Last week was Rockwell Automation week. I have one more major manufacturer show for the year—Discover Madrid with Hewlett Packard Enterprise next week. I recorded a quick podcast recap of the week. I have so much material to digest, that I am still working through it. Three quick points: 1. There was no discussion of […]
GE’s restructure includes sharp cuts at GE Digital. Jeff Imelt had a dream for GE. It would get on board the digital manufacturing train. They would ride it toward new modes of profitability. He built a division called GE Digital and spent a lot of money on it. Then profits and stock price took a […]
While I’m writing short posts that my SEO plug in hates, I’ll answer a question posed to me last week. What is up with AutomationDirect? Yes, AutomationDirect is still around and thriving. Note: It does not advertise with me or compensate me in any way. Over the years I have developed a good relationship with […]
Turning a giant organization that has the great inertia can be likened to turning a large ship at sea. It takes great force and a lot of space. Such is the task of remaking Microsoft. Satya Nadella has been CEO of Microsoft replacing the combative Steve Ballmer more than three years ago. I’ve seen him […]
I was putting together this piece on mergers and acquisitions when I received word that Emerson had been in conversations to acquire Rockwell Automation. Final price was $27.5 billion. That wasn’t sweet enough. The Rockwell board turned it down. Note: I feel vindicated. I told an investment company once that they could never touch Rockwell […]
Steve Levine writing in Axios Future of Work notes: For many years, the economic rules were supported by both common sense and the data: When unemployment falls, wages rise soon after. But since the turn of the century and before, that relationship has broken down across the developed world, according to data from the OECD. […]
A little consolidation in the industrial software space. Remember when Schneider Electric was shopping its software division a couple of years ago and came up with a reverse acquisition with AVEVA? And the deal fell apart almost a year ago? Well, it seems that Schneider spent the year internally restructuring such that it could pull […]
I wrote about FoxConn building a plant (maybe) in Wisconsin. “Retired” Rockwell Automation Communications Director John Bernaden commented on my LinkedIn post of the article: Good perspective Gary Mintchell. FoxConn’s been trying to replace its Chinese workers with automation and robotics for several years now with limited success. They’re realizing what’s no surprise to you […]
Maybe low wages leads to lack of investment which lead in turn to low productivity.
Employment is getting so tight that many industrial jobs cannot be filled because potential workforce can’t pass a drug test.