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January 2018

Automation Alley: What's in Store for 2018?

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.

Automation Alley added 6 new members in December. Click the link below to meet them.

Four Functions Every Business Needs for Long-Term Growth

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.

8 Reasons to Attend the Hannover Messe Fair in 2018

By Noel Nevshehir, Lisa Lasser & Eriola Fishman | Automation Alley | 1/17/2018

Automation Alley's International Business Services team shares why attending the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair this spring in Germany could be a game changer for your company. Read how this massive and unique global event will help your company learn, grow, gain visibility and earn new business.

Thinking Beyond Compliance: Data Asset Security for Your Business

By Waleed Haddad and Jennifer Hudgins | Access-Interactive | 1/24/2018

Just because you are compliant does not mean you are secure. This critical message is not just for the Information Security community, but for all players in the larger business community. Information Security is a balancing act that requires full time attention, resources, and continuous progression. There are number of governing bodies such as GLBA and HIPAA that barely scratch the surface of necessary technical controls required to ensure more secure environments.

Promoting Skilled Trades Training and Opportunities

By Rep. Klint Kesto | R–39th Representative District | 1/31/2018

In the United States and in Michigan, the middle class is open to anyone who works hard. The middle class was built in this country by the city of Detroit, where men and women worked in industry without a degree from a university. These men and women were able to buy homes and cars and provide college funds for their own children. This was, and still is, the American Dream and it was all accomplished without a college degree.

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