Testing – What to do when Things go Bad

It is the first day testing three different systems together. There is excitement in the air in anticipation to see data flow from one system to the next. The scheduled timeline is filled out, the plan is in place, test data has been created, and those involved are ready to go. You are the team […]

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Technology

5 Clues your MES is “at Home” in the Plant

It’s first thing in the morning, coffee in hand. You step out onto to plant floor to start up the production line. Machines hum in the background, workstation monitors displaying work instructions glow down the line, and the first order of the day has been loaded into the manufacturing execution system (MES). 5 Clues that your MES […]

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Remote Work

3 Rules for Working on a Remote Team

In my years working on IT projects, I went from seeing my coworkers in the office every day to working from home. Now, we instant message or call each other daily to catch up on the day’s goals or work through a problem instead of walking over to each other’s cubicle. Open conversations, trust, and effectively […]

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Technology

Are we experiencing a Manufacturing Execution System Revolution?

Thanks to the explosion of possibilities brought to us by the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, and the Digital Thread, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) now have options. Since the 1980’s, Manufacturing Execution Systems were implemented with in-house development teams and custom enterprise software. They were hosted on local servers in the plant. With Industry 4.0, we […]

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Business Technology

5 Steps to a Successful Conference Room Pilot

Conference Room Pilots (CRPs) are a great way to give end users hands-on time with a system or new software before it is fully developed. CRPs are often used in information system implementations, such as Manufacturing Execution Systems because it gives users an idea of how the new software will work. This provides many benefits such as […]

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Lifestyle

How I became Lilyotron

I got the nickname Lilyotron in high school when my brother made fun of me being a nerd. I enjoyed playing around with HTML and thought it was so cool when I figured out how to create a hosted website (remember GeoCities?). Instead of getting upset at my little brother I embraced it and made the […]