As big data and the industrial internet of things become more prevalent in manufacturing, engineers must work to understand the analytics even if they aren't data scientists, writes TrendMiner founder Thomas Dhollander. If engineers are able to answer their own questions, he writes, other members of analytics teams will be free to focus elsewhere.
Manufacturers can reduce carbon emissions and fuel costs by streamlining carrier routing and engine operations through big data analytics, writes ZDNet analyst George Anadiotis, who discusses other global efforts to use data on sustainability projects.
The Utah Aerospace Pathways program encourages educators and manufacturing companies to collaborate and educate high school students and recent graduates in the industry's best practices. The program has included projects at nearby manufacturing plants owned by Orbital ATK, Boeing and Hexcel.
The controversial changes to the online goods-and-services tax being considered by the Australian government means consumers there could be blocked from overseas vendors on sites such as Etsy, Alibaba, Amazon and eBay. The burden of the tax collection would be on the platform, rather than the vendors, under the new requirement.
Wal-Mart, Target and other retailers will pressure Congress to kill the proposed 20% levy on imported goods that could raise product costs by 25%. The retailers will hold off on investing in new supply chain infrastructure overseas while they wait to learn more about the proposed import taxes.
GM says it will seek compensation over the Venezuelan government's seizure of company assets last week, but compensation for the losses will be difficult. The government seized a General Motors factory, cars and other assets as anti-government protesters clashed with authorities.
Many employees are afraid to speak up when something is wrong out of fear for retaliation even when there's no history of that, writes Susan Mazza. For leaders to encourage dissent and contrary opinions, they need to get comfortable with criticism and publicly ask for and thank people for it.
The "Golden Rule" talks about treating people how you would want to be treated, and one step beyond that is seeing how people themselves want to be treated and aiming for that, says author Sara Taylor. Good intentions are fine, she says, but they are often based on unconscious biases that substitute our feelings for those of the people we're dealing with.