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Technology

The Art and Science of Information Technology

Everyone knows that technology is important in business. Technology gives many companies their competitive edge, drives costs down, and enables exceptional customer service. When working in the information technology field, it is sometimes easy to forget that what we do is for the greater good of the business. Sometimes, we may find ourselves keeping the […]

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Technology

Why We Should Recognize Project Failures

I recently heard on NPR that scientists are starting to publish their studies that failed to replicate. This is unexpected, as scientists usually only share their successfully replicated studies.  In the scientific method, a study is verified when it can be replicated by another research team. So, it was surprising when they found that “two-thirds […]

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Manufacturing Execution Systems

I have a Manufacturing Execution System, now what?

  Your company has implemented a Manufacturing Execution System or they have had one for a long time. What do you do now? Many companies use Manufacturing Execution Systems implementations as a catalyst for change. Implementing a MES forces people to think about how their plant runs and how it can be optimized. Whether there […]

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Technology

Digital Transformation, just another Fad?

The term “Digital Transformation” creates an imagery of seamless processes and endlessly connected devices. Data transfers without hesitation between machines and business is booming. Digital Transformation is no daydream. Digital Transformation is the changes to society affected and pushed by digital technology. It is the mash-up of cloud services, Big Data, mobility, and social media […]

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Technology

3 Questions to Ask before Deploying MES Cloud Apps

You are a CIO recently hired by a mid-size manufacturing company that produces widgets. The company hired you to help guide them to implement a Manufacturing Execution System. At first, you thought this would be a relatively easy decision, so you put out a RFQ (request for quote) and see which of the on-premises, traditional vendors […]

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Culture Technology

IT & Manufacturing – It’s a Woman’s Game

This post is inspired by the article, “Women’s Work: A Glimpse at the Changing Face of Manufacturing”. Reading this post made me think about how I found myself in the world of manufacturing. After reading the article, I believe it really does mean something different to be a woman in the field. I don’t work in a factory every day or […]