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Technology, people, process, strategy.

Feb 13, 2021

"We tend to overestimate risk and under estimate value when we're evaluating digital technology implementation," stated a keynoter during the 25th annual ARC Advisory Group Forum. Another keynoter told us that if we are evaluating digital transformation initiatives using a spreadsheet, we are off base. Some things...


Jan 29, 2021

219 Quality Without Wires

Are you teaching quality today? That question started a young English teacher into a journey that led to the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. But really, I wanted to talk about quality and wiring. I visited a prospect who was interested in a press control automation system. When...


Jan 15, 2021

I worked with data ever since it was handwritten or typed. We can just generate much more of it these days. We can contextualize, analyze, visualize. The question is--are we using it adequately to make better decisions?


Dec 18, 2020

Congratulations to Eddie Habibi, Pat Kennedy, Corky Ellis, and others for building companies and getting a good exit. Where are the next generation of new companies coming from? Will they be disruptive to the manufacturing technology market? What is disruptive anyway? Podcast supported by Inductive Automation.


Nov 1, 2020

This podcast is sponsored by Ignition from Inductive Automation. The project engineer came to me, "We can't ship this machine, because it is not yet perfect." What is quality? When is it "good enough" to ship. What is meeting spec? When is "good enough" not sufficient?