Podcast 182 Companies on the Move Winners and Losers

Another Podcast. Sponsored by Ignition from Inductive Automation and the 23rd Industry Forum from ARC Advisory Group. (See banners.) Stuff happening. Siemens (cyber security, growing digitally). Emerson (growing and acquisitions). GE (divesting Digital). ABB (divesting power grid). Rockwell (new product with PTC). Keep an eye on IT companies with powerful compute packages for OT–Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.


Podcast 181 Industry of Things World East Talk About Data

Podcast 181 Industry of Things World East Talk About Data

Last week I gave a short presentation at a breakout session of the Industry of Things East World event in Orlando. This podcast is a recap of the talk done in a slightly different style. As the fourth speaker in the afternoon surveying the audience, I switched styles to one I hope kept everyone awake.

I wanted to talk about data. Why we collect it. How we can use it. And good management practices. All in fewer than 20 minutes. Allowing time for a decent discussion at the end.

Podcast 180–Ask Why For Learning and Growing Business

Podcast 180–Ask Why For Learning and Growing Business

I have unleashed another podcast–180 Asking Why.

Asking why? Continuous learning. Helping educate our children. Ideas for solving new problems and developing new business.

Not in the podcast, but in the realm of learning, change agents, asking why, I have been reading Beth Comstock’s book, Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change reflecting on her experiences at GE and NBC. Must read for all of you who are change agents.

Rockwell Automation Launches Executive Podcast Series

Rockwell Automation Launches Executive Podcast Series

More and more companies are going direct with their marketing communication activities and social media. It’s been a trend for a while and gaining momentum. They are doing their own webcasts, email marketing, newsletters, and even magazines. Rockwell Automation is expanding the offering by launching a podcast series. I have not listened to one, yet, just having received this notice. Give it a try if you work in the IoT or manufacturing software area.

Rockwell Automation is launching an executive podcast series, “State of the Industry: Your Guide to the Future of Smart Manufacturing.” The podcast is available on iTunes.

The show is hosted by David Vasko, director of Advanced Technology, Rockwell Automation, who is responsible for the company’s technology roadmap and leads their global research and development.

Vasko discusses a range of topics with business and academia thought leaders – from how industrial technologies, such as blockchain, will transform supply chains to how academic and business partnerships address workforce and upskilling challenges.

The latest episode features a discussion with Robert D. Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). They explore how robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence will affect the next-gen workforce.

In another episode, Vasko and Mark Mone, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor, discuss industry-academia collaborations and how those partnerships integrate real-world industrial experience and higher education. In a separate episode, Vasko and Tim Biernat, a principal software architect in the Rockwell Automation Advanced Technology Lab, discuss the potential of using blockchain in industrial supply chains.

Go to iTunes, Overcast (my favorite), or at Rockwell.

Podcast 179 Humans and Technology in Manufacturing

Podcast 179 Humans and Technology in Manufacturing

Once upon a time, people made useful things in the shop under their apartment or in the shed out back.

The product of their labor was very much a piece of themselves. A little bit of their soul went into their creation.

This was a podcast originally scripted for Labor Day, but it morphed into a discussion of labor, automation, and how automation is / can be an assistant to humans.

Here’s a shout out to my sponsors: Ignition from Inductive Automation and Manufacturing Day. 

By 2025, the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte project that manufacturers must fill 3.5 million skilled jobs. The workforce skills gap is very real.

On October 5th, Manufacturing Day, thousands of manufacturers will do something about this by opening their doors to those interested in manufacturing careers.

Give students and educators in your area a chance to discover modern manufacturing.



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