This week's round up shares many interesting advancements within manufacturing and technology. I chose the word interesting wisely here, not only due to the variety of content, but because each article proves to spark the reader's curiousity, making us think in new light; thought-provoking and fasinating. Included you will find discussions on the clean energy manufacturing movement, the brains at MIT being a step ahead of the rest of us, and the top trends that will drastically effect our lives within the next decade. I've even thrown in slice of outside opinion on the debate of tax reform.
Closing a significant new customer or a number of smaller customers can be the game changer that moves a company forward on a new trajectory. However, while this growth is exciting, it may also be a bit intimidating, especially for smaller players in the market. If management isn’t vigilant and proactive, new challenges such as balancing higher volumes with quality specifications can quickly become serious concerns.
In a very short amount of time, the quality management software market has matured. Vendors have gone from offering targeted solutions for targeted problems to delivering packaged suites with considerably strong out of the box functionalities. This is a significant step forward, as companies have traditionally used disconnected manual and paper-based processes to monitor and improve operations.
To effectively provide high quality products, quality management has to become part of each employee’s everyday thought process. Market leading companies can easily attest to the operational, branding, and bottom line benefits of this approach. However, adopting an enterprise-wide how will this decision affect and improve quality mentality is far more difficult than just sending out a memo. It has to be strategically implemented into an organization’s culture over time.
Disappearing are the days of large investments and lengthy implementation times for manufacturing applications. As we mentioned in our previous blog on the Digital Revolution, major changes in the industry charged by Information Technology in the last few decades are quickly moving onto web-based systems.