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By Pavan Muzumdar | Automation Alley | 1/10/2018
No matter what kind of company you run, be it a pizza shop, accounting firm, shoe shop, or manufacturing company, there are four major functions every business must strengthen: Marketing, Sales, Operations and Finance. Organizing a company in this way is particularly important for leaders facing the disruption of Industry 4.0. If functional teams work well together, then the company as a whole will be able to much better understand needs, pricing preferences, product and service configurations, and capital requirements to deliver the highest value to its customers.
1/8/2018
Automation Alley added 6 new members in December. Click the link below to meet them.
By Tom Kelly | Automation Alley | 1/3/2018
As we close out another successful year at Automation Alley, I’d like to briefly reflect on some of the key milestones our organization achieved in 2017 and look ahead to what’s in store for the first quarter of 2018.
12/20/2017
2017 was a year of exciting new projects and big changes for Automation Alley, as we transformed our organization into Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and worked tirelessly to help our members achieve success during a time of rapid technological change in the manufacturing industry. We vow to continue this mission into the New Year. This week on the blog, Automation Alley’s directors discuss their vision for where our organization is headed in 2018 and share their professional New Year’s resolutions.
12/13/2017
Traffic to Automation Alley’s blog jumped by nearly 50 percent over the course of the last year, due in large part to some fantastic guest bloggers who have shared their insights into the world of tech and manufacturing. We’re thrilled to know our content is reaching you in the blogosphere and is being enjoyed by more business professionals than ever! This week, we’re looking back at our top 10 most popular posts of 2017.
By Pavan Muzumdar | Automation Alley | 12/6/2017
If you’re even somewhat active on social media, it’s common to see advice that starts with “The Six things” or “The Eight Whatevers.” And while these titles may sound tired and so last year, I can say this with certainty: If you haven’t read these five books, and you are a leader dealing with rapid technological change, you won’t waste your time reading them.
12/4/2017
Automation Alley added 12 new members in November. Click the link below to meet them.
By Maryann Daddow | Automation Alley | 11/29/2017
As the end of the calendar year approaches, many businesses, partnerships as well as individuals, with fiscal years ending on Dec. 31, have an opportunity to plan for their year-end financials and affect their bottom line. A little time spent now can make for a much less stressful and more productive start to the new fiscal year. Here are a few steps you should consider before the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31.
11/22/2017
In case you missed it, Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly had some very interesting and thought-provoking conversations about the future of technology and manufacturing on Automation Alley's podcast, Factory Reboot, this year. The podcast, which is focused on technology’s role in manufacturing and the Industry 4.0 transformation, featured gusts from the robotics, virtual reality, IIoT and cybersecurity fields, and explored the opportunities and challenges manufacturers face as they rethink, retool and rebuild the way they do business in the smart and connected world.
11/15/2017
More than 500 professionals from the technology and manufacturing worlds converged on Detroit, Nov. 9 for a day of deep Industry 4.0 learning at Automation Alley’s first-ever Integr8™ conference and expo. From smart machines that think and perceive to immersive technologies that can train our future workforce, this global event not only put the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan in the spotlight as a key player in the Industry 4.0 space, but it also taught us several valuable lessons about where advanced manufacturing is headed.

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