Next-Gen Financial Analytics Drive Manufacturing Into Profitability

By Al Bredenberg

Data-driven manufacturing is generally being linked with equipment effectiveness, but it can also show a company whether what it is making is making money. It comes down to profit per hour. [Read More...]

Industrial Energy Management Drills Down to the Core

By Al Bredenberg

Core capital equipment, that is. Industry experts say smart meters and dedicated software provide the fine-grained resolution needed to correlate energy use with particular machinery and product manufacturing and make "direct-cost" adjustments. [Read More...]

AT&T Hops Aboard Next-Generation IT Infrastructure

By Al Bredenberg

AT&T's announcement of a move to cloud-based architecture for its network underscores the emergence of so-called NGI, or next-generation IT infrastructure, which encompasses open-source environments, software-defined networking, and cloud orchestration layers. [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

M2M Communication Is Prelude to "Smart" Manufacturing Systems

By Al Bredenberg

Manufacturers are already starting to take advantage of machine-to-machine communications, using gathered data analytics for predictive machine maintenance. The eventual pinnacle is completely automated plant floors that self-adjust to conditions, customize products, and optimize energy usage. [Read More...]

BYOD on the Factory Floor: A Boon or Trouble?

By Al Bredenberg

Bring-your-own-device is proliferating among floor personnel in factories, allowing them to monitor manufacturing processes on their personal devices. But with convenience and greater productivity comes security concerns and managing diverse operating systems. [Read More...]

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