Going the Distance: Solving 'Last-Meter' Connectivity on the Shop Floor

By Al Bredenberg

Getting data from manufacturing machinery and tying it to enterprise systems allows organizations to get production insights. Doing this for disparate, legacy machines has been a conundrum, but the MTConnect protocol is a promising answer. [Read More...]

Analytics Technologies Drive Transformation in Workforce Management

By Al Bredenberg

Experts are saying Big Data and predictive analytics will be game-changing for human resources professionals looking to become more strategic for their organizations. [Read More...]

Manufacturing Finds Its Way Into the Cloud

By Al Bredenberg

Manufacturers, after dabbling in management and finance applications in the cloud, are now becoming more comfortable getting off-premise with manufacturing operations IT. [Read More...]

Collaboration Network Solves Problems in Shop-Floor Integration

By Al Bredenberg

Okuma, a CNC machinery maker, established Partners in THINC to include competing suppliers of shop-floor productivity solutions. This seemingly unconventional move spurs open-platform development while reinforcing Okuma as a problem-solver for its customers. [Read More...]

New Complexities in Enterprise IT Call for Context-Aware Security

By Al Bredenberg

A new generation of firewalls, web security gateways, and intrusion-detection and intrusion-prevention systems that include contextual capabilities is coming onto the market. Simply put, they are able to analyze "the who, the what, the where, and the how" when it comes to enterprise users and threats. [Read More...]

GM Pursues IT Insourcing for Better Alignment and Economics

By Al Bredenberg

General Motors is nearing completion of its groundbreaking effort to bring its U.S. IT resources in-house, in an initiative that is expected to reduce costs and bring IT operations in closer alignment with the business. [Read More...]

Manufacturing Innovation Institute Will Build "Digital Commons"

By Al Bredenberg

The first project of the recently unveiled Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute is the creation of the Digital Manufacturing Commons. It is an open-source collaboration tool that will bring design and manufacturing partners together more easily. [Read More...]

Technology Is Providing Real-Time Supply Chain Visibility, but What's Next?

By Al Bredenberg

Businesses are starting to take advantage of real-time logistics visibility, such as traffic avoidance and delivery resequencing. But that's the tip of the iceberg of possibilities being dreamed by the convergence of Big Data, predictive analytics, wearable computing, and the Internet of Things. [Read More...]

Model-Based Systems Engineering: Beyond Spreadsheets

By Shawn Wasserman

The growing complexity of subsystems within products will spur evolution from document-based systems engineering to the model-based approach. MBSE software will ease integrated, concurrent development of mechanical function, embedded electronics, etc, in the product design cycle. [Read More...]

Persistent Security Threats Push Organizations to Continuous Vulnerability Monitoring

By Al Bredenberg

Vulnerability management is a fact of life for business organizations. Companies have to monitor the behavior of its people, but cloud computing and mobile devices are introducing threats that need to be mitigated. [Read More...]

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