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Weighing the Environmental Impact of 3-D Printing

Weighing the Environmental Impact of 3-D Printing

From improved efficiency to more advanced fabrication possibilities, specialized 3-D printing sub-sectors are emerging that cater to an array of enterprise buyers with money to inject into the field. Machines can now produce materials with potential health applications, such as human cartilage,... »


Mr./Ms. Employee - Meet Your Robot Replacement

Mr./Ms. Employee – Meet Your Robot Replacement

For many of us trying to navigate the 21st Century, it's become sensible – healthy, even – to maintain a simmering, low-grade paranoia about the impending robot revolution. Advances in automation and robotics are impacting virtually every area of technology and industry. »


It's Difficult Getting Everyone on Same Page of Business Strategy - Especially Your Specialists

Every organization of significant size struggles with alignment. When you talk with CEOs, alignment is often the number one issue on their plate. Even organizations with as few as 25 employees often struggle with what seems like a simple problem: How do I get everyone on the same page? »


Innovation in Your Business Model May Be Indispensable Today

Today, with increased marketplace volatility and the rising diversity of attractive customer segments, business models age faster than ever before - making business model innovation an important strategy for driving value-creating growth. »


Get More Competitive With Your Supply Chain

Get More Competitive With Your Supply Chain

Supply chains are becoming more complex in order to support the increasingly diverse levels sizes and needs of new suppliers and customers. There are so many variables that can go into a single sale, like selling across multiple channels, delivering products directly versus delivering through drop... »


Gartner's User Survey Reveals Key Business Drivers

Chad Eschinger, research vice president with Gartner, reveals the results of the firm's annual survey of what’s driving companies to make changes in their supply chains, and which technologies they're employing to achieve that goal. »


CFOs - From Bean Counters to Change Agents

The corporate failures that led to the 2008 global market collapse and subsequent recession had an unexpected outcome. They raised the profile and mandate of the CFO, who was taken out of the silo of finance and tasked with implementing enterprise-wide initiatives to create transparency, boost... »


Establish Your Talent Acquisition Strategy in Manufacturing

Establish Your Talent Acquisition Strategy in Manufacturing

In the increasingly competitive world of manufacturing, there is one constant: talent is essential to business success. The right talent acquisition strategy and process – the ability to identify, assess, attract and retain the best talent – can significantly impact a company’s competitive... »


Breaking Into China Is Difficult for Smaller Companies, But States' Trade Offices Offer Some Help

Breaking Into China Is Difficult for Smaller Companies, But States' Trade Offices Offer Some Help

In China, intellectual-property rights are hard and costly to defend, especially for small and mid-sized companies. »


CIOs, IT Department Heads Give Advice on Cloud Deployments

Don't get too caught up in the cost savings of cloud computing and services. That's one of the comments of 16 CIOs and IT leaders interviewed about their public and private cloud deployments, usage trends, skills requirements, lingering obstacles and future plans. »


How Predictive Commerce Helped Costa Express Cope With Growth

"Predictive commerce" is a new concept that links customer demand data, planning and the execution of transportation. Pat Smith, general manager of ToolsGroup, tells how it was implemented at Costa Express, the U.K.'s fastest-growing coffee shop chain. »


Shared Services and Procurement Cost

Organizations often see shared services as a sure way of lowering procurement costs through consolidation. But is it that simple? Data from APQC's Open Standards Benchmarking in procurement provides valuable information on the potential effect of procurement shared services on procurement... »


Which Is More Appropriate for Your Company - Public Cloud or Private Cloud?

Which Is More Appropriate for Your Company – Public Cloud or Private Cloud?

When is it better to use a public cloud versus a managed hosting or collocation environment? A recent case study finds that if an organization is spending more than $7,644 in Amazon’s cloud each month, then it can be cheaper to operate a private cloud. »


Supply-Chain Overhaul at Marquis: A Case Study

Marquis, a specialist in energy and agricultural commodities, needed a new approach to supply-chain planning and optimization. Bart Pieper, director of business technology and integration, tells how the company found the right technology vendor for the job. »


Transformations in Manufacturing Lead to Future Smart Plants

Imagine if an enterprise in the United States was able to access vital product line information of a subsidiary plant in India or a crank shaft supplier being able to locate its component in an automobile across the globe or a machine being to self-assemble at the end destination. Technology... »


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