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Which business technologies will lead the way in 2014? From mobility to big data analytics, additive manufacturing, cloud and SaaS, augmented reality, and more, this article dives into the most important ones. Join the conversation by tweeting the hashtag #BizTech14.
This week’s roundup is a recap of World Quality Month 2013 [#WQM13]. World Quality Month, created by ASQ, is a time to promote the use of quality tools within businesses and communities. During the 30 days of November, we acknowledged the efforts and accomplishments that have been made in quality and the individuals who are the driving force behind them. World Quality Month calls on people to share their experiences and successes in order to illustrate the value of quality principals and advancements throughout this space.
LNS Research was pleased to be among the 80-100 attendees at the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation’s conference focusing on Big Data earlier this month near our offices in Cambridge, MA. The event was sponsored by MIT and Accenture, and featured MIT faculty speakers as well as those from Accenture and mining and electronics companies.
When it comes to today’s manufacturing businesses, most of the low-hanging fruit in improving traditional processes or legacy systems has been picked. Many of these improvements involve leveraging cutting-edge technology to its fullest, as well as defining common goals and aligning processes across multiple plants and business units in order to meet enterprise-level goals.
The future of communication and networking are very much on our minds this week as we examine how the interconnected world is rapidly affecting the status quo in leadership and business operations.
If you’ve been paying any attention to the consumer electronics space over the past few months, you know about the much anticipated releases of Microsoft’s and Sony’s next-generation gaming consoles. Striking the market earlier than Microsoft – and potentially prematurely – Sony’s million-unit PlayStation 4 launch last week came with a number of challenges, some of which may be attributable to its new product introduction (NPI) process.
An enterprise software implementation is nothing to take lightly. Just ask anyone who’s gone through a failed one. Not only are reputations and future budgets at risk, most importantly these investments can actually enable or limit long-term improvements to business performance. Plain and simple, there’s a lot on the line and you’ve got to get it right the first time. Fortunately, well before even seeing a software demo, properly researching solutions providers can mitigate a majority of risk factors and position your investments for success.
Manufacturing companies are looking for any advantage to remain competitive in today's fierce, global market with diverse supply chains and increasing customer scrutiny and expectations. Many have decided to implement Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software solutions, either through full, comprehensive packages commonly offered by vendors, or by taking a modular approach, weaving in Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) software and Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI)/Operations Intelligence (OI) capabilities to ensure consistently efficient operations and to manage performance in real time.
Often spurred forward by technological advances, improvements in efficiency and quality really can be seen almost anywhere, even in a high school classroom.
Over the past six weeks, we’ve learned a lot about what challenges manufacturers face in measuring and optimizing business performance. And we’ve gained valuable insight into which metrics, technologies, and processes are driving the most value for organizations today. We’d like to thank everyone who has given us their thoughts and opinions so far through participating in the Metrics that Matter survey.
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