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Will Google Stoke 'Made in the USA' Fever?

Google made a bold move with its Nexus Q home entertainment hub, announced this week at the company’s developers’ conference. The entertainment hub, which streams music and videos to a television à la Apple TV, Roku, and others, was designed and manufactu…
Google made a bold move with its Nexus Q home entertainment hub, announced this week at the company’s developers’ conference. The entertainment hub, which streams… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/will-google-stoke-made-usa-fever/

The Implementation Deficit: 2012 Corporate Strategy Priorities Survey Results

Strategists continue to struggle with many of the perennial issues they identified in the 2011 survey—developing effective implementation plans and aligning corporate and financial objectives. In regards to implementation, the focus is on developing an ef…
Strategists continue to struggle with many of the perennial issues they identified in the 2011 survey—developing effective implementation plans and aligning corporate and fi… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/implementation-deficit-2012-corporate-strategy-priorities-survey-results2/

Six Sigma in Decline?

Recently I came across an interesting blog by an engineering manager and Six Sigma black belt who suggested that, for a variety of reasons, interest in Six Sigma continuous improvement methods among manufacturing companies is waning.
Recently I came across an interesting blog by an engineering manager and Six Sigma black belt who suggested that, for a variety of reasons, interest in Six Sigma continuous improv… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/six-sigma-decline/

The Story of Effective M&A: 2012 Corporate Development Priorities

It comes as no surprise to learn that corporate development executives are focusing on the challenges associated with M&A. Specifically, respondents’ face challenges with early-stage M&A activities such as aligning acquisition strategy with the corporate …
It comes as no surprise to learn that corporate development executives are focusing on the challenges associated with M&A. Specifically, respondents’ face challenges wit… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/story-effective-m-2012-corporate-development-priorities8/

Riots Hit Chinese Manufacturing Hub: Is Your Production At Risk?

Reports are emerging of street riots this week in China’s Guangdong province, often known as the ‘world’s factory floor’ due to its intense concentration of manufacturing plants and companies.
Reports are emerging of street riots this week in China’s Guangdong province, often known as the ‘world’s factory floor’ due to its intense concentration o… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/riots-hit-chinese-manufacturing-hub-your-production-risk/

Welcome Eric Jogun, Director of Manufacturing at FONA to the Manufacturing Leadership Council

Eric Jogun has been in the Food and Ingredient manufacturing management for over 23 years.
Eric Jogun has been in the Food and Ingredient manufacturing management for over 23 years. In his current role with FONA International, Inc. he is responsible formanufacturing, sh… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/welcome-eric-jogun-director-manufacturing-fona-manufacturing/

Welcome Cindy Reese, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations at Oracle to the Manufacturing Leadership Council

Cindy Reese is Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations.
Cindy Reese is Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations. Ms. Reese joined Oracle in 2010, when the company acquired Sun. Before that, Ms. Reese was with Sun for more than 10 ye… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/welcome-cindy-reese-senior-vice-president-worldwide-operatio/

Microsoft Buys Yammer, and Manufacturers Should Take Notice

Microsoft's agreement yesterday to buy the four-year-old social networking software maker Yammer for $1.2 billion has turned up the spotlight on the idea of the social enterprise--a force that is coming your way faster than you may think. The idea of the…
Microsoft's agreement yesterday to buy the four-year-old social networking software maker Yammer for $1.2 billion has turned up the spotlight on the idea of the social enterprise-… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/microsoft-buys-yammer-and-manufacturers-should-take-notice/

Keep Your Eye on Logistics Costs

Manufacturers face an uphill battle these days as they try to fill hundreds of thousands of open positions across the country—for machinists, engineers, maintenance personnel, and others. And despite the sluggish economy, they’re not the only ones struggl…
Manufacturers face an uphill battle these days as they try to fill hundreds of thousands of open positions across the country—for machinists, engineers, maintenance personne… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/keep-your-eye-logistics-costs/

2012 Americas R&D/Innovation and Product Development Priorities Survey: From Portfolio Management to Open Innovation

Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Team Membership™ (GTM) recently completed its 2012 survey of R&D/Innovation and product development executives in North and South America. The executives were asked to identify their most pressing challenges for 2012. GTM will fo…
Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Team Membership™ (GTM) recently completed its 2012 survey of R&D/Innovation and product development executives in North and South America. The ex… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/2012-americas-rdinnovation-and-product-development-prioritie3/

Will the Cloud Redefine Manufacturing Intelligence?

To compete in today’s complex and fast-paced business environment, manufacturers need to reinforce and share their business-process rigor and operational excellence along the value chain, and seek to create higher degrees of business speed and decision-ma…
New research shows that large manufacturers now recognize that the cloud can help them combine competitive intelligence from across their value chains, factories, and people. B… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/will-cloud-redefine-manufacturing-intelligence/

The Best Countries for Innovation: A Fascinating View with a Few Surprises

As part of its Ideas Rountable, The Atlantic recently published the Innovation Barometer 2012, a GE-sponsored survey of 2,800 business executives from around the world. The resulting infographic on innovation provides a fascinating comparison of the diffe…
As part of its Ideas Rountable, The Atlantic recently published the Innovation Barometer 2012, a GE-sponsored survey of 2,800 business executives from around the world. The result… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/best-countries-innovation-fascinating-view-few-surprises/

BYOD Surges Despite Security Doubts

Employees are rushing to use their own smart phones and other mobile devices for business purposes, even though in many cases their companies don't yet condone it and even though the employees themselves harbor concerns about security problems that such b…
Employees are rushing to use their own smart phones and other mobile devices for business purposes, even though in many cases their companies don't yet condone it and even though … http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/byod-surges-despite-security-doubts/

Better Communication, Better Business

One of my roles in my household is mediator between my son and husband. Like many a father and son, they are so much alike that sparks fly on a fairly regular basis. Not surprisingly, nine times out ten, their frustrations stem from a lack of communicatio…
One of my roles in my household is mediator between my son and husband. Like many a father and son, they are so much alike that sparks fly on a fairly regular basis. Not surprisin… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/better-communication-better-business1/

2012 European R&D/Innovation and Product Development Priorities Survey: Open Innovation for Idea Generation

Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Team Membership™ (GTM) recently completed its 2012 survey of R&D/innovation and product development executives throughout Europe. The executives were asked to identify their most pressing challenges for 2012.
Popular Blogs Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Team Membership™ (GTM) recently completed its 2012 survey of R&D/innovation and product development executives throug… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/2012-european-rdinnovation-and-product-development-prioritie2/

Managing Resources and Idea Generation: 2012 Asia Pacific R&D Priorities Survey Results

The survey reveals that R&D executives in Asia Pacific are focused on challenges surrounding two topics: (1) managing the product portfolio and (2) integrating inputs from an array of sources outside of R&D. In regards to the first topic, R&D executives a…
The survey reveals that R&D executives in Asia Pacific are focused on challenges surrounding two topics: (1) managing the product portfolio and (2) integrating inputs from an … http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/blog/managing-resources-and-idea-generation-2012-asia-pacific-rd/

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/

Leadership: How Do You Define and Measure It?

During a teleconference meeting of the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Next-Generation Leadership discussion group this week, members noted that strong leadership is consistently one of the most important factors determining the productivity and effect…
During a teleconference meeting of the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Next-Generation Leadership discussion group this week, members noted that strong leadership is consistent… http://wsww.manufacturing-executive.com/discussion/leadership-how-do-you-define-and-measure-it/

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