January 25, 2018

Industry 4.0 Security: How to Prepare Your Company

In a recent blog article, we discussed hiring tips to help your company make the most of interconnected devices for Industry 4.0. Now it’s time to talk about securing those devices. This post will help you understand the complex cybersecurity risks that Industry 4.0 brings to our connected world and offers resources to prepare your business for secured success in the years to come. But First: A Brief Refresher on Industry 4.0 As we discussed in an earlier post, Industry 4.0, also known as the “Digital Supply Network,” is the fourth industrial revolution. The first industrial revolution was the advent of steam power, the second was electricity and the assembly line and the third was computerization. Right now, we are entering the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), in which our machines are empowered to act independently so they can improve our business outcomes. To do this effectively, the machines need to collect and share physical data using sensors on smart devices, analyze that data in real time and then use their findings to make changes in our physical world. This is truly a new frontier. The Dangers of Industry 4.0 One of the greatest risks of Industry 4.0 is also its greatest asset. Shared Data Today’s analytics systems are effective because they combine your proprietary data with industry data aggregators to help you gain full insight into your business, so you can make faster, better decisions with confidence. Industry 4.0 promises to expand these capabilities by collecting more data from […]
January 20, 2018

How to Hire Smart for Industry 4.0

The business world’s future is arriving quickly – but you don’t need us to tell you that. Not only is everyone’s workplace getting “smarter” from the shop floor to the back office, modern robotics and workforce automation solutions are making entire industries smarter too. With all the new devices available, it’s only a matter of time until your business technology becomes 100% connected and you’re ready to access that seamless digital thread you need to gather critical, real-time data and work smarter yourself. Except… with the pace of business going so fast these days, you may not have had a single second to think about how you’ll hire the tech-savvy employees you’ll need to succeed in our fast-arriving, connected future. Feel like you’re running out of time? We hear you. This guide offers secrets that’ll help you hire right so you can stay ahead of the curve, even in the face of changing technology. The Future of Hiring – and a Current Problem Experts predict there will be a labor shortage of 2 million people in the manufacturing industry by 2025 (which seems to have already started), and all industries are currently experiencing a skills gap in the U.S. for qualified IT professionals. As more technological products hit the market, this skills gap will only get bigger. In short: Hiring is a serious problem right now. Today’s savvy business leaders understand that in order to secure their future, they need to secure top tech talent for their companies. And they […]