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By Cynthia Hutchison | Automation Alley | 4/25/2018
Automation Alley has recently experienced a significant number of wonderful firsts, and I’m very pleased to announce another: Automation Alley's first Canadian foundation member. As we welcome Zero Defect Manufacturing, we thank them for the reminder that we live in a global region, with Michigan and Ontario sharing a rich history of manufacturing and technology prowess and leadership.
By Kevin Krason | Biznet Digital | 4/18/2018
As a business leader and agency owner for over 20 years, I've tested hundreds of strategies and tactics for lead generation. When I ask my prospects how they get business, they are often quick to say that 'relationships' are the main driver. I agree. Read more on the blog from Kevin Krason, CEO and digital strategist of Biznet Digital.
By Pavan Muzumdar | Automation Alley | 3/14/2018
As one who has the privilege of working with some of the hardest working millennials at multiple companies, I thought it was time to set the record straight. The way I see it, not only are some of the negative claims about this generation false, but they contribute to a narrative that is harmful to society and our ability to steward our future. Not to mention it’s really irritating. Read more from Automation Alley COO Pavan Muzumdar this week on the blog.
By Cynthia Hutchison | Automation Alley | 2/7/2018
For dynamic membership organizations like Automation Alley, the member experience drives the organization, determining policy, strategy, events and programming. The Automation Alley member experience is not only founded on the principles of trust and collaboration, it is expanding because of them. You can see it, feel it and even measure it—with data that reflects increased member attendance and engagement at events, in collaborative research projects and even new business deals and partnerships.
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.
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.
By Pavan Muzumdar | Automation Alley | 10/4/2017
While it's impossible to know where exactly Industry 4.0 will lead us, businesses must prepare for the rapid technology advancements taking place around them in order to stay relevant. This week on the blog, we discuss four steps all businesses need to internalize and organize around to manage changes as they navigate the complexities of Industry 4.0.
By Eric Davis | Automation Alley | 9/27/2017
Believe it or not, as a high school football coach, I see the same issues regarding communication and accountability arise on the football field as I do at most businesses. Sometimes an outsider’s perspective can yield a world on constructive feedback. Instilling effective change may seem like an impossible task at first, but business assessment and third party validation can make it achievable.
5/24/2017
It’s time to overcome the divide that still has operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) professionals using different terminology, ranking priorities differently and focusing on different goals, says our partners at SME. This week on the blog, read about the fun and creative way they are bringing awareness to the opportunities that exist when these two camps—OT and IT—work together.
By Godfrey Nolan | RIIS LLC | 5/10/2017
This week on the blog, Godfrey Nolan, president of RIIS LLC, explains why his company infected its old computers with ransomware. As odd as it sounds, he says, there’s no better learning tool for how to stop a cyberattack than having to save a computer nobody wants. “If your first encounter with ransomware is during an attack, then it’s probably going to be too late and you may as well admit defeat.”
By Alexi Antonino | Plex Systems | 5/3/2017
While Industry 4.0 will continue as a long-term vision for the future, it’s important for all manufacturers to recognize that opportunities to leverage data are here now. This week on the blog, Alexi Antonino of Plex Systems discusses what it’s like working as a technologist in a rather extraordinary time in tech and manufacturing. “I’m most interested in how we take the incredible spectrum of data that comes from these new platforms and leverage it for practical business tools today.”
By Eric Davis | Automation Alley | 4/26/2017
Perfecting your elevator pitch comes down to knowing your customers, market and competition, says Eric Davis, Automation Alley’s technology investment analyst. In this blog post, Eric breaks down the five questions your elevator pitch must answer so that your message is clear to investors.
By Liz Rivard | Automation Alley | 4/5/2017
The advanced manufacturing and IT sectors are facing complex workforce challenges like never before. And those challenges are magnified by the rise of Industry 4.0. How do companies find employees with the appropriate expertise? Registered Apprenticeship is a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent, says Liz Rivard, Automation Alley’s program manager of Industry 4.0 Partnerships and Talent. Apprenticeships, often referred to as an “earn while you learn” program, offer a company reduced turnover, savings in recruitment costs, preservation of trade secrets and increased productivity, among other benefits.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation | 3/29/2017
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation shares how the First Capital Fund will develop, retain and attract tech companies with high-growth potential to Michigan.
By Rick Nini | Corporate Eagle | 3/1/2017
Attracting and retaining top talent is vital to the success of all businesses, says Rick Nini, president and CEO of aviation company Corporate Eagle. And doing so takes time, energy and strategic focus. Here are his top tips for assembling – and keeping – a great team.
By Dom Holmes | Automation Alley | 2/22/2017
Watch: Dom Holmes, Automation Alley’s manager of entrepreneurship and innovation discusses why the 7Cs™ program might be the right fit for your startup.

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