Tuesday, August 21, 2012

ERP to MES—Still?

I’ve been in the automation business now for over 27 years, and it seems that for the past 20 of them, we’ve been wrestling with the concept of #MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) to #ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning).  And it amazes me that we are still having these conversations.  Why?  I have my own ideas, and since this is my blog, you get to find out what they are!

Monday, August 6, 2012

How Automation Systems are like Chopped (Food Network)

OK so this may be a stretch, but I was watching Food Network’s Chopped television show the other night (a guilty pleasure) and I noticed that it’s not about the actual cooking—it’s about time management, strategy, creativity, and differentiation.

The premise of the show is that 4 contestants are given a disparate basket of ingredients—for example, pork belly, guavas, rice wine vinegar and pine nuts, and are challenged with making a cohesive, tasty dish out of it.  They compete against each other for the title of Chopped Champion.