Sales representatives can be leaders in setting the operations agenda, and a smart company will do so while aligning sales, operations and marketing, writes Jonathan Byrnes. "The most important way to achieve quantum increases in operations productivity is for the sales force to bring in revenues that fit the company's supply chain and operations," writes Byrnes.
The supply chain is likely the next frontier for the cloud, writes Jennifer Baljko, but companies are still waiting to see whether the cloud can deliver on its promises of reduced costs and increased speed and agility, she writes. Security remains an obstacle to widespread adoption, and "without a plausible solution, the other benefits may come to naught," Baljko adds.
Businesses are seeking space in San Joaquin County, Calif., as the industrial real estate market rebounds. The county has long been attractive for distributors and manufacturers because of its proximity to several transportation arteries. The area posted a net occupancy gain of more than 1.8 million square feet for the first three months of 2011.