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HP: Most IoT Devices Lack Security, Open To Attack

July 31, 2014 3:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

A recent study from Hewlett-Packard reveals that 70 percent of Internet of Things (IoT) devices — including sensors and connected infrastructure — are seriously vulnerable to attack. The Internet of Things State of the Union Study from HP’s Fortify on Demand division came ...

Four Manufacturing Software Applications That Support Operational Agility

June 27, 2014 11:54 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

When it comes to increased agility, it’s hard to argue there’s such a thing as too fast, and...

Philips, Salesforce Cooperating On Medical Platform

June 27, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Philips is a major maker of medical devices and medical information systems, while San Francisco...

The IoT Uplink, Ep. 2: How Secure Are Our 14 Billion Connected Devices?

June 26, 2014 10:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode examines the growing concerns manufacturers face in keeping connected devices...

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Tap Into The Data Dividend To Compete In The Age Of IoT

June 24, 2014 3:51 pm | by Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft | Blogs | Comments

With the rise of these connected operations, manufacturing executives are not only finding new ways to automate and create efficiency, they are also focusing on a big new opportunity for revenue growth: services.                

Oracle To Buy Micros Systems For About $5.3B

June 23, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Software maker Oracle is buying Micros Systems Inc., which provides software and hardware to the hospitality and retail industries, for about $5.3 billion.                 

Supreme Court Tosses Software Patent

June 20, 2014 8:50 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out an Australian company's patent for business software in a decision that clarifies standards for awarding patents, but not as much as some firms had hoped.          

Advertisement Rewind: Workers Kill CEO; Chinese Spyware Phone

June 19, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from Indian factory workers killing the CEO over a dispute about work hours to a Chinese-made phone that comes with spyware.          

Report: Chinese Smartphone Comes Preloaded With Spyware

June 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Raphael Satter and Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday.                 

5 Trends Expected At E3

June 9, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of becoming The Next Big Thing.                  

3 Misconceptions That Keep Small Manufacturers From Embracing New Technology

June 5, 2014 3:50 pm | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact | Articles | Comments

Many small manufacturers believe that business technology is something for larger companies only — it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. This simply isn’t true.              

Why You Can’t Afford To Not Integrate PLM Into Supply Chain Orchestration

June 5, 2014 10:11 am | by Hari Menon, CEO, Serus | Articles | Comments

With the increasing frequency of product recalls and production delays, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that these have become an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence of today’s outsourcing practices. But think again: they should be unacceptable to any manufacturing executive. After all, do you want to be the next Apple or another GM footing the bill for a recall?


Siemens Donates $2B In Software To Va. Colleges

June 5, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Siemens, based in Germany, is donating the same software the company and its clients use in the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical device, electronics, shipbuilding and apparel industries.            

Samsung To Sell First Tizen Phone In 3Q

June 3, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Samsung said it will begin selling a smartphone that runs on its Tizen operating system in the third quarter of this year, advancing the company's plans to reduce dependence on Google's Android software.            

Boeing Buys AerData

May 27, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

Boeing said Tuesday that it bought airplane software company AerData Group to offer its customers a way to manage maintenance records.                    

Boeing Buys Fuel-Saving Software Maker

May 23, 2014 8:49 am | News | Comments

The Boeing Co. said Friday that it has agreed to buy British aviation software maker ETS Aviation to offer its customers a way to manage how much fuel it uses.               

Germany Clamps Down On Spy Tech Exports

May 20, 2014 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel says the move is designed to prevent spy software 'Made in Germany' from being used for internal repression by autocratic regimes.               


The Sudden Death Of Windows XP

May 19, 2014 4:15 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

The whole episode has occasioned some thoughts on planned obsolescence, and how different computer technology is from other kinds of technology.                        

GM Recalls Another 2.7M Vehicles

May 15, 2014 7:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors recalled another 2.7 million cars Thursday, sending the company's total of recalled vehicles in the U.S. this year above 11 million and putting the auto industry on track to set a record for recalls in 2014.           

Oracle Wants Court To Reinstate $1.3B SAP Verdict

May 13, 2014 8:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Business software maker Oracle Corp. is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate a $1.3 billion jury verdict against SAP for copyright infringement.                  

10 Tips for Successful ERP implementation

May 9, 2014 5:49 pm | Videos | Comments

While there are numerous outlets offering thoughts and guidance on ERP implementation, Columbus offers this definitive list focused on time-tested approaches that they feel can help an enterprise save time, cut costs and ensure all goals are met.

How IoT Continues To Transform The Industrial Sector

May 8, 2014 10:54 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things has already been a positive disruption for U.S. manufacturing, and a number of indicators show that we’re just getting started.                                     

Are Manufacturers Stuck In The 20th Century?

May 7, 2014 2:59 pm | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon | Articles | Comments

With a variety of automated Environmental Management Information Systems (EMIS) to help track and report environmental, health and safety (EH&S) requirements, it’s surprising that a majority of companies are maintaining existing paper and spreadsheet-based compliance programs. 

Building The Industrial Cloud

April 29, 2014 4:00 pm | by Moxa America | Articles | Comments

Until the lack of specialized platforms is overcome, the building of IoT clouds for industries like traffic management or the smart grid will continue to be delayed.               

Court Won't Hear Microsoft Antitrust Case

April 28, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has declined to take up software maker Novell Inc.'s appeal in a long-running antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.                      

Wrenching In The Cloud

April 24, 2014 12:44 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Senior Director, Industry Marketing, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Several factors have been instrumental in driving innovation at MountzPro, launched in 2011. One, it leverages Mountz Torque’s decades of experience in delivering ISO accredited torque tool solutions for manufacturing and industrial applications, including aerospace, electronics, energy, medical, packaging and more.

5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Work Flow

April 11, 2014 2:22 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

We discuss how using technology that exists today can improve workflow on the shop floor by giving employees access to the data they need to do their jobs without a cumbersome process of multiple logins and credentials.          

Physicist Wins $1.3M Prize For Data Storage

April 9, 2014 12:30 pm | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

British-American physicist Stuart Parkin won the $1.3 million Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks.            

New Technology Unwraps Mummies' Mysteries

April 9, 2014 10:23 am | by Jill Lawless, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, internal organs — and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers.           

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