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September 2016

By Jessica Tower | Plante Moran | 9/7/2016
One bad hiring decision can cost an organization in many ways. Estimates of financial impact range from 30-90% of the person’s first year salary and benefits, depending on the level of the position. So, a bad hire in a $75,000 position might cost an organization between $29,250 and $87,750 (assuming benefit costs are 30% of salary). In addition to the financial impact, an unsuccessful hire can decrease morale, damage client relationships, and increase expenses related to overtime, lost productivity, and recruiting and training a replacement employee.  
9/6/2016
Find out why this Wixom-based clean technology startup joined Automation Alley.
9/6/2016
Automation Alley added 15 new members in August. Click the link below to meet them.
By Tom Kelly | Automation Alley | 9/14/2016
Automation Alley’s Executive Director Tom Kelly is an expert when it comes to helping startup companies transform their ideas into commercialized, marketable technologies and services. In this blog post, Kelly discusses why it’s so important for entrepreneurs to study their customers and prove their ideas in the marketplace before they seek funding.
By Jason Vazzano | Vectorform | 9/21/2016
Business transformation and innovation are key to remaining competitive in the global marketplace. Recent research shows almost half of all CEOs expect their organizations will be significantly transformed by 2020. That’s why companies wanting to succeed need to embrace and implement both disruptive thinking and disruptive technology not only when developing new products and services, but also when transforming their business processes. By doing this, they can increase their agility, as well as drive rapid and cost-effective innovation and growth.
By Pavan Muzumdar | Automation Alley | 9/28/2016
We sat down with Automation Alley’s new Chief Operating Officer Pavan Muzumdar to find out what he’s most looking forward to as Automation Alley begins to shift its focus towards Industry 4.0.

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