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The Everyday Usefulness of the Problem Statement

May 28, 2013 5:33 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Last week I wrote about how our continuous improvement and process improvement tools and methods can be used any time and discussed the Parameter Diagram or P-diagram as an example. Let’s continue that thread and look at the ubiquitous usefulness of the problem statement.

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“Cloud” Signals Dark Days for Software Buyers

May 28, 2013 9:49 am | by Christopher Warner, Editor, ECN | Comments

The software industry is now making its predictable push toward fully cloud-based business models and leaving customer preference in the dustbin. Earlier this month, Adobe decided it will discontinue its Creative Suite product line and replace it with its Adobe Creative Cloud, which is a full subscription service.

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Fire Human Resources

May 24, 2013 10:06 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

Management Consultant Dave Logan at CBS Moneywatch is warning companies to avoid falling in love with company policy. He talks about a company that wanted to hire a very disruptive genius. But HR said it wasn't possible because they had no job description for the function envisioned.

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The U.S. Market & Design for Test

May 23, 2013 4:10 pm | by W. Scott Fillebrown, President & CEO of ACD | Comments

Because many high-volume printed circuit assemblies are sent outside the United States, it is challenging to test the lower volume/high turnover assemblies domestically. But this does not need to be a problem — some simple planning and the right contract manufacturer (CM) can solve this issue.

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The Future of Google Glass

May 20, 2013 4:32 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

There has been a lot of talk about Google Glass lately, mostly due to the prototype debut, but one interesting aspect of that public viewing is that developers –outside of GoogleLand—can take a crack at coming up with interesting uses for the technology. By allowing new voices into the conversation, the world is seeing even more possibilities for Google Glass.

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‘Internet of Things’ — An Opportunity For Intelligent Device Manufacturers

April 30, 2013 10:36 am | by Steve Schmidt, Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy, Flexera Software | Comments

The “Internet of Things” is a phrase used to describe how the internet will link traditional smart devices, and a wide range of additional physical assets to allow these endpoints to generate and share data. Nearly every product will have an IP address and communication capability...

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How to Avoid the Cost and Security Pitfalls of M2M

April 29, 2013 11:29 am | by Dan Rudich, Senior Vice President, Tangoe | Comments

Over the last few years, we have seen explosive growth in the adoption of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology — the technology that enables automated wired or wireless communication between mechanical or electronic devices. In fact, predictions...

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Taking the B.S. Out of Bill Shock

April 25, 2013 10:19 am | by Martin Morgan, Marketing Manager, Openet | Comments

It seems that everywhere you look, there’s a story of a wireless subscriber opening up his or her monthly mobile bill and seeing numbers that would make most people’s jaws drop. This is the case of bill shock, the unwanted (but not uncommon) trend that continues to plague the mobile data-driven world...

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Smartphone Shakes

April 23, 2013 1:53 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

I recently attended a concert in Madison, WI. I placed my phone in my back pocket to avoid carrying a purse and to have it easily accessible when I wanted to update my status and snap a few photos. Unfortunately, after a visit to the facilities and a horrifying plop, I knew that I was in trouble. 

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The Earth is Eating People

April 9, 2013 9:47 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, WDD | Comments

I’m not sure if it was the first photos of the “freak geological incident” to surface, or news of the golfer who plummeted deep into an 18-foot cavern that has made it impossible for me to make it through a full night without living through vivid nightmares in which a sinkhole opens up beneath me and the earth pulls me into oblivion.

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Looking Forward on Ethernet's 40th Anniversary

April 2, 2013 8:31 am | by John D’Ambrosia, Chairman and Board of Directors, Ethernet Alliance Chief Ethernet Evangelist, CTO Office, Dell | Comments

Ethernet this year is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and anniversaries are typically the time to celebrate the past. But with so much innovation and development percolating across the global Ethernet ecosystem, there is little time for the technology’s vast array of stakeholders to look back on its successes.

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NASA’s Technical Reports Server Shuts Down

March 26, 2013 9:56 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

For most of its existence, the U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) could be termed the fishbowl agency. Unlike the Department of Defense or nuclear-related branches of the Department of Energy, virtually everything NASA did, built, or planned has been publicly available to anybody who asked.

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The Feminine Pad (A Tablet for Women)

March 25, 2013 11:42 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

Just as I was about upgrade to the LeapPad2, Eurostar Group has released the new ePad Femme Tablet for Women. "The Tablet comes preloaded with applications so you can just turn it on and log in to cooking recipes or yoga," says Mani Nair, Associate Vice President for Marketing at Eurostar Group.

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The New Kid

March 22, 2013 9:04 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

I feel like the new kid at school again: A bit shy, reserved, and somewhat intimidated by the veterans. But, at the same time, I am extremely excited for the change and the new adventures that lay ahead. If you’re still wondering why Janine changed her hair, let me put your minds at ease.

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With Patient Health at Stake, Medical Equipment Industry Needs to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

March 21, 2013 9:21 am | by Armin Meissner | Comments

There are few industries as tightly interwoven with life and death issues as medical equipment. Getting everything right; from adherence to regulations to on-time product deliveries to perfectly performing products, is paramount. Complete transparency throughout the medical equipment supply chain is an absolute necessity.

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