Sustaining competitiveness in today's global economy is no easy task. Market leaders have to understand the past--what worked and what needs to be improved--while also looking to the future, predicting and preventing issues as well as taking advantage of the right opportunities.
This week, we came across several articles focused on driving competitiveness across manufacturing, quality, and sustainability. They're shared below. Please feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments section or to tweet to us @LNSResearch.
Consumers, companies, and financial investors have all been adapting their mindsets for some time when it comes to the idea sustainability. Consumers purchasing decisions have been altered by “green” consciousness, companies are interested in the S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and investors have been integrating sustainability into their portfolios. How do manufacturers begin to tackle sustainability within their operations? Smart companies are moving toward Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platforms to incorporate product development into sustainability initiatives. Doing so will not only allow for benefiting today’s production and gaining competitive advantage, but also in the future. Learn more.
In this Siemens article, Kerri Doyle also included the below clip of Jim Brown, Business Analyst and President of Tech-Clarity, Inc. Jim discussed the importance of an integrated platform approach to manage current and future sustainability demands.
The United States is the technological epicenter of the world, but we're not even among the top 25 most energy efficient countries.
Why? In this Wired Innovation Insights article, Gregg Dixon discusses how consumers may be baffled by the large selection of energy management vendors, the notion of energy as a fixed cost, consumers’ healthy fear of the unknown, lack of data analysis have aided such inefficiencies. Dixon sheds light on the emerging technology known as Energy Intelligence Software (EIS), which enables organizations to connect dollars to energy usage. In his view, there are three key components for an EIS solution: real-time data, actionable insights, and efficiency. Read more.
What is often overlooked by today’s companies is that quality management is as much about people and leadership—the culture—as it is about business processes and technology. So, what is stopping companies from investing in quality programs or change management consulting to make quality every employee’s responsibility? To dig deeper into this topic, we spoke with leading quality expert Subir Chowdhury, Chairman and CEO of ASI Consulting Group, LLC. Access this Executive Q&A.