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Secrets to a fruitful partnership

“Double our size.” That was the mission I was given when I joined Factora last year. I’m a big believer in a clear mandate, a great candidate, and a smart strategy. Lucky me, I had two out of three before I even started. The foundation of my smart strategy is partnerships. To be successful in growing through partners, you need to focus on just a few, and be all in: Read More

Factora boot camp: hitting the ground running

Traditionally at Factora, we’ve grown our own people. It’s almost impossible to hire the array of skills we need, or the depth, so we tend to hire straight out of university and train. Training has been through mentoring; each new hire would be assigned to a mentor. Besides the value of the training itself, there were many benefits, among them the bonds it built between newer and older staff, and Read More

Sure, big data is awesome – but does yours have a story to tell?

As the rate of data collection has skyrocketed over the last several years, so too has the quest to extract meaning from every single point of data. And while all data tells a story, there are criteria every story must meet in order to convey a meaningful lesson. No lesson? No reason to make an operational change. No operational change? No chance of better performance and profitability. Introduction, conflict, and Read More

You are Robo Cop – it’s gonna be great

The concept of industry 4.0 has been out there for many years. Right along with it has been the pervasive fear, for so many in our industry, that robots are going to replace people. Let’s backtrack Why 4.0? Versus, say 3.0 or 5.0? The first revolution in the industry was steam. Steam locomotives to change transportation. Steam-driven motors to transform manufacturing. Next was 2.0. Electricity … mass production … Henry Read More

2017: Growth on all fronts, with strategic initiatives in play for IIoT

2017 was a year of growth on many fronts for Factora. We built up senior management, particularly in the overburdened area of sales/business development. We spent a great deal of time in the sky, mainly visiting current and prospective clients around the globe, but also travelling to industry trade shows. And we significantly increased our investment and commitment to ThingWorx, the world’s most widely adopted Internet of Things platform. Complementing Read More

Fake news isn’t always political! How real are your numbers?

All over the media, we regularly hear the word fake applied to news and information. Particularly in the political sphere. Today, I want to talk about how fake news creeps into the world of manufacturing. And the rabbit-holes it can lead us down. What is measurement, really? What do those terms mean (pun!)? Even a calculation as simple as an average can be misinterpreted. There’s the mean: sum of values Read More