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By David Pistrui, Ph.D. | University of Detroit Mercy | 10/11/2017
Today, there is a significant shift from selling what exists to imagining what’s next. Fifty years ago, the life expectancy of a Fortune 500 firm was around 75 years. Currently, it is less than 15 years and declining rapidly. Dynamic change and a disruptive consumer-oriented market economy are fueling these changes. Today, even the largest companies risk being marginalized, commoditized or disrupted in other ways. As well-funded startups and risk-embracing players seek to challenge prevailing paradigms and alter long-standing models, innovation has become critical, not merely to growth but to survival.
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.
9/13/2017
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived. What's your integration strategy? Discover how smart technologies are transforming the manufacturing landscape at Integr8™, Automation Alley's global Industry 4.0 conference, Nov. 9 in Detroit. Here are eight reasons you can't miss this new, one-of-a-kind event.
By Cynthia Hutchison | Automation Alley | 8/9/2017
In the digital age, the lines are blurred between what is and isn't considered a technology company. The argument can most certainly be made that all businesses today are tech companies. In this blog post, Cynthia Hutchison, Automation Alley's director of Business Development and Government Affairs, offers up advice traditional businesses should consider on their quest to embrace new technologies.
Get Off Road | 6/21/2017
In today’s world, technology transforms every part of our lives, and autonomous cars are no different. While self-driving cars may still seem like science fiction to many, they are set to rule the transportation sector in the not-so-distant future. Cars that can navigate without human input will be used by the U.S. government for public transport and industrial fleets by 2025, according to the latest reports. Experts believe autonomous cars will decrease road accidents, improve fuel efficiency and lessen traffic jams, among other benefits. To explain this and other important concepts of self-driving cars, check out this Get Off Road infographic on the growth of the autonomous car market.
6/7/2017
Manufacturing automation and jobs are a hot topic politically, especially here in Michigan. Brooke Allen of WKAR’s Morning Edition caught up with Automation Alley Executive Director Tom Kelly during his time at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference to discuss how technology is transforming our lives and how Automation Alley is helping companies navigate to Industry 4.0. He explains why automation is our path forward to job creation, and where we will be in 2020.
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 Kip Fern | Microsoft | 5/17/2017
About 500,000 computer programming jobs are vacant in the U.S., and yet most American high schools don’t teach computer science. This week on the blog, Kip Fern of Microsoft Philanthropies shares how tech companies and educators are addressing this growing crisis by bringing computer science into schools through TEALS (Technology Education And Literacy in Schools), opening doors to new opportunities for high school students in Michigan and across the country.
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 Tom Kelly | Automation Alley | 3/22/2017
Manufacturing is at the forefront of the national conversation once again. But what most politicians aren’t discussing is that the manufacturing industry is undergoing a transformation, says Automation Alley Executive Director Tom Kelly. Are you ready for Industry 4.0?
By Kristin Hope | PIXO Group | 3/15/2017
PIXO Group Marketing Strategist Kristin Hope shares why she picked up her career in tech and made the move from Silicon Valley to Detroit, and why this decision could be the right one for many Millennials who are “low on funds but big on dreams.”
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.
By Tom Kelly | Automation Alley | 2/15/2017
This week, Automation Alley released its 2017 Technology Industry Report, highlighting that the manufacturing industry is moving rapidly to embrace Industry 4.0 technology as a critical part of its processes and plans to make new technological investments in 2017. Despite these findings, the report also found that there are many barriers to Industry 4.0 adoption.
10/26/2016
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters paid a visit to Automation Alley on Monday to discuss the future of mobility in Michigan, our opportunity to be a global leader in the development of autonomous vehicles, and the challenges we face with stiff national and international competition.
10/19/2016
Sarah Schmid Stevenson, editor of Xconomy Detroit/Ann Arbor, takes a closer look at Automation Alley, the progress we have made as an organization since our founding nearly 20 years ago, and how the recent boom in autonomous technology has affected our long-term strategy. 
10/12/2016
Sheryl Connelly says she can’t predict the future. Rather, her job at Ford is to help the organization prevent “strategic surprise.” To expect the unexpected. In this Q-and-A, Connelly discusses what led her down this interesting career path, the types of trends she’s forecasting, and how those trends are impacting decisions at Ford. 

You can hear more from Connelly at Automation Alley’s 16th Annual Awards Gala on Oct. 14 at the Detroit Yacht Club, where she will discuss current trends that are shaping our future. 
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 Vinh Chu | PIXO Group | 5/18/2016
Virtual reality is entering the marketplace at a rapid pace, with technological improvements driving down cost and increasing quality. The barricades to entering VR are not as monumentally expensive or difficult as one might think. 
5/11/2016
We all know that STEM education is the foundation of a competitive workforce, and keeping our students excited and engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math is critical to the future of our economy, both locally and nationally.

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