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September 24, 2014

ERP Continues To Transform Manufacturing

Posted by Sanjay Jalona (View Profile | View All Posts) at 10:18 AM



8 Manufacturing Trends for 2014 by Infosys [Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luquKreTqpw]

"Made in China." During the second half of the 20th century, these three words represented a seismic economic shift that would last for decades, involve hundreds of millions of laborers, and account for untold trillions of dollars.

Indeed, after World War II, Western companies discovered that the world was a big place, and the first thing they did was to take advantage of cheap labor way beyond their shores. It became far more efficient for, say, an American company to manufacturer its goods in China and then ship them all the way back to its home market, where it would put them up for sale.

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March 15, 2013

When Global Outsourcing Includes Your Home Market

Posted by Sanjay Jalona (View Profile | View All Posts) at 5:18 AM

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The assembly line in action at the Rouge Plant ,1934 [Source: http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Labor/L_Overview/Rouge_Plant2.htm]

At the beginning of the 20th century, the world was fixated for a few months on a tiny farming community outside Dearborn, Michigan. It was in the hamlet of River Rouge that Henry Ford had decided to build a factory the likes of which had never been seen. It was a grand manufacturing experiment - un-forged metal and other raw resources would go in one end and a shiny new car would come out the other.

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January 11, 2013

Manufacturing Trends you cannot afford to miss in 2013

Posted by Sanjay Jalona (View Profile | View All Posts) at 9:48 AM

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Just this morning I found myself whistling the tune of a wonderful old ballad. The song was "Just In Time" - the same one Sinatra made so popular decades ago. In any case, I realized I couldn't have whistled a more appropriate song after I stumbled across Infosys list of the five hottest manufacturing trends for 2013.

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November 26, 2012

Technology, Mother Nature and lessons from hurricane Sandy

Posted by Sanjay Jalona (View Profile | View All Posts) at 11:02 AM

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Tune in to the audio post here*

* This is a recording, by professional voice talent, for your listening convenience.

I spend lots of time in the New York metro region and have many friends and colleagues living in the area hit hard by hurricane Sandy several weeks ago.  Millions were impacted directly by the storm with entire neighborhoods devastated, massive power outages and mile long queues for gasoline.  Whether the storm was a result of global warming may be open to debate but it's clear that rising sea levels and changing weather patterns are likely to create similar destructive storms in the future.

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March 9, 2012

It's what we can't see that matters in IT

Posted by Sanjay Jalona (View Profile | View All Posts) at 11:11 AM



In 1963, Ted Nelson, a futurist, coined the phrase "hypertext," and a decade later, he predicted that we would exchange ideas through a series of connected terminals.  Today, HTML, or hypertext markup language, is the predominant language for web pages used by almost everyone. As a seer, Nelson had few peers. He somehow sensed that computing technology would someday become "pervasive" - a word that has etched itself into our psyche today. Twenty years ago, social scientists and anthropologists, at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, spent countless hours wondering how we would be using computers today. Mark Weiser, another seer of note, wrote back then that the desktop would be outmoded, as microprocessors become smaller, and spread about in the most unlikely places.  Pervasive computing would adopt "calm technology" and be "invisible, everywhere....that does not live on a personal device of any sort, but is in the woodwork everywhere."  That's as accurate an explanation and as you can conjure up even today.

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