Manufacturers Lead in Big Data – So Now What?

“Manufacturing stores more data than any other sector — close to 2 exabytes of new data stored in 2010,” according to McKinsey’s report on big data. Given that the manufacturing sector continues to show increasing productivity, it follows that the increased use of data is a major contributor to that productivity growth. The report speculates that even…

A Lesson from the Cloud: Know Thy Vendor

Last month’s much publicized outage at Amazon’s cloud service has many cloud users and potential cloud users wondering about the reliability of cloud-based infrastructure and applications. Recent posts from this blog, including The Effects and Inevitability of IT Failure, have addressed this same issue. When a manufacturer puts their trust in an outside resource to provide vital services,…

Made in the USA, Again: Low Cost, High Efficiency Manufacturers to Usher in Manufacturing Renaissance?

A recent study from Boston Consulting Group caught our eye here at Plex Systems. Its May 2011 announcement “Made in the USA, Again: Manufacturing Is Expected to Return to America as China’s Rising Labor Costs Erase Most Savings from Offshoring” summarizes research showing that within the next five years, the United States will experience a…