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Implementing An ERP-Part 1: Prerequisites For Implementing An ERP System

The implementation of an ERP is a big decision for you. And, if your decision is on account of the assured growth in terms of both the value and volume, then ERP systems can bring some great advantages to you in the long run. But, implementing an ERP is more of a scary word, probably, […]

Real GDP Revised Up to 1.4 Percent in the Second Quarter

The U.S. economy grew 1.4 percent at the annual rate in the second quarter, up from 1.1 percent in the prior estimate, according to the latest revision from the Bureau...

Does the Size of a Hospital Matter for Quality of Surgery?

I’m away on vacation through October 10th, but I’ve scheduled the posting of an article of interest most weekdays. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts on each and I hope you keep up your daily habit of reading the blog. This article caught my eye recently: Doctors usually think bigger hospitals offer better surgery. […]

New Durable Goods Orders Remained Weak in August

The Census Bureau said that new durable goods orders remained weak in August, continuing a trend that we have seen over the past year or so. New order dropped from...

Treasury Proposal Threatens Family-Owned Businesses

The Treasury Department this summer blindsided small manufacturers with a proposal that could derail plans by many business owners to pass their companies down to future generations. The proposed regulations—which...

A 2:1 Ratio of MD Time on Record Keeping to Patient Care?

This article caught my eye recently: For Every Hour With Patients, Doctors Spend Two Record-Keeping (via Forbes)

Ohio Companies to Treasury: 385 Regulations Negatively Impact Business

A group of nearly 50 Ohio companies, including a number of manufacturers, sent a letter to Treasury today about the negative impact the proposed Section 385 regulations are already having...

Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Activity Remained Weak in September

The Richmond Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity in its district remained weak in September. The composite index of general business activity increased from -11 in August to -8...

Conference Board: Consumer Confidence Jumped Strongly in September to a 9-Year High

The Conference Board said that consumer sentiment jumped strongly in September. The Consumer Confidence Index rose from 101.8 in August to 104.1 in September, its highest level since August 2007....

Some Design Flaws are Annoying… Some are Deadly

I won’t literally be on the beach as the photo at left suggests. But, I will be away on vacation through October 9, so I was going to take some time away from the blog to enjoy the trip, recharge the ole’ batteries, etc. I won’t be working on the site over the next two […]

Litigation Over the Clean Power Plan: The Big Picture

The entire bench of the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia is hearing nearly 4 hours of arguments tomorrow in 39 lawsuits challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power...

Dallas Fed: Manufacturing Conditions Improved in September, but Continued to Contract

The Dallas Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity in its Texas district improved in September, even as sentiment has now contracted for 21 straight months. The composite index of...

Podcast #264 – Tyrone Butler on Lean, Six Sigma, ITIL & More

My guest for Episode #264 is a friend from here in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, Tyrone Butler. He is LSS Managing Partner at his company, Butler Active Business Solutions LLC. He has a background in the Air Force, he pre-dated me at Dell Computer in the 1990s, and he’s being doing a lot of work […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of September 19, 2016: Webinars, Old Posts, and More

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better […]

“The Room Where It Happens”?

The Senate HELP Committee cancelled a mark-up of the Senate version of Perkins CTE reauthorization this week. Perhaps negotiations are on-going and a bi-partisan agreement will emerge, but the window...

The Power of your People: Why Employee Engagement Programs are Essential to CSR Initiatives

This guest blog post is authored by Scott Tew, Executive Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability (CEES) at Ingersoll Rand. We’ve seen that our employees can teach us...

Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Rebounded a Little in August

Manufacturing activity rebounded in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s district in September, expanding after two months of declines. The composite index of general business conditions increased from -4 in...

TPP in Real Life: Texas Medium-Sized Manufacturer Exports Products to over 30 Countries

Polyguard Products Inc. is an Ennis, Texas-based, 138-employee manufacturer that specializes in products that protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water and other substances. The company, which is 100 percent...

NAM Challenges DOL’s New Overtime Rule

The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action filed a complaint with a coalition of other associations on September 20, 2016, to challenge the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule, asserting...

Lessons from the Wells Fargo Scandal, Mismanagement, and Gaming the Numbers

It’s been a busy fall so far. I’ve wanted to blog about the Wells Fargo scandal and management mess, but haven’t had the time to really write a comprehensive blog post about it until now. In less busy times, I might have written a 3,000 word mega post about the situation… but this isn’t that […]

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