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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.

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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Mixed opinions on water problems

Money and finance are the problems; information technology is the fix; which side are you on?
It’s said, often, that infrastructure for water provision to U.S. populations and industry is at a near-crisis stage. And there are signs that it’s the case. Yet because so many water sources are free, and for other reasons, the dollars-and-cents incentives that lead to decisive action often aren’t there.
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