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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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