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Manufacturing Leadership Awards Deadline Extended

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards has been extended to December 12, 2014. “We wanted to give manufacturers ample time to prepare their nominations for this year’s ML Awards program, which we expect to be …
The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards has been extended to December 12, 2014. “We wanted to give manufacturers ample time to prepar… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/manufacturing-leadership-awards-deadline-extended/

CIO Impact Awards Nominations Are Now Open

Is your company achieving breakthrough results by leveraging trending information technologies such as big data and advanced analytics, mobility, and social networking? If so, you can receive global recognition as an IT leader by submitting a CIO Impact A…
Popular Discussions Is your company achieving breakthrough results by leveraging trending information technologies such as big data and advanced analytics, mobility, and social … http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/cio-impact-awards-nominations-are-now-open/

Manufacturing Leadership Awards Open, with New Big Data, Mobility, and Internet of Things Categories

The Manufacturing Leadership Community (MLC) has opened nominations for the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards, adding significant enhancements to the ML Awards program, including new award categories for manufacturers that are transforming their busin…
The Manufacturing Leadership Community (MLC) has opened nominations for the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards, adding  significant enhancements to the ML Awards program, includ… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/manufacturing-leadership-awards-open-new-big-data-mobility-and-internet-things-categories/

New Generation of Robots Will Force Cultural Change

A new generation of smart, mobile, autonomous, and relatively inexpensive robots is about to hit the manufacturing plant floor and supply chain. These include telepresence robots that let supervisors and engineers thousands of miles away see what’s going …
Popular Discussions A new generation of smart, mobile, autonomous, and relatively inexpensive robots is about to hit the manufacturing plant floor and supply chain. These includ… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/new-generation-robots-will-force-cultural-change/

Manufacturing Convergence: Say Hello to Google and Amazon

In an earlier phase of my career, covering Silicon Valley and the rise of the tech industry, I used to write a lot about what we called “convergence.” What we meant by the term was the melding of voice and data networks and computing infrastructure. The c…
In an earlier phase of my career, covering Silicon Valley and the rise of the tech industry, I used to write a lot about what we called “convergence.” What we meant by the term wa… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/manufacturing-convergence-say-hello-google-and-amazon/

Top Three Predictions for Manufacturers in 2014

The past several years have been great for the manufacturing industry. One might even argue stellar is an appropriate adjective. Growth is up, investment in expansion is booming, and plant optimization levels appear to be increasing worldwide, at least in…
The past several years have been great for the manufacturing industry. One might even argue stellar is an appropriate adjective. Growth is up, investment in expansion is booming, … http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/top-three-predictions-manufacturers-2014/

Employees and the Limits of the 'Always-On' Work Culture

In a poll that Manufacturing Executive and the Manufacturing Leadership Council conducted this year, we asked executives to share their views on how employees are dealing with mobility at work--including how the introduction of mobile devices, new apps, a…
In a poll that Manufacturing Executive and the Manufacturing Leadership Council conducted this year, we asked executives to share their views on how employees are dealing with mob… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/employees-and-limits-always-work-culture/

Cloud-Enabled, Kandy-Kolored, Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby

Bill Ford is the great-grandson of Henry Ford and currently the executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. But he is also apparently Ford’s Chief Worrying Officer (CWO). The 55-year-old Ford worries about how his company’s products are impacting the environmen…
Bill Ford is the great-grandson of Henry Ford and currently the executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. But he is also apparently Ford’s Chief Worrying Officer (CWO). The 55… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/cloud-enabled-kandy-kolored-tangerine-flake-streamline-baby/

Reflections on Facebook: Is Privacy the Next Big Thing?

I'm often asked to give people an idea of what's ahead, what's around the corner, so to speak, based on my understanding of the key social, economic, business, and technology trends shaping our industry. The stock answer is usually some combination of fa…
I'm often asked to give people an idea of what's ahead, what's around the corner, so to speak, based on my understanding of the key social, economic, business, and technology tren… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/reflections-facebook-privacy-next-big-thing/

Staking a Claim on Innovation Leadership

Can a company that has pursued a strategy based on acquisitions, efficiency, and sales-driven customer retention flip a switch and suddenly start competing successfully as an industry innovator? I found myself pondering this question after spending a coup…
Can a company that has pursued a strategy based on acquisitions, efficiency, and sales-driven customer retention flip a switch and suddenly start competing successfully as an indu… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/staking-claim-innovation-leadership/

The Global View: The Changing Chinese Worker

Have the expectations and attitudes of the average worker in China changed during the past 10 years? This question was asked of a panel on which I spoke recently at UCLA’s Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference. It is an interesting and fundament…
Have the expectations and attitudes of the average worker in China changed during the past 10 years? This question was asked of a panel on which I spoke recently at UCLA’s W… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/global-view-changing-chinese-worker/

Four IT Forces That Will Change The Way Manufacturers Work

Can a powerful combination of mobility, cloud computing, data analytics, and social business technologies create more collaborative, responsive, and adaptable manufacturing companies?
Can a powerful combination of mobility, cloud computing, data analytics, and social business technologies create more collaborative, responsive, and adaptable manufacturing compan… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/four-it-forces-will-change-way-manufacturers-work/

Innovation at the Core

For several years now, I’ve noticed a disconnect of sorts between manufacturers and the companies that provide the ERP and other software suites on which most businesses run. Increasingly, the software vendors like to talk about the innovations they are b…
For several years now, I’ve noticed a disconnect of sorts between manufacturers and the companies that provide the ERP and other software suites on which most businesses run… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/innovation-core/

Rethinking the Factory of the Future

Tomorrow's factories will focus on customer fulfillment, workforce engagement, and advanced technologies that speed up decision-making and transform production approaches.
Tomorrow's factories will focus on customer fulfillment, workforce engagement, and advanced technologies that speed up decision-making and transform production approaches. Form… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/rethinking-factory-future/

Must MES Be Mobile?

We are starting to see more ways to turn a manufacturing execution system into a mobile application.
We are starting to see more ways to turn a manufacturing execution system into a mobile application. Wondering if MES vendors will make mobility a capability in future ver… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/must-mes-be-mobile/

Manufacturing Will Be Number One in Generating the Most Mobile Enterprise App Sales

By 2016, manufacturing will generate 23% of the $5 billion that will spent on mobile enterprise applications worldwide. That will make manufacturing the world's biggest user of mobile apps, ahead of healthcare, according to a forecast recently published b…
By 2016, manufacturing will generate 23% of the $5 billion that will spent on mobile enterprise applications worldwide. That will make manufacturing the world's biggest user of mo… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/manufacturing-will-be-number-one-generating-most-mobile-ente/

Report: In 'Post-PC World,' Mobile Replaces Laptops

The digital age is entering the "post-PC world," according to new research from GlobalWebIndex (GWI) produced by Trendstream. PCs and laptops are being replaced by mobile handsets and tablets, as well as TV sets, as favorite go-to devices to access the In…
The digital age is entering the "post-PC world," according to new research from GlobalWebIndex (GWI) produced by Trendstream. PCs and laptops are being replaced by mobile handsets… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/report-post-pc-world-mobile-replaces-laptops/

Optimizing your eCommerce Site for Mobile

Mobile is marketing's most portable and accessible channel. It puts brands literally in the palm of their customers' hands. That's the good news. The bad news is that the lure of proximity marketing is often overshadowed by impatience.
Mobile is marketing's most portable and accessible channel. It puts brands literally in the palm of their customers' hands. That's the good news. The bad news is that the lur… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/optimizing-your-ecommerce-site-mobile/

Plant-Floor Security Must Be Taken Seriously

Disruptive malware, interconnected production systems, wireless applications, and new, networked devices all make the plant floor potentially more vulnerable to cyber-threats.
Disruptive malware, interconnected production systems, wireless applications, and new, networked devices all make the plant floor potentially more vulnerable to cyber-threats. Th… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/plant-floor-security-must-be-taken-seriously/

A Chat With SAP's Bill McDermott

After lunch on Friday, I took the E train in Manhattan to meet with Bill McDermott, the co-CEO of SAP, the world leader in enterprise application software.
After lunch on Friday, I took the E train in Manhattan to meet with Bill McDermott, the co-CEO of SAP, the world leader in enterprise application software. Friday was a brilliant … http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/chat-saps-bill-mcdermott/

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