Augmented Intelligence Transforms Manufacturing

Manufacturers are instilling augmented intelligence into production processes. Augmented intelligence applies new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and virtual reality to human work processes to enhance the capabilities of workers. It supplements their abilities with additional knowledge and technology tools, which effectively raises their skill level and improves production output. AI is … Continue reading “Augmented Intelligence Transforms Manufacturing”

Accommodating Freelancers in Your Workforce

Freelancers, contractors, temps and on-call workers represent a large portion of the U.S. workforce. McKinsey Global Institute estimates there are between 54 million and 68 million independent workers, and their numbers are growing.[1] Nearly half of working millennials freelance, and by 2027 experts believe the majority of the U.S. workforce will comprise independent workers.[2] While … Continue reading “Accommodating Freelancers in Your Workforce”

Ready to Leap to the Cloud?

More companies are migrating their computing operations to the cloud. At least 70% of U.S. companies use the cloud in some variation of public, private and hybrid services.[1] Global spending for public cloud services is forecast to reach $236 billion by 2020.[2] Leading providers of public cloud services include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google … Continue reading “Ready to Leap to the Cloud?”

Wearables in the Workplace

Fitness trackers started with a simple goal of monitoring the number of steps taken in a day. Now wearable devices such as smart glasses, smart watches and sensor-embedded clothing and hats are improving job efficiency in the workplace. ABI Research predicts more than 500,000 wearables will be distributed to employees by 2021.[1] Workplace wearables help … Continue reading “Wearables in the Workplace”

Making the Most of Big Data

Big data refers to the large sets of data now available to businesses from several digital technology sources. It can be analyzed to reveal patterns, trends and insights for better decision making and strategic planning.[1] The rapid growth of digital technology and social media has made data widely available. Mobile phones, social media websites, web … Continue reading “Making the Most of Big Data”

IoT Drives Growth Strategies

The internet of things (IoT) is melding technology into manufacturing processes and seamlessly linking businesses to consumers. This integrated network connects sensors and devices through the internet and enables spontaneous junctures for sharing data and applications, often without human intervention. Companies are taking note of the potential the IoT presents: 57% of global businesses have … Continue reading “IoT Drives Growth Strategies”

Companies Expand Use of 3-D Printing

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, has been used primarily by companies to create prototypes. The process enables product engineers and designers to tweak product models quickly, easily and affordably before entering into full production using traditional manufacturing methods. Currently, only .01% of manufacturing output is done using 3-D printing methods.[1] However, 3-D printing … Continue reading “Companies Expand Use of 3-D Printing”

Addressing the IT Talent Gap

The war for talent is reaching peak pitch. Manpower Group’s 11th annual Talent Shortage Survey noted 40% of employers globally are having difficulty finding skilled workers, the highest level since 2007.[1] The survey found information technology (IT) positions are in very high demand, particularly for developers, programmers, database administrators, big data analysts and IT managers.[2] … Continue reading “Addressing the IT Talent Gap”