Automation and digitization have transformed manufacturing, opening the door for small manufacturers, as well as big players, to improve processes, increase efficiency and drive profits. The fact is, we are very much in the middle of what people are calling the third industrial revolution—Digital Manufacturing. Here’s a look at some of the industry trends.
From researchers working to beat cancer to city planners, almost every sector of society has been transformed by the ability to capture, analyze and learn from data.
In the era of big data, the question for those in business is what data they need and how to capture it. News headlines are often dominated by the ways in which companies capture consumer data, but this is only part of the story. Different teams and divisions in a company need to be proactive in determining how they capture and utilize data for their own purposes.
Who hasn’t walked by a co-worker who was looking through photos on Instagram on their phone or reading Facebook comments on their computer? It can be maddening for managers to try and control the use of social media in the workplace. But far from being a source of frustration, consumer apps that people use for social or recreational reasons have features that can greatly benefit an organization looking to develop their own, enterprise-level apps for internal use.
You know the old saying, that the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing?
Chances are at some point in your career, working across teams or on a project, you found that this old truism isn’t so much of an exception, but the rule as to how businesses are run.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. With the right technology, companies can make a small fix that makes a big difference.
For an example of this, let’s go to Uruguay and visit the Forestadora y Maderera del Norte sawmill.
In 2009, Apple ran a series of commercials that put the phrase “There’s an app for that” in the minds of millions of Americans. Almost a decade later, there are even more apps that do even more specific tasks. But while there are apps that can tell you in a pirate’s voice where you parked or prevent you from drunk-dialing an ex, many need apps that are so specific and customized that they have to develop them. This is particularly true with departments or teams operating inside of a business or organization.