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  1. The history of manufacturing is marked with major transformations brought by new technologies. The First Industrial Revolution captured the power of water and steam. The Second Revolution brought electric power to the factory, and the Third brought computerized automation. Today the Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, and in the words of Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum,[1] it is driven by “a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.”

    Today, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is ushering in the era of smart manufacturing, driven by new technologies for capturing and analyzing data and for gaining insights and efficiencies from that data via Edge Computing and artificial intelligence applications. Smart manufacturing, enabled by digital technologies and enterprise-grade infrastructure, is the key to reducing downtime, improving product quality, increasing factory output and exceeding business objectives today and in the future.

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  2. Just like that, full workforces are working remotely. Sure, working from home has been trending for some time now. But entire businesses? What was largely unimaginable just two weeks ago is now a new norm that we must all must find a way to navigate.

    In the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, IT teams are tasked with getting remote workers up and running – quickly – in their new work environments and continuing to support them in an effort to reduce business disruption.

    A big part of that is physical IT equipment.

    IT teams can no longer rely on in-office hardware and systems. They must now support an exponential number of wireless routers and printers, computers with various configurations, and of course mobile devices.

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  3. For decades technology conferences have been a way for CIOs and other IT leaders to stay on top of emerging trends, get a sense for what’s exciting customers, network, and help employees up their skills. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has thrown a wrench in those works.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11. As of this writing, the virus is affecting 195 countries and territories around the world. Municipalities, regions, and countries have ground to a halt, and so has travel. With quarantines and social distancing measures in effect in many of those countries, technology conferences are experiencing disruption like never before.

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  4. The move to virtual teams left some managers scrambling to create a culture of inclusion. Many managers believe that in an office environment, culture just happens. But, building successful teams takes work.

    Teams that deliver exceptional results, called high-performing teams, share three qualities: They are results-oriented, collaborative, and exciting. They are location-neutral; working as well in a virtual global environment as they do in person. What distinguishes them from other teams is their culture of mutual trust and understanding. Everyone is different, raised in different families, with different values and frames of reference. While it may be comfortable to be surrounded by people like you, diverse teams are better at problem-solving than homogeneous teams.

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  5. Decision support systems definition

    A decision support system (DSS) is an interactive information system that analyzes large volumes of data for informing business decisions. A DSS supports the management, operations, and planning levels of an organization in making better decisions by assessing the significance of uncertainties and the tradeoffs involved in making one decision over another.

    A DSS leverages a combination of raw data, documents, personal knowledge, and/or business models to help users make decisions. The data sources used by a DSS could include relational data sources, cubes, data warehouses, electronic health records (EHRs), revenue projections, sales projections, and more.

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