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The Everyday Usefulness of SIPOC

May 31, 2013 9:13 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

The name “SIPOC” is an acronym for Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs, Customers and it is a tool most of us with any process improvement experience or education have learned to use. It can be used very efficiently and effectively for other dilemmas as well and it doesn’t require us to summon a team and declare an event to use the logic to help us answer important questions.

The Everyday Usefulness of the Problem Statement

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

“Cloud” Signals Dark Days for Software Buyers

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

The U.S. Market & Design for Test

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

The Future of Google Glass

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

The Earth is Eating People

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

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 | Blogs | 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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The Feminine Pad (A Tablet for Women)

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

Lady Brains: Dumbing Down Technology for Women

March 20, 2013 9:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturers are constantly trying to find ways to appeal specifically to women. The justification is often that their product—be it pens, cars, or toys—sells with men, but they’re trying to attract more women. It’s a logical thought process...

The Apocalyptic Threat of Undead Projects

March 12, 2013 9:18 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Are there any of us who haven’t been assigned to the “undead” project? You know, those projects that seem to go on forever without ever possessing the priority or proper resources to get finally to launch, or the ones that are constantly re-directed or re-defined such that we never make meaningful progress.

Marketing Schemes through the Google [Looking] Glass

February 22, 2013 2:41 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last June, Google announced a unique device that is supposed to incorporate their technology into your everyday life. In fact, their sights seem to be set on invading every moment your eyes are open with convenient updates, recording capabilities, and, of course, an easy-to-use search engine.

Stores are Tracking Your Every Move

February 19, 2013 3:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When you walk into a store, you basically expect that you’re going to be recorded on a security video and surreptitiously watched by sales associates lest you decide to steal anything. But did you ever stop to think what information the store is gleaning from your cell?

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A Leadership Action Anyone Can Do, and Everyone Should

February 19, 2013 3:36 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

The one skill every change agent needs most, and is trained in least, is interpersonal leadership. Here is a very simple leadership action that every change agent needs to practice. In fact, anyone and everyone should adopt the habit. Proactively set expectations, and then follow through.

Engineering the Future: Do We Know What We’re Doing?

February 19, 2013 3:16 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

I assume many of my readers are either engineers, or interested in engineering and its effects on society, so what I am about to say may surprise you. It is simply this:  engineers are playing a role in American society that may end American society as we have known it up to now. Let me explain.

Who’s Managing Your Power Management?

February 6, 2013 2:09 pm | by Bob Frostholm, JVD Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Today’s complex systems employ a wide variety of semiconductor technologies. From the deepest sub nanometer processors to the Analog I/O, it’s easy to see the need for power management devices for 1.0V, 1.2V, 1.5V, 1.8V, 2.2V, 2.5V, 2.8V, 3.0V, 3.3V and more, all in the same box.

Raspberry Pi Receives 'Generous' Google Grant for Education

February 4, 2013 5:37 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Google Giving, a philanthropic department of the Internet search giant, has awarded the U.K.-based Raspberry Pi Foundation with a “very generous” grant to provide better educational tools for young students in the U.K. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited Cambridge this morning to help teach programming to a classroom of local students.

How to Secure Your Devices in a Machine-to-Machine World

February 4, 2013 5:26 pm | by Peter Holmelin, VP of Development, Netop | Blogs | Comments

If you mention connectivity, most people think of smartphones, PCs, web TVs, web cams, and the Internet. But soon, these devices will make up only a small proportion of the machine-to-machine (M2M) connected world.  With the number of M2M devices set to balloon over the next few years, there are some serious security ramifications for businesses.

Making Use of Advances in the Integrated Engineering Desktop

February 1, 2013 4:56 pm | by Tony Christian, Director, Cambashi | Blogs | Comments

We encountered a revolution in the early 1980s in engineering design, with rudimentary 2D drafting systems and manual intensive analysis packages. They offered increased productivity as well as the ability to reach the physical prototypic and testing stage with much greater certainty in the product’s performance.

Optimizing Real-Time Application Software for Small Cells

February 1, 2013 4:06 pm | by Sridhar K V, Radisys | Articles | Comments

Operators are looking to deploy small cell technologies as quickly as possible to generate revenue, offload data traffic, and leverage the existing macro network efficiency. These small portable platforms have limited hardware, memory, and CPU speed so operators need real-time application software to manage their performance, stability, scalability, and efficiency to ensure customer satisfaction.

Experts’ Perspectives on Delay-Tolerant Networking at IEEE GLOBECOM 2012

January 30, 2013 2:09 pm | by Scott Burleigh, Principal Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology | Blogs | Comments

Conceived as a way to build a network across interplanetary space, funded by DARPA as a way to bring reliable communications to the chaos of combat, currently serving applications as diverse as file transfer from the International Space Station and email for reindeer herders, Delay-Tolerant Networking (also known as “Disruption-Tolerant Networking”.

IEEE GLOBECOM 2012 to Focus on the Next Wave of Internet & IPv6 Deployment

January 30, 2013 1:49 pm | by Latif Ladid, President IPv6 Forum, Senior Researcher at the University of Luxembourg | Blogs | Comments

From 3 – 7 December, IEEE GLOBECOM 2012, the premier international conference dedicated to the advancement of communications technologies worldwide, will hold its 55th annual event at the fabled Disneyland Hotel located at the heart of the Downtown Disney District and moments from the Disneyland theme and Adventure Parks in Anaheim, California.

Advancing Wireless Careers Worldwide Through the IEEE WCET Program

January 30, 2013 12:36 pm | by Rulei Ting, Program Director, IEEE WCET | Blogs | Comments

The proliferation of wireless communications rapidly shapes and re-shapes every phase of twenty-first century life and business. Worldwide industries representing finance, healthcare, transportation, public safety, security, government, and utilities are already expanding operations with advanced technologies that instantaneously relay text, data, and visuals to widespread locations, while controlling any number of remote devices.

Advancing Wireless Careers Worldwide Through the IEEE WCET Program

January 4, 2013 10:13 am | Blogs | Comments

The proliferation of wireless communications rapidly shapes and re-shapes every phase of twenty-first century life and business. Worldwide industries representing finance, healthcare, transportation, public safety, security, government and utilities are already expanding operations with advanced technologies that instantaneously relay text, data and visuals to widespread locations, while controlling any number of remote devices.

Connected Support - Wireless M2M is the Enabler for High-value Product Support

January 2, 2013 11:22 am | by Lee Vishloff, Principal Engineer, Tech-Knows Services Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Many businesses sell specialized industrial process equipment to a global set of customers and have remote support problem. These businesses are often small and medium sized enterprises with specialized skills, and are the only true experts capable of maintaining their customers’ specialized equipment in the field.

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