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Productivity Perspectives

Kevin Parker

Kevin Parker, editorial director of Processing magazine, has been writing about process industry, automation and information-technology markets for more than 20 years.

AI is back

From artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things
Today, improved capabilities and such things as so-called “deep learning” are setting off an AI-related arms race.
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Integration is all yet security concerns only too real

Scale, cyber-security and services define high-tech industrial-automation space
As 2015 brings renewed — if somewhat uneven — economic growth to North American corporations, the process industries increasingly rely on technology-supplier services to fill in resources gaps caused by qualified-worker shortages.
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Oil geo-politics enter latest era

Development in US will continue, out-stripping OPEC and compensating for other falling production
US oil production driven by fracking technology is adding to a glut of supply that tipped prices into a downward spiral starting last June, conclude recent reports from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and others.
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Attend ARC next week in Orlando

Begin to answer the question: If sports analytics can tell NBA basketball pros that the way to win is to focus on 3-pointers, don’t take long 2-pointers and get the rest of your points from lay-ups and free throws, then what more can analytics tell us about process control?
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Oil price halved June to December last year

Even as the Great Recession was unfolding in 2008, the seeds for a second-half 2014 collapse in oil prices were being sown. Oil industry boom-and-bust is more than just a cliché, it’s both cause and effect of bad decision making.
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The saga of the machine segues into the 21st century

Rockwell Automation was once a white-shirt-and-tie engineering company, just as IBM was a white-shirt-and-tie information-technology company. Other points of comparison between the two apply as well, including the importance of “services” to their continuing success. There are some reasons why this is the case.
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GE CEO Jeff Immelt says software, analytics are path to zero unplanned downtime

Just a few moments before the young General Electric (GE) executive standing at the podium introduced his CEO Jeffery Immelt, he mentioned that the GE event they were attending was not meant to be a sales pitch. No sooner had Immelt hopped onto the stage following his introduction then he vociferously disagreed. “I’m here to sell,” he said.
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