Category Archives: Business

Fitness tracker… Does your factory have one?

Andea-eBoxWatchFit2In 2016 my wife surprised me with a fitness tracker for my B-day. It is a Garmin watch that does everything from measuring my running speed and heart rate, to displaying how well I slept the night before. I have always been active and like to play sports, so this was a fantastic gift idea. The watch has been a great tool not only to motivate me to be active but also to do it better.

Recently I was speaking to a large electronics manufacturer looking for ways to improve their final test and packaging processes. The client knows that they need to improve some KPI’s such as machine performance and first pass yield. The problem is that they find it hard to quantify what improvement is reachable. Why? Continue reading

Choosing a Provider for Highly Specialized Services

Asking for recommendationsSelecting a service provider should not be taken lightly, but it does not have to be an overwhelming and painful experience either. In my 18 years in the IT services world, I have seen it done both poorly and well. Allow me to illustrate for you the typical approaches to selecting a resource and their proven outcomes.

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Right time to take your business international

International BusinessSlightly more than two years ago I participated in a conference that was aimed at helping young entrepreneurs start and grow their own business. Among many presentations, one in particular grabbed my attention. It was presented by a student that was providing web development services to a local Polish market and almost by accident started delivering services to some U.S. based customers. Soon, this “transatlantic work” became a significant revenue stream for this developer, which allowed him to hire a team of developers and grow his business. Continue reading

5 Things I Learned in the First Year at a Startup

Get ready guys! Another 10 minutes and we no longer can be considered a start-up.

It is hard to believe that it has already been a year since we started our journey. And so, I thought that this would be a good time for me to share what I have learned so far from our startup, both the ups and the downs.

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Is this the time to replace a custom MES with a commercial package?

Time to UpgradeI have been selling MES systems for almost a decade now. When I first entered the industry, MES systems were typically sold as MES applications. These applications offered out-of-the box functionality that included things like preconfigured system logic and user screens. Such applications lacked configurability, flexibility and modifying them was not a trivial task. It typically required custom coding and in extreme cases, modifications of the source code. As a result, many manufacturing companies chose to build custom applications to help them manage their production processes. Continue reading

Innovation means leaving the comfort zone

comfort_zoneImagine yourself in this predicament. Since finishing university over a dozen years ago, you’ve worked for the same software company. All your professional experience is tied to this one company, as are the strong bonds you’ve formed with your colleagues by overcoming seriously demanding projects.
But from time to time, you wonder what life would be outside of this company and what other options are out there?

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