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5 Ways Manufacturers Can Take Advantage of the Industrial Internet

Manufacturing and the Industrial Internet

Big data is not just for predicting election outcomes and mapping genomes. More and more predictive analytics and related technologies are able to help manufacturers boost performance, streamline processes and better compete in the global marketplace. Here we profile five ways manufacturers can use these technologies.

History of Manufacturing Software

ERP Leaders

Manufacturing was one of the first industries to support commercial software. And developments in the evolution of manufacturing software led to the software class known as enterprise resource planning (ERP). This post looks at the history of manufacturing software as well as important people, places and events.

What Can be ‘Made in the USA’?

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Manufacturing in the United States is mounting an unlikely comeback. This year, manufacturing is expected to outpace growth of the overall economy. One part of this trend is the fact that more businesses are deciding to produce domestically. Why is this happening, and how can we continue the momentum?

3 Manufacturing Apps Taking Advantage of Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Procurement clouds

The emergence of platforms-as-a-service (PaaS) for the manufacturing sector is creating new possibilities in the way manufacturing applications are developed, distributed and consumed. PaaS lowers barriers to entry for third-party developers to create applications that tackle specific manufacturing problems.

Manufacturers, Listen Up: 5 Tips to Convert Your Web Traffic


Manufacturers have long depended on traditional marketing tactics — cold calling, word-of-mouth, print catalogs and trade shows, among others — to find sales leads. These are still effective ways to sell in the industrial world. But the times, they are a-changin’. Today, manufacturers need an effective website as well.

Should You Become a Manufacturer? Yes, You Should

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The next manufacturing revolution has begun–and it’s being led by individuals, not multinational corporations. This manufacturing revolution is about empowering individuals with the same types of manufacturing capabilities that were once only available to large corporations. It’s about democratizing manufacturing.

Three Ways to Overcome the Manufacturing Skills Gap


A recent Deloitte report estimated that as many as 600,000 jobs U.S. manufacturing jobs are unfilled. Why? There’s a skills mismatch in the manufacturing industry. With unemployment sitting at 8.3 percent, this is cause for concern. Whatever the causes, we now need to work together as a nation to overcome the skills deficit.

Three Ways to Bring Crowdsourcing into Mainstream Manufacturing

Crowdsourcing in Manufacturing Industry

Marc Halpern, Vice President of Gartner Manufacturing Industry Advisory Service, recently suggested that crowdsourcing could fix manufacturing. I caught up with Halpern to learn how crowdsourcing might work in the manufacturing industry, and what needs to happen to before it can gain widespread acceptance.

How Manufacturers Can Use Social Media to Win Business

Social Media in Manufacturing

In an industry that relies heavily on word-of-mouth to acquire business, social media tools can help contract manufacturers and job shops stand out from the noise and gain a competitive advantage on a global scale to win new customers. In this article, I discuss how manufacturers should get started with social media.

The Benefits of Activity Streams in Manufacturing UIs

Manufacturing Activity Streams

Twitter and Facebook-like activity streams are making their way into manufacturing software. These social collaboration tools have the potential to democratize manufacturing by increasing information-sharing across shop floors and supply chains. Beyond that, these streams could revolutionize manufacturing software UIs.

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