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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...

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...

Q&A: How To Leverage The Web And Grow Your Business

April 8, 2014 10:31 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

Improving the profitability of your digital presence is a hot topic with distributors. Today we’...

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Supreme Court May Limit Software Patents

March 31, 2014 12:16 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court appears willing to make it tougher to approve patents for computer software in a case that is being closely watched by technology companies.                 

mcaConnect Helps Streamline Global Implementation of AX

March 31, 2014 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

In addition to bringing a number of new companies into the fold during an acquisition-fueled growth surge, GSE Environmental also saw their infrastructure balloon to include five different, unintegrated ERP systems. The one common trait amongst these platforms was an inefficient way of sharing new or recent data. In most cases GSE was dealing with a 30-day lag time for accessing key data sets.

Another Apple-Samsung Battle Heads To Court

March 31, 2014 8:22 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants that underscore a much larger concern about what is allowed to be patented.              

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BlackBerry Revenue Falls Below $1B

March 28, 2014 8:22 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry reported a dive in profit and revenue as the company transitions itself from a smartphone company to a software business.                       

Cisco Investing Over $1B In Cloud Computing

March 24, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

The move makes the San Jose, Calif.-based networking company the latest to enter an arena that caters to the growing number of companies that would rather rent computing space than build their own.            

Flight Simulators Used By Enthusiasts Worldwide

March 21, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

Simulators can range from software on a personal computer used as a hobby, to sophisticated full-motion simulators used for training and annual recertification for professional pilots.             

Ex-Microsoft Worker Accused Of Leaking Trade Secrets

March 20, 2014 2:09 pm | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors are accusing Alex A. Kibkalo of stealing trade secrets related to pre-release software updates for Windows 8 and Microsoft's "Activation Server Software Development Kit."             

Implementation Savings, Single Data Source Lead to Columbus & Dynamics AX

March 14, 2014 4:15 pm | Videos | Comments

Met-Pro was relying on multiple ERP platforms for analyzing data and assessing operations. As the company grew and evolved, it needed a single solution that provided better data visibility, allowing employees to see and understand how geographical, environmental or operational issues were impacting inventory levels, deliverability, etc. Targeting this type of access would also allow for more fluid responses and simplify changes.

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W.Va. Chem Spill Co. Plans To Demolish Tanks

March 13, 2014 8:22 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company at the center of a chemical spill into 300,000 West Virginians' drinking water submitted plans Wednesday to demolish its facility.                   

Where B2B, E-Commerce And Payments Intersect

March 10, 2014 10:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While B2B and B2C e-commerce buying may share a common shopping and check-out experience, the under-the-hood fundamentals are not the same — the ways that a company might implement the right features in each situation, while generating the highest return on investment (ROI) possible, depends, in many ways, upon those internal functions. And the prospect of making the right B2B decision still stumps many companies.

Could Open Source Be An Engine For The Internet Of Things?

March 4, 2014 12:13 pm | by Jeff Evans & Alain Louchez | Articles | Comments

Whether it is an innovation engine, or the actual level playing field (as argued during the above ITU conference), open source is growingly viewed as a credible game changer for IoT. The open source movement has progressively engulfed IoT, which did not have even have a name when Linus Torvalds released the source code for Linux in 1991.

Microsoft: Ex-Skype CEO, Marketing Officer Leaving

March 4, 2014 8:06 am | News | Comments

New CEO Satya Nadella announced the news in a blog post Monday. It's his first big move since he took over from outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer last month.                   

Gates Tops Forbes' Billionaire Rankings

March 3, 2014 2:01 pm | News | Comments

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is back on top of the list of the world's richest people after a four-year hiatus.                         

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Identifying The Best Manufacturing Operations Management Solutions

March 3, 2014 11:03 am | by Mark Davidson, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Navigating the complex landscape of expected process improvements, functional requirements, the realities of software capabilities, integration with your IT landscape and best practices can be quite daunting. What are some of the leading approaches being taken as part of these software selections and solution implementations?

Visibility, Structure Allow For Quicker Reaction, Improved Customer Service

February 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by Microsoft Dynamics | Videos | Comments

When Boa-Franc, a leading North American manufacturer of pre-finished hardwood floors, was looking to enhance its ERP and CRM software, it partnered with Edgewater Fullscope for help with Microsoft Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM.

Republicans Blast FDA Monitoring Of Whistleblowers

February 26, 2014 11:33 am | News | Comments

In a report published Tuesday, House Republicans say the FDA's computer surveillance may have overstepped federal laws designed to protect government whistleblowers. Using software that took rapid fire screen shots of employees' computers, the FDA picked up emails from the five whistleblowers to members of Congress.

'Designing' A Better Lead Time

February 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Reducing lead times in these scenarios can cut millions off the bottom line, but there’s too many concurrent pressures for many to do it effectively, and it's far too easy to get caught up in "chasing a ghost" — a potentially costly and damaging misstep.

5 Quick Questions: Putting Big Data To Work

February 24, 2014 12:36 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

I can’t tell you how rewarding it is when a company implements a plan and the light bulb goes on and they finally see how data can drive truly effective action. When data-based systems are installed, the implementation is too often considered successful once the data are flowing and people can get to the data.

Toyota Recalls 294,000 Vehicles

February 13, 2014 7:41 am | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the recall affects the RAV4 sport utility, Tacoma pickup and Lexus RX 350 luxury model, manufactured from March 2012 through December 2012. The Japanese automaker said the problem can cause stability control, anti-lock brakes and traction control to turn off, although standard braking will keep working.

Toyota Recalls 1.9M Prius Cars For Software Glitch

February 12, 2014 7:42 am | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said that 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, some 713,000 in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions are being recalled for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system. No accidents or injuries have been reported related to the problem.

Learn More ISO 55000 With Workshops

February 6, 2014 2:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Life Cycle Engineering, Inc. (LCE) has recently announced that it will offer three workshops on the International Standard for Asset Management (ISO 55000). These workshops will be offered through LCE’s training entity, the Life Cycle Institute, and aim to educate on how to align business objectives with a risk-based asset management strategy.

Why ERP Doesn’t Work, And Steps To Fix The Problem

February 5, 2014 2:18 pm | by Robert Byrne, CEO of Terra Technology | Articles | Comments

While a key enabler for the modern supply chain, ERP is often mistaken as the single universal solution to meet every need. Whether the result of over-aggressive vendors or self-imposed rationalization to justify the large investment, the outcome is the same: disappointment with supply chain functionality.

Nadella To Head Microsoft; Gates Leaves Chair Role

February 4, 2014 10:39 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet. Satya Nadella replaces Steve Ballmer immediately to become only the third chief executive in Microsoft's 38-year history.

Q&A: How Amazon Could Change 'B2B'

February 3, 2014 11:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Amazon Supply’s stated goal is “to provide earth’s largest, easiest-to-research, discover, and access selection of professional products required to support the maintenance, repair, operations, and project needs of business and professional customers.” And it's already creating disruption in the larger business-to-business buying ecosystem.

Where Will ERP Go In 2014?

January 31, 2014 9:53 am | by Ruth Raistrick, Head of Client Services, K3 Syspro | Articles | Comments

There are plenty of well-known predictions — like in all sorts of industries, adoption of cloud is likely to increase and mobilisation will come into its own. More generally, we’re going to see attitudes to innovations in ERP significantly impact the competitiveness of organisations, as those who resist change risk falling behind their competitors.

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